By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) joined the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce and took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Council Member Place #5 Jason Albert also serves as president of the MEDC. He brings a unique perspective to the position because he is fully aware of the role of the council as well as that of the economic development group.
According to Albert, “Joining the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce is symbolic of our new approach to economic development in Manvel. We want to do lots of visual things as we improve outreach for local businesses.”
The primary duty of City Council is policymaking, which includes: 1) formulating programs to meet the changing requirements of the community; 2) identifying the needs of local residents; and 3) measuring the effectiveness of ongoing municipal services.
Albert is excited to head up the MEDC because he believes that they can collaborate better with council, study city goals and come up with key projects to help them achieve these goals. The MEDC is made up of seven positions with one vacant at present. Chad Bell serves as vice president, Melody Hanson serves as secretary and other members are, Steve Granson, Karen Kinlaw, and Robina Spruill.
“I am excited because we have been focused on infrastructure and now we can focus on activities that will help local businesses and attract new ones as well. We spent time in a workshop group with the Brazoria County Economic Alliance and we brainstormed about new ideas to help our city.”
Manvel is in a dynamic growth area that is situated within minutes of downtown Houston in northern Brazoria County and its proximity to Houston offers easy access to all parts of the metroplex.
Manvel describes itself as a “city on the rise” and city leaders are developing a wide range of possibilities to provide a sense of place, diversity, character and lasting value to its citizenry. The community is working together to make Manvel, Texas a special place to live, work and play.
The City of Manvel adopted a comprehensive master plan in 2007 and subsequently updated the plan. The City of Manvel elected officials, appointed committees and staff are working diligently to strategically position Manvel with the desired mix of residential and retail to assure the sustainability of the community.