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Freer Municipal Court Receives Statewide Award!

(Austin, TX – March 22, 2017) The City of Freer Municipal Court was recently selected to receive a statewide award by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center’s (TMCEC) 2017 Traffic Safety Awards.  Freer’s Municipal Court was among ten courts serving similar size Texas communities and chosen because of its outstanding contribution to traffic safety and preventing impaired driving in its  jurisdiction. 

The TMCEC is an official program of the Texas Department of Transportation and provides training and support to municipal courts throughout the state for improved traffic safety.   Judge Rachel De Los Santos has presided over the Freer’s Municipal Court since August 26, 2015.

“I am extremely proud of Judge De Los Santos and her commitment to the community,” says Freer Mayor Arnold Cantu.  “She is one of our top employees and sets the bar high for others to follow,” adds Mayor Cantu. 

Judge De Los Santos will be recognized and receive the TMCE Traffic Safety Award on behalf of the Freer Municipal Court at the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference on March 27-29, 2017 in Austin, TX.

“Judge De Los Santos is an outstanding example for all judges and always demonstrates professionalism and runs a fair and thorough municipal court,” says Freer City Manager Ana Garcia.  “We are lucky to have her on the bench,” adds Garcia.    

For more information, please contact Ernie Gonzalez at ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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Cities of Freer and San Diego Thinking Regional

(Austin, TX – March 14, 2017) In an awesome display of regional leadership, the Cities of Freer and San Diego joined forces last week at the first ever Freer & San Diego Capitol Days.  City leadership representing both cities worked with EMC Strategy Group, LLC to present their respective legislative priorities to the State Legislature on March 7 & 8, 2017.  Both cities have very similar priorities, which include: infrastructure (streets and drainage), business & economic development, public safety and quality of life.   Each city had a delegation of three representatives and led by their mayors.

Freer Delegation – Mayor Arnold Cantu, Municipal Judge Rachel De Los Santos, City Manager Ana Garcia

San Diego Delegation – Mayor Sally Lichtenberger, Mayor Pro-tem Shelly Gaitan, City Director Aleida Luera

“It’s a great demonstration of leadership that Mayors Lichtenberger and Cantu are thinking of growing regionally and setting aside lines on a map,” said Texas Workforce Commissioner on Labor Julian Alvarez.

Freer Mayor Arnold Cantu and San Diego Mayor Sally Lichtenberger have a great working relationship and agreed to team up for this advocacy trip to the State Capitol.  “I am extremely pleased that Mayor Cantu and I shared our community needs to key members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, I think that we started a great conversation with our legislators,” said Mayor Sally Lichtenberger.

Cities and Counties have been working aggressively since the start of the 85th Legislative Session to push forward their political and legislative priorities.  The session began on January 10, 2017 and EMC Strategy Group has been representing both cities in Austin since day one.

“I’m glad that Freer and San Diego are making our priorities known to our state officials,” said Mayor Arnold Cantu.   “Senators Judith Zaffirini and State Representative Ryan Guillen gave us a great welcoming to the Capitol and we know that we can count on their support for our local projects,” added Mayor Cantu.  Both cities and their delegations were recognized in the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate by Senator Judith Zaffirini and State Representative Ryan Guillen.

EMC Strategy Group organized the two-day trip, which included a legislative day briefing and meeting with twelve legislative offices and the Texas Workforce Commissioner on Labor Julian Alvarez.  The delegation met with the chairmen and vice-chairs of the committees on: Business & Industry, Calendars, Small Business, Homeland Security & Public Safety, Finance and Ways and Means.  “We are very proud of Mayor Arnold Cantu and Mayor Sally Lichtenberger for their exceptional leadership,” said EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.  “They are the real deal and connected extremely well with our political leaders on both sides of the isle (democrats and republicans) and we are going to continue our hard work for San Diego and Freer,” added Gonzalez.

For more information about current legislative outreach, please contact Ernie Gonzalez at ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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City of Freer Response to Sanctuary Cities

(Freer, TX, February 1, 2017) There has been a lot of national attention and debate recently about sanctuary cities and the potential for cities to lose federal funding for local projects.  The City of Freer is in full compliance with all state and federal laws and makes public safety one of its top priorities.

The City of Freer and its Police Department has a strong working relationship with the United States Border Patrol and routinely aids whenever needed to support the organization and its mission.  The U.S. Border Patrol has a station just outside the City of Freer city limits and the station’s presence serves as a crime deterrent for our small community.  The City of Freer also has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Border Patrol Aviation Division, which provides access to the Freer Municipal Airport to store fuel and land its helicopters.

The City of Freer is an economically challenged community and strives to be in full compliance with all state and federal laws as we seek grants to support our local community.

The City of Freer is in regular contact with state and federal agencies and members of the state and federal legislature through its city manager and professional government relations consulting firm EMC Strategy Group, LLC.

The City of Freer is committed to advancing the overall growth, development, quality of life and public safety for all its residents.

For more information, please contact Ernie Gonzalez, Jr., at 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Ernie Gonzalez, Jr. – 210.960.4340, ext. 101

“Freer To Hold Business Awards Reception”

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(Freer, TX – December 28, 2017) The City of Freer will hold its Inaugural Business Awards Reception on February 21, 2017.  This reception will recognize local business owners for noteworthy contribution and leadership to the local economy.  Award categories include: Business Innovation, Business of the Year, Business Man and Woman of the Year and Business Marketing Award.

Nomination forms are available under the Economic Development tab on the City of Freer website at www.freertx.org.    Nominations are due January 7, 2017.  Businesses may self-nominate.  Information about sponsorships opportunities for the reception will be available at the website noted above.

 

For more information about the reception, please contact  janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Ernie Gonzalez, Jr. – 210.960.4340, ext. 101

“Texas Workforce Commission Workshop”

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(Freer, TX – November 28, 2016) – The City of Freer and the Texas Workforce Commission will hold a Business Development Workshop on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at the Best Western in Freer. This workshop is open to all business owners, aspiring business owners, managers and human resource personnel.  Sonia Valdez of the Texas Workforce Commission and Leticia Flores of the Office of the Governor will be on-hand to provide local business people with key information about current Texas business regulations and changes coming in 2017.  The workshop will also provide local businesses the opportunity to network and promote their services and products.  There will also be door prizes and any business that is represented at the workshop will receive free advertisement.  This workshop is being organized by San Antonio based EMC Strategy Group and is one of five Business & Economic Development Workshops that have been held locally since August.  EMC is also organizing the Inaugural Freer Business Awards Reception, which will be held in February.  Nomination forms will be available on December 1, 2016 at www.emcstrategygroup.com and www.freertx.org.   For more information, please contact Janice Gonzalez at 210.960.4340, ext. 101 or janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

 

 

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(Freer, TX – November 22, 2016) – The City of Freer morns the loss of Fire Chief James Riddle Finney who passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016.  “We are sadden by this loss to our community,” says Mayor Arnold Cantu.  “Chief Finney dedicated his life to public service and the entire Freer Community, he will be deeply missed.  Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family,’ ads Cantu.

For more details about funeral services, please see the link below:

http://www.garzafuneralhome.com/mobile/obituaries-details.cfm?o_id=4012484&fh_id=11880&forcelayout=mobile#obituaries

 

Newsletter

Click below for the Government Relations Newsletter:

Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 11, 4.5.2017

Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 10 B, 3.5.2017

Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 9, 2.1.17

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Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 5, 10-3-16

Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 4, 9.1.16

Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 3, 7.29.16

Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 2, 6.29.16

 

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City Host Free Workshop for Business Owners

Freer, TX – September 12, 2016) The City of Freer will host a Business Development Workshop on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., at the Best Western in Freer, TX.

This workshop will feature a presentation from Rio Grande Valley based PeopleFund.  PeopleFund is a national organization that provides financial capital to new and existing businesses.  Many of its clients struggle to secure funding from traditional financial institutions because of challenging credit issues or what are considered to be “high-risk” businesses.

Workshop participants will be able to begin the application process for funding at the workshop and also receive first-hand guidance on growing their business.

“We are very excited about this first Business Development Workshop that we are organizing for the City of Freer, TX,” says EMC Strategy Group, Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, who previously served as the Business & Economic Development Director for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, led a team in West Texas and Southern New Mexico that organized business workshops throughout the year and worked closely with state and federal agencies to support local business owners.

EMC Strategy Group has several Business & Economic Development Workshops already scheduled between September through February 2017.  These workshops will provide assistance, resources, support, training and various tools to help local business owners and aspiring business owners achieve their business goals.

For more information about the Business Development Workshop, please contact Janice Gonzalez at janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or 210.960.4340, ext. 102.

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City Meets with U.S. Senator Cruz’s Office

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz South Texas Director Casandra Garcia meets with city officials.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz South Texas Director Casandra Garcia meets with city officials.

July 26, 2016 – South Texas Regional Director Casandra Garcia of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Office met with City of Freer Officials on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the establishment of an interagency agreement with the U.S. Border Patrol and the City of Freer.

The Border Patrol, which has a station just outside the city limits, uses the city’s municipal airport for landing its helicopters and store reserve fuel.  The city officially requested that the Border Patrol agree to provide an emergency prisoner detainment contingency plan.  This plan would only become active in the event that the city police department is unable to transport a high-risk prisoner to the Duval County Sheriff’s Department.  The city also asked that the Border Patrol consider the donation of used vehicles and equipment prior to auction.

Ms. Garcia pledged support from Senator Cruz’s office as the city seeks federal grants and support from other federal agencies.  For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrateygroup.com.

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