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Ernie & Janice Gonzalez with Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos

Freer Represented at Energy Industry Luncheon

(San Antonio, TX – August 23, 2017) The City of Freer was represented at the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos or AEM Energy Industry Luncheon in San Antonio, TX, on Monday, August 21, 2017.

The city’ was represented by EMC Strategy Group Owner & Founder Janice and President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.

Special guests at the AEM Luncheon included: Texas Secretary of State Rolando Palobos, Chairman Commissioner Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton, Bill Magness, CEO of ERCOT (Texas Electric Reliability Council), and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza.

The speakers presented a positive vision for the future of the energy industry impacting both the State of Texas and Mexico.  They stressed the need for government to invest in greater infrastructure and to also work with the energy industry to help build an avenue for economic growth.  Representatives from Mexico and the United States echoed the need for more uniformed and streamlined regulatory industry standards that could make it easier for American and Mexican energy companies do business, while at the same time protecting the environment.

“Freer needs to maintain a presence at these important energy industry events so that we can be involved in the conversation for economic growth, especially through energy opportunities,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @emchelpingcommunitiesgrow.

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Ernie & Janice Gonzalez with Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton

Ernie & Janice Gonzalez with Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton

San Diego Represented Eagle Ford Consortium Regional Meeting

(Corpus Christi, TX – August 22, 2017) The City of San Diego was represented at the Eagle Ford Consortium Regional Meeting in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The city’s government relations & business economic development consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, led by Janice M. Gonzalez and Ernie Gonzalez, Jr., attended the regional meeting.  Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton was the keynote speaker and provided a positive update regarding the increased production in the Eagle Ford Shale.  Commissioner Sitton told attendees that he is confident that the cost of the barrel of oil will increase throughout the next several months and into 2018.  This will have a ripple effect in on the overall Texas economy and communities throughout the Eagle Ford.  “I am optimistic about the oil and gas industry in Texas and the reports on increased permitting requests that my office is seeing this year,” says Commissioner Sitton.

Currently, the price per barrel is sitting at a comfortable $48.50 and expected to hit $55 by the end of the year.  This is a 2.93% increase over last year.  Oil companies throughout the Eagle Ford have increased their manpower and productivity and brought back bonus incentives for oil field workers, which had been held back for over a year.

“The information we received at the Eagle Ford Consortium Meeting was absolutely uplifting and will certainly have a positive impact on the regional economy,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.  EMC Strategy Group, LLC, will represent the Cities of San Diego and Freer at all future Eagle Ford Consortium Meetings.

“It is absolutely vital that Freer is represented at key meetings throughout the state and EMC Strategy Group is making sure that Freer continues to have a seat around the table,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  “We are gathering important information and relaying it back to city leadership so that they are able to make better and informed decisions,” adds Gonzalez.

The Eagle Ford Consortium is non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that the communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region can explore, produce and benefit from the area’s natural gas and oil resources.  Its board is made up of key business and government leaders from throughout the Eagle Ford Shale.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit www.emcstrategygroup.com or like us on Facebook @emchelpingcommunitiesgrow.

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Free Telecommunications Workshop

(Freer, TX – July 26, 2017) The City of Freer will hold a Telecommunications workshop on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This month’s workshop is sponsored by EMC Strategy Group, LLC.

AT&T  will present a telecommunications workshop focused on keeping business running at a low cost. Informational packets will be provided for workshop participants, along with the opportunity to meet Corpus Christi business advisor and guest speaker Lianna Love.

Segments to be covered at the seminar include; streamlining business process, boosting employee productivity, improving customer interaction and response times, enhancing brand recognition with mobile applications, and reducing risk with scalable cross platform solutions.

“In today’s world  reliable communication networks play a vital role in connecting businesses with their clients” says Business & Economic Development Consultant Ernie Gonzalez. “AT&T is the leading communications company in the world. It’s exciting to have them in Freer, TX  holding a free seminar teaching local business owners telecommunications techniques to succeed” Gonzalez adds.

This workshop will also be streamed on Facebook Live and posted on the city’s website and Facebook Page.

For more information on the workshop and advertising opportunities visit www.freertx.org.    You may also contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, Ext. 102.

Freer  Workshop – Wednesday, August 9, 3-4:00 p.m, at the Freer ISD Board Room. Snacks provided.

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Free Business Workshop

(Freer, TX – June 8, 2017) The City of Freer will hold Business Development Workshop on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  This month’s workshop is sponsored by Corpus Christi based Impact Marketing.

The workshop will focus on promotional branded items for small businesses, such as; embroidered or printed shirts, caps, key chains, pens, cups, etc.  Impact Marketing is one of the leading marketing promotional companies in the Coastal Bend and provides services to businesses and government agencies throughout South Texas.

Marketing promotional samples will be provided for workshop participants.  “Branding for small businesses is extremely important for name recognition and consistency,” says Business & Economic Development Consultant Janice M. Gonzalez.  “We are very pleased that Impact Marketing is going to present and sponsor this workshop, we encourage all business owners in Freer and the surrounding communities to attend and take advantage of the free giveaways,” adds Gonzalez.  Freer Business owners will receive special discounts for attending the workshop.  This workshop will also be streamed on Facebook Live and posted on the city’s website and Facebook Page.

For more information visit www.freertx.org.   You may also contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102.

Freer Workshop – Wednesday, June 14, 3 – 4 p.m, at Freer ISD Boardroom.

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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

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Freer Government Relations Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 1, 6.6.17

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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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