CIVIC INFRASTRUCTURE

The effectiveness of developing communities begins with the quality of its civic infrastructure, which is comprised of places, policies, programs and practices that enable individuals to streamline communication between each other. This is to address shared community concerns, to expedite completion of initiatives, and to solve public problems with a strategic and collaborative approach.

For civic infrastructure to be reliable, it must exist with the purpose of engaging all areas of

the community, considering all feedback, and facilitating an environment for mutual exchanges of information. While our district has some active civic groups, there is a lack of a central unifying presence to streamline communication and keep initiatives and issues organized among them. This leads to stagnation of developmental progress within the community, and often creates more complications for the public as there is a limited focused effort on finding the appropriate solutions.

INITIATIVE

As your future representative, I plan to use my office as the unifying community hub that is needed to strengthen our civic infrastructure and give the organizational leaders the resources and platform they need to focus their efforts in an impactful manner. This would involve, but not be limited to connecting civic leadership to the necessary bodies of influence in the state capitol, as well as maintaining a firm focus on issues within our district instead of issues of state issues with the federal government.

Additionally, my office would connect individuals wanting to become involved with, or create a new civic club with the appropriate tools and contacts that they need within local government to push forward their development and improvement projects. We would also provide the community with the necessary printing services free of charge to create advertisements or flyers to promote initiatives that would benefit our neighborhoods and citizens.

My staff and I would serve as the first point of contact for all civic training and engagements, as well as welcoming all residents to my office whenever needed for launching or expediting neighborhood initiatives within District 147. Through my office, I would like to help educate, train and build the next generation of civic leaders, as well as create well-informed voters that are actively involved in community projects.

STATE OF THE ISSUE

The importance that civic clubs play in the development and progression of our community cannot be understated, especially after major natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey which left most of our city in shambles for a significant period. While there have been recovery efforts all throughout Houston, there are still neighborhoods which have yet to receive heavy trash pickup, while different communities have already had multiple trash pickups.

The keen difference in the outcome of a neighborhood’s progress is directly reflected by the activeness and influence of the civic group which represents them. A civic group that is inactive or ineffective will not be able to make the same kind of progress in the same amount of time as a civic group that is constantly engaged with local government leadership and takes on the challenge to be as resourceful as possible in the interest of the community.

It is my goal as your State Representative of District 147 is to continue to improve on existing civic infrastructure while assisting and training new civic groups to effectively and wisely invest their time and effort. I hope to bring together the civic leadership that we have to speed up government reaction times, maintain critical services, and resolve community issues with a pragmatism and collaborative efforts.