During her campaign kickoff, a mayoral candidate said: “We can’t go back to the past.”

Well, I am extremely proud of my past accomplishments as mayor of Mission.

From 1998 to 2018, I worked every day to have a safe community, reducing property taxes by 21 percent, improving the ?City’s infrastructure, creating jobs and bringing in new businesses and residents into our community.

These are some of the many major projects my administration developed in “the past”:

  • New Mission City Hall
  • Construction of the Mission Event Center
  • New Police Station and Municipal Court building
  • New Central Fire Station and three new substations
  • New Chamber of Commerce building
  • Renovation and expansion of the Speer Municipal Library (from 18,660 to 48,760 square feet)
  • Mission Historical Museum renovation
  • Almost $500 million in major street expansions: Shary Road, Business 83, Anzalduas Highway, Trinity and Bryan overpass, expansion of Mile 2 north from Taylor to Inspiration, Inspiration Road to US 83 overpass. 
  • Development of new city parks, and a permanent renovation program of all City parks
  • Mission Hike and Bike trails development (2003)
  • New City gyms and pools
  • Construction of the CEED building (?C?enter for Education and Economic Development (Mission Economic Development Corporation)
  • Yearly $100,000 Ruby Red Ventures sea;; business fund to promote entrepreneurial spirit and promote the creation of innovative businesses in Mission
  • In 2015 our Mission EDC was recognized by the White House for our City of Mission STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) Education programs
  • Downtown streetscape renovation and creation
  • The ‘Facade Improvement Program’ began in 2013 to increase the area’s economic vitality (as of 2018, we helped 37 businesses totaling an investment of $320,000)
  • Residential, commercial and industrial development (from 2014 to 2018 Royal Technologies, Stnaley Black and Decker, and Southwest Steel together invested over $100 million to expand their operations and create approximately 1,000 new jobs)
  • Expansion of the City’s water and sewage treatment plants, and construction of fort new water towers
  • New drainage and sewer infrastructure in the city of Mission
  • 352 new houses in the CDGB program, and renovation of 115 homes

The past was very prosperous and I assure you that the future… will be even better.

Let’s bring back the experience, and results. 

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by former Mission Mayor Norberto ‘Beto’ Salinas.

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