Former Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. Files as Candidate for Fort Bend County Commissioner, Precinct 1

Vincent M. Morales, Jr. filed as a candidate for County Commissioner Precinct 1 at the Fort Bend GOP Headquarters on Saturday, November 15, 2015. Fort Bend GOP Chairman Mike Gibson congratulated Morales on his candidacy.

Vincent M. Morales, Jr. filed as a candidate for County Commissioner Precinct 1 at the Fort Bend GOP Headquarters on Saturday, November 15, 2015. Fort Bend GOP Chairman Mike Gibson congratulated Morales on his candidacy.

Former Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. filed Saturday, November 14, 2015 to continue his service to the citizens of Fort Bend County by running for Precinct 1 Commissioner. Morales served the City of Rosenberg as mayor from May 2011-15 and cited his desire to continue his service to Fort Bend County in a greater capacity by seeking the position of County Commissioner, Precinct 1.

“The future of Fort Bend is bright and ripe with possibilities,” said candidate Morales. “For four years, I have had the privilege of serving the citizens of Rosenberg devoting my full attention to preparing our city for the future growth headed our way as one of the fastest growing counties in Texas, and today, Rosenberg stands ready. The City is poised for growth, and we have achieved major milestones in economic development and infrastructure improvements. Now, I want to continue my work on economic development, infrastructure and mobility for not only Rosenberg, but for all of the cities and constituents in Precinct 1.”

A Boom in Economic Development

During Morales’ tenure as mayor, his focus on economic development has led to several corporations, including Aldi USA and Si Environmental Water Services Company, to choose Rosenberg for their headquarters. OCuSOFT expanded their headquarters in Rosenberg, and Aldi USA’s 650,000 square foot Warehouse and Divisional Headquarters located to Rosenberg and expanded to include a retail store providing over 150 community jobs. Superior Tank Company both located and expanded their facility in Rosenberg to 54,000 square feet representing another 100 jobs over five years.

In September of 2014, the City of Rosenberg entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Paragon Outlet Partners to develop a 400,000 square foot outlet mall that is estimated to create 400 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs once open. The project is scheduled to be completed and open for business in late 2017.

Two Rosenberg business parks are currently in development, one featuring a 184 acre architectural and landscape deed restricted park with the capacity to house several businesses offering multiple tract sizes. “Mayor Morales’ efforts in marketing the assets of Rosenberg to both large corporations and small to medium size business interests has attracted multiple opportunities and community assets,” said William G. Smith, Chairman with Fuller Realty Partners, LLC. “As our Precinct 1 Commissioner, we know Vincent will continue his track record of bringing new businesses and jobs to our community while ensuring that our growth is managed and sustainable.”

During his leadership, the Rosenberg Cultural Arts District with the Texas Commission of the Arts was formed. This collaborative effort between the City, the Cultural Arts District and the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance brought several high-profile events to the city attracting not only visitors from across the county, as well as the state, but dollars to businesses.

In October of 2014, Rosenberg was named one of two 2015 Main Street cities by the Texas Historical Commission. It joined 88 other active Main Street cities across Texas in the program designed to assist with downtown revitalization through organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. In October of 2015, the First of Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott visited Rosenberg’s Cultural Arts District and conducted a ceremony to officially recognize the designation for the State of Texas.

“With the successes Rosenberg has realized in economic development over the past four years, our community offers it all,” said Morales. “We have successful businesses, unique, family-friendly leisure activities, a variety of retail offerings and excellent restaurants. This is the type of community that I envision – and will work for – for all of Precinct 1.”

Emphasis on Infrastructure

Morales’ focus on infrastructure has insured that the citizens of Rosenberg will have an affordable, reliable water supply for years to come. The agreement with the Brazosport Water Authority (BWA) secured the delivery of 5.7 million gallons of treated surface water a day for the City by building a 32-mile water line. The $43.5 million BWA project will provide water to Rosenberg to meet the Fort Bend Subsidence District state mandate for 2016, as well as the City’s 60% conversion requirement for 2025. “Water is one of our most critical issues in Texas. With this agreement in place, a long-term, sustainable supply of water for the City is insured so that Rosenberg will be in a position to enjoy continued economic growth. A secure, alternative water supply for all residents in Precinct 1 is paramount, and I plan to utilize my experience and success in water to benefit the citizens of Precinct 1 with a long-term, abundant water supply insuring future success and providing for future growth.”

Morales’ experience as a member of the I-69 Alliance Board assisted TX DOT with the expansion of I-69 to insure mobility improvements for West Fort Bend by designating I-69 as an Interstate Freeway keeping Fort Bend moving forward.

Focus on Education

Morales worked tirelessly to attract the new expansion of Texas State Technical College’s (TSTC) main campus to West Fort Bend County. The new 110,000 square foot building will be situated on a 40-acre campus on I-69 with an additional 40 acres reserved for expansion, and construction has already begun.

“Helping to expand TSTC’s presence in Fort Bend County is a major accomplishment for our community,” said former Rosenberg Mayor and TSTC Board of Regents member Joe M. Gurecky. “This campus will provide highly-skilled workers for our community, which will assist not only existing businesses but will attract new businesses as well. Vincent’s persistence in expanding TSTC in Rosenberg shows not only his ability to get things done but his vision for the future.”

Fort Bend County Precinct 1

Morales’ goal as Precinct 1 Commissioner is to take his experience and achievements as both mayor of Rosenberg and a Fort Bend business owner to ensure a viable, secure future with vast economic opportunities and reliable infrastructure to Precinct 1 constituents just as he has for the citizens of Rosenberg. “My work for Rosenberg is not done; it has only just begun,” said Mayor Morales. “By serving as Precinct 1 Commissioner, I will continue my focus on economic development and vital infrastructure on a larger scale. I am committed to making certain that our community will be a viable place to live, work and educate our children and grandchildren for years to come, and by serving as Precinct 1 Commissioner, I can do just that.”

Morales is married to Fort Bend County native Regina Klingle Morales, owner of RLM Advisory Group LLC, President/CEO of Central Fort Bend Chamber and President of GreenScape Associates, LLC. They have two children, Christopher and Justin, and three grandchildren, Madelyn, William and Parker.

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