Council Regional Involvement

From the January 2017 TownCenter Herald

Making sure that Kennedale continues to be a community where we can provide for our families, enjoy open space and parks, and escape from the hectic pace of DFW, is important to all of us. City Council is actively working to realize that vision and have set priorities that include strengthening our community, advocating for residents, and promoting quality of life.

To those ends, they’re active in local organizations like Rotary Club, as well as regional, state, and national organizations. The former serves to solidify community bonds; the latter ensures that Kennedale has a seat at the table when decisions are being made at higher levels of government.
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With a population of more than seven million, North Texas is the fourth largest metro area in the nation – and the second-fastest growing, adding one person every four minutesGrowth of that scale demands strategic, cooperative planning. However, small cities like Kennedale are easily overlooked, unless they’re represented by leaders who volunteer their time and talents to boards above the municipal level. 

Through regional, state, and national memberships, Council and staff stay informed about issues that have the potential to affect residents’ quality of life, including pending legislation, regional projects, and changes in the political and economic environments. Additionally, these organizations provide training opportunities for Council and staff that help ensure that Kennedale has the knowledge, resources, and skills needed to best serve the community.
Council Involvement  |  Scroll down to read more about these organizations and others that the city has memberships with.

Mayor Brian Johnson (since 2013; Councilmember for 9 years previously)
Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Turner, Place 4 (since 2008)
Charles Overstreet, Place 1 (since 2012)
Liz Carrington, Place 2 (since 2008)
Mike Walker, Place 3 (since 2014)
  • Kennedale Rotary Club
Frank Fernandez, Place 5 (since 2011)


REGIONAL


North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is an association of, by, and for local governments that assists in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. The organization’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. Through NCTCOG, the City of Kennedale has received grants for sidewalks, police and fire equipment, and floodplain management. This is also the primary forum for building and preserving good working relationships with neighboring communities.

Southeast Tarrant Transportation Partnership (SETTP) is dedicated to meeting the transportation and development needs of Southeast Tarrant County, an area that's seen explosive growth over the last decade, and is projected to have a population of more than 2.8 million by 2035. This growth brings new residents, added jobs, and more traffic to an already crowded corridor. SETTP is dedicated to working collaboratively with residents and community leaders; advocating for funding projects aimed at improving transportation; and creating cohesive coordination to implement transportation plans, programs, and projects that enhance transportation opportunities. Current priorities include the I-20/287/820 junction (a top priority on TxDOT’s ten-year plan), and the 360 and 287 corridors. Involvement with SETTP ensures that Kennedale’s needs and perspectives are known, including the design and placement of entrance and exit ramps along I-20.

Regional Transportation Council (RTC) is the independent transportation policy body of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and makes final decisions regarding regional roads, including Kennedale Parkway (Business 287) and I-20. 

Tarrant Regional Transportation Council (TRTC) is committed to finding solutions to the mobility challenges facing the western half of the Metroplex. Our goal is to spur conversation amongst friends, neighbors, business colleagues, local leaders, and state government officials about our region’s urgent mobility needs. Involvement in TRTC ensures that the Kennedale perspective is addressed in the larger regional planning. 

STATE


Texas Municipal League (TML) empowers member cities to better serve their residents. Since its formation in 1913, TML’s mission has remained the same: to serve the needs and advocate the interests of its members. As members, we receive guidance on upcoming legal issues, representation at the state level, and training. The Mayor and Council are involved in the law-making process by serving on legislative policy committees. Council and staff also attend training that keeps them abreast of legislative changes and requirements, assisting in policy decisions.

Texas City Management Association (TCMA) is an organization of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics, and education. Through this organization, staff stays aware of current trends and issues impacting cities.

NATIONAL

National League of Cities (NLC) advocates for municipalities by lobbying in Washington D.C., establishing grassroots campaigns, and providing local leaders the tools with which to better serve their communities through training, programs, and access to a grant database. Attending these events is also an opportunity for knowledge exchange with leaders from other cities, helping Kennedale stay abreast of emerging innovations, industry standards, and future possibilities. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, cities working together strengthens the voice of local government at the nation and state capitols.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) develops and fosters professional management to build better communities. ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. This includes research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development. City Manager Bob Hart is a credentialed manager through ICMA, and must receive 40 hours of training annually. Through ICMA, Kennedale has been matched with the Thriving Earth Exchange Program and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).