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Posted on: December 14, 2023

DOZENS TURN OUT FOR INAUGURAL "COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR" HOSTED BY BROWNSVILLE MAYOR

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Brownsville Mayor John Cowen Jr. held his inaugural Coffee with the Mayor where he provided community members with the chance to engage in an informal conversation with him. 

Dozens of community members attended the Coffee with the Mayor held at the Luby’s Cafeteria at Sunrise Mall. 

“I think it’s important to be able to connect with the community and be able to have to have those face-to-face conversations. I know some people are commenting that elected officials sometimes aren’t there to answer their questions and I want to have that face-to-face approach,” Cowen said. 

Cowen discussed several topics at the event such as SpaceX, Rio Grande LNG, economic growth in the City of Brownsville, industrial development, and the revitalization of downtown Brownsville. 

 Cowen told the audience that 85% of the individuals employed by SpaceX are Brownsville residents which is an example of the talent that can be found in the community.  

The mayor said Rio Grande LNG is expected to provide between 350 to 400 long-term jobs with salaries at about $70,000. 

Cowen also spoke about some of the projects the city is working on including road improvements, the Lit-Fiber BTX, and the expansion of the Gladys Porter Zoo. 

“Our zoo is one of our most valuable assets that makes us really special in Brownsville. It’s the biggest tourism driver South of Corpus Christi. Over half a million people come and visit us here every year,” Cowen said. 

Cowen also fielded questions from the groups about the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center, the city’s ordinance regarding political signs, the Gladys Porter Zoo, and the proposed capital recovery fee program. 

The mayor said he was pleased by the large turnout and to address the questions posed by the community members. 

“Part of my vision for this office is to be more approachable and to have that direct face-to-face relationship with the community,” Cowen said.  

Cowen plans to hold Coffee with the Mayor events quarterly throughout the city’s four districts.    

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