Working for the future of transportation, the WC-CLゴブスレ スロット Authority hosted two Transportation Reinvestment Zone workshops together with local elected officials, including Mayor Dr. Treviño, Mayor Pro Tempore, Council Member Vanessa Perez, and Council Member Alyssa Cigarroa; Gilbert Gonzalez; Dr. Tyler King; and Melissa Cigarroa.  The members of the RMA board collaborated with its team of consultants, specifically economist, Travis James of TXP and Brian O’Reilly of Locke Lord. Data shown informs decisions for the present and impacts the future of funding for transportation projects in Laredo,ゴブスレ スロット, Texas.

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Melisa Montemayor addressed the members of the RMA board who invited Laredo Mayor Dr. Trevino and members of the Laredo City Council to meet in a second workshop reviewing the merits and possible implementation of a Transportation Reinvestment Zone in South Laredo and to initiate a study in North Laredo.

Between the two workshops, one in July and another in August, staff from theゴブスレ スロットEconomic Development, Fire, City Managers, Traffic, Planning, Bridge, Airport, Budget, and the Laredo-Webb County Area Metropolitan Planning Committee were present during the workshops.  Additionally, members of the WC-CL RMA innovative financing committee, Robert Morris, and partner organizations from the private sector, including representatives from Crane Engineering and Killam Development, attended. The workshop first covered the definition and uses of funds derived from a Transportation Reinvestment Zone. The following discussion covered the next steps to implement the Cuatro Vientos TRZ and the development of a TRZ study for north Laredo.

According to O’Reilly, of Locke Lord, Transportation Reinvestment Zones (“TRZs”) are an innovative tool for generating funding by capturing and leveraging the economic growth that results from a transportation project.  Development of new projects and the expansion or improvement of existing projects, often spur increased economic development in areas around a project. This economic development can be in the form of the construction of new homes and businesses in previously undeveloped areas or through the redevelopment of existing areas, which, as a result of a project, experience improved access to homes and businesses. As development or redevelopment occurs, property values in those areas increase. A TRZ allows a municipality, county, or port authority to designate a geographic area around a transportation project and to capture the increase in ad valorem tax revenues resulting from the increase in property values for use in connection with the financing of the project. In this manner, the economic growth attributable to the project is used to support the funding of the project.  It is important to note that a TRZ does not result in a tax increase – it is merely a specific dedication of the incremental tax revenues generated within the boundaries of a TRZ.