Von Ormy —Von Ormy Mayor Art Martinez de Vara was recently named by Business Journals as a National Who’s Who in Energy. Martinez de Vara was one of 671 individuals from across the United States who received this award. This distinction went to those individuals identified as leaders in the finance, legal, transportation, utility, retail, drilling, and exploration sectors of the energy industry. Martinez de Vara was noted for his expertise in public policy. In granting the recognition, Business Journal stated that Martinez de Vara, "Organized the County Judges and Mayors in the Eagle Ford Shale Play into a public policy think tank called South Texas Partnership of Governments. This was in response to the tremendous challenges facing these small governmental units and attempts by the City of San Antonio to speak on their behalf."
The Mayor told the Star, "Energy is once again driving the economy of South Texas. It is essential to develop innovative solutions to the challenges resulting from this oil play, including rapid growth, traffic, groundwater supply and environmental protection. The Mayors, County Judges and other elected officials of South Texas are facing these challenges head on and this national recognition is a result of their collective work. We all share in this award."
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