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State of the City
The annual State of the City event was recently hosted by the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce on March 10, 2017 at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center.

Watch the full State of the City now!


Full text and videos played during the State of the City are below.  
Photos from the event are available at https://flic.kr/s/aHskTxgCAW


Mayor Pat Hallisey’s comments

It’s been an interesting year, but let me tell you at the end of 2016 moving into 2017 ... this town is just exploding. It’s an exciting time to be here.  

Let me start by thanking the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce for hosting our annual State of the City and providing us with an opportunity to talk about all the great things that are happening.

I’d like to start out by introducing the council members that are here with us today:

Councilman Larry Millican and, his wife, Monica

Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Todd Kinsey

Councilman Greg Gripon.  I started my public career in League City in 1975 and Greg’s father was the one that hired me into the city.  

Councilman Keith Gross.  

Councilman Nick Long, and his wife, Kari Long

And, because public service is a family affair I would like to introduce the love of my life of 35 years, Janice, who does a lot around town.  

They introduced some of the other dignitaries, but I want to make some comments about a couple of them.  On behalf of the entire City Council and myself, I would also like to take a moment to thank some of the elected officials who partner with us and mean so much to us.  

Jed Webb who is representing Congressman Randy Weber 

Fay Picard, representing Representative Dr. Greg Bonnen

Darrell Apffel

Our District Attorney in Galveston County, Jack Roady

The Honorable Kathleen McCumber, Galveston County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 and League City Municipal Court Judge

Ron Servis who works for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is everywhere in the north end of the county.  Many of you may or may not know that we have about 15,000 residents that live in League City, but reside in Harris County.  

Ann Hammond and Dr. Laura DuPont from the Clear Creek Independent School District Board.  I don’t want to be overly seriously; this is going to be a fun day.  I’m proud of that school district, it is one of the driving forces that is allowing League City to grow.  Read the material that is on their website.  Education has been a driving force in this community since the 1854’s when the Butlers came and it still is today.  

We have a special guest with us here today, Blu Baillio.  Blu’s daughter, Maddie Baillio, was a Clear Falls High School graduate and is now a national TV star.  She represented League City well on the live play Hairspray Live that was on national television.  We are so proud of her and want you to carry that message back that she makes us League City proud and that we talked about her today.  

Thank you to everyone for being here today.  I know you have a hundred other things in your busy life, but you came to learn a little bit about your city and I’m happy that you did.  

People continuously choose to make League City their home because of the quality of life, affordable housing, and recreational, medical, and educational opportunities.  But, it’s not just about that, at the end of the day, people choose a community that they most identify with no matter how much our city grows - we are still a close-knit community who has been able to preserve the small-town feel.

That’s not an easy task to do.  That is a goal of your existing City Council … to keep the small-town feel as we grow almost to a quarter of a million people before we hit build out.  

When we connect the past, we think about the Butlers, the Perkins and other families who came here in 1854.  What brought them here more than anything else was opportunity, the faith-based communities that would follow them here that were so important.  It was about the fact whether it was the One Room Schoolhouse or a 40,000 student school district … they wanted a better life for their families and those to come.  

The opportunity was growth here in the early days.  You know, we farmed, we ranched, moved cattle around.  It was an exciting time.  I’m always reminded, J.C. League, who I’ve described throughout the last 40 years as a white-haired guy and a beard who laid out what the original League City town site in 1896, a park.  He did lay out a park, it’s still a park today, you know it as League Park, but there was a railroad depot there and that depot stayed there until 1968.  The railroads were a big part of our growing to move product to the marketplaces whether they were in Galveston, Houston or somewhere else in the State.  It played a big role.  Most of you may or may not know that in the old days, 2nd Street, not what you know as Main Street was the main street of the community.  I had the great pleasure of knowing Ray Butler and getting to know him.  He was a six-year-old boy when his father and Helen Hall’s father, Mr. Lewis, planted those trees along what you know as Main Street in 1906 which was the entrance way to the Butler Family Ranch.  That is illustrated by Founder’s Square down on the corner of Park and Main.  

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