Corpus Christi Mayor Discusses the Foundations of Change

Published: March 01, 2013

Corpus Christi Mayor Discusses the Foundations of Change

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez paid a visit to Dr. Ben Blanco’s Organizational & Development class to speak to the students about the necessities of change and being a leader, February 25 at the Island University.

“You are a leader in your own right with your God given talents,” said Martinez. “Whoever you are, you can still affect change.”

Martinez introduced herself to the class and shared her story of how she put herself through school, started a career in real estate, and became the Mayor of Corpus Christi.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Martinez believes there is much work to be done in her hometown, but also that there is a lot of room for growth.  Beginning in November, voters will decide whether or not to pass a $41 million bond package that will ignite the construction of the project, Destination Bayfront. The funds will transform the Downtown Corpus Christi area on Shoreline Boulevard from Buford Street to Park Street, making it more attractive for tourists and families.

“If you’re going to make something work, you have to take risks, and they have to make qualified change,” said Martinez. “It is going to be what I call a game changer for the whole community.”

Martinez also has major plans to reconstruct the city’s roads which will take 10-20 years to fix.

“There is going to be resistance to change in any community, and you have to educate the public on why we need change,” said Martinez. “You have to help your citizens understand why you want to get from point A to point B.”