Posted on: April 6, 2017

Eight La Marque City Officials Participate in A&M’s Texas Citizen Planner Course

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City of La Marque officials, volunteers and employees among the graduating class for Texas A&M’s Coastal Watershed Program Texas Citizen Planner Course. 

La Marque, Texas (April 6, 2017) – City of La Marque City Manager Carol Buttler along with seven other city officials, volunteers and employees completed the Texas Citizen Planner Foundations Course Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Texas Citizen Planner (TCP) program is a city planning education program offered through the Texas A&M University system. 

According to, the TCP program provides city planning curriculum focused on issues important to Texas communities. Attendees from City of La Marque were:

  • City of La Marque City Manager Carol Buttler
  • City of La Marque Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chairman Greg Cornett
  • Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Alex Getty
  • Economic Development Corporation Public Relations Specialist Colleen Merritt
  • City of La Marque Director of Public Services Les Rumburg
  • City of La Marque Development Coordinator Sussie Sutton
  • City of La Marque Code Compliance Supervisor Kathleen Van Stavern
  • City of La Marque Emergency Management Coordinator Charlene Warren 

The Planning Foundations course covers legal authority, policy tools and best practices. After completing the Planning Foundations course, students can enroll in specialty knowledge tracks covering flood mitigation, stormwater management, and plan integration. 

Each two-and-a-half-hour class included case studies and engaging instruction from planning leaders, practitioners, and researchers. This is a non-credit series leading to a “Citizen Planner” certificate of completion awarded by the Texas Coastal Watershed Program. Upon program completion students join a network of local officials who are committed to making Texas communities better, safer, more vibrant places to live and work through sound planning practices. For information, visit or contact Celina Gauthier Lowry at


About the City of La Marque: The City of La Marque is in Galveston County approximately 15 miles from the southern city limit of Houston and four miles north of Galveston Island. La Marque has an estimated population of 16,000 and an area of 14.25 square miles. Citizens enjoy coastal living with the security of a hurricane protection levee system. The city provides a wide range of programs including Bayou Fest, an annual community concert and BBQ Cook Off. City of La Marque boasts easy access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment options. For business, La Marque offers developmental incentives, an abundance of commercial property and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf. Discover the possibilities at 


Colleen Merritt, MA

Public Relations Specialist

La Marque Economic Development Corporation 

1130 1st Street

La Marque, TX 77568 

(409) 938-9255 Office 

(409) 795-0165 Cell

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