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TMRA Recognizes Rep. Larry Gonzlaes as Legislator of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas [Oct. 31, 2017] — The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA), the state's leading mining industry association representing more than 150 companies and individual members, presented Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell with its 2017 Elected Official of the Year Award at the trade group's annual meeting last night in Bastrop, Texas. The award is in recognition of his support for the Texas lignite mining industry.
“On the heels of the announcement of the permanent shutdown of Luminant's Thermo Mine, Maxwell was instrumental in leading the charge to breathe new life into this community asset, which had served the City of Sulphur Springs and its surrounding community for so many decades,” said Ches Blevins, TMRA executive director and general counsel.
Because of its proximity to the City of Sulphur Springs, the Thermo Mine presented an ideal opportunity for dual repurposing as a mixed-use zone with both industrial and recreational development. Maxwell was keenly aware of the opportunities that could stem from redevelopment of this asset and has been working with Luminant for the past two years to bring some of his ideas to fruition.
“The solution just seemed so evident; Luminant wouldn't be required to rebuild county roads or demolish an overpass, and it could write off the donation. The city would receive an asset that could be a game changer in terms of large recreational events and even some industrial development,” said Maxwell. “It's a win-win situation. We are so grateful for Luminant's receptivity and generosity.”
Maxwell has been the city manager for the City of Sulphur Springs, Texas, for 22 years. In this role, he serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible for 157 employees and an operating budget of approximately $30 million. He plans, directs and reviews the city's activities and operations, while maintaining a positive working relationship with many outside agencies
Maxwell is motivated by a desire to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Sulphur Springs. He has an ambitious and forward-looking vision for the city and often employs out-of-the-box thinking to make that vision a reality.
He and his wife Kathy have two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.

About TMRA The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) is a single voice for the Texas mining industry that exhibits integrity, clarity and vision in its efforts to create a balance between mineral production, environmental protection, economic strength and public welfare and to inform the public, regulators and legislators of the value of mining to the Texas economy and lifestyle. For more information, please visit