100 Central Texas Mayors Endorse Baylor Proposal For Bush Library

Oct. 30, 2003

by Lori Scott Fogleman

One-hundred Central Texas mayors have endorsed Baylor University's proposal to locate the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Waco, outlining in a letter to President Bush the educational and economic benefits of a presidential library in Central Texas.

The mayors represent communities in 23 counties across the region. The letter was forwarded Oct. 30 to the White House.

"This region already is honored by your residence and frequent presence in Crawford," the mayors wrote, "and the placement of your presidential library at Baylor will allow us to be of service to you and help prepare future generations of leaders."

"Central Texas is home to President Bush, and we wanted to make a very strong statement of regional support for the presidential library," said Tommye Lou Davis, special assistant to Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and head of Baylor's Bush Library effort. "Baylor is the closest major university to the President's ranch in Crawford, and our location is ideally suited to facilitate access from across the state. We're committed to making the George W. Bush Presidential Library the best presidential library in the country."

The regional impact of a Bush Library at Baylor would be significant.

"Designating Baylor as the library site will establish a 'triangle' of presidential libraries in this region," the mayors wrote, "along with the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, and make Central Texas the most important area for presidential research in the country."

The mayors also focused on the generations of young people, who will be introduced to political leadership by the library and associated facilities, such as a George W. Bush Presidential Museum and possible Bush School of Public Leadership and Service. Baylor has extensive experience in political archives, housing the papers of Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and 12 U.S. congressmen.

Baylor University is located along Interstate 35 and within 200 miles of 80 percent of the state's population. Initial estimates indicate that the Bush Presidential Library in Waco could draw between 300-500,000 people annually. The economic impact of the construction phase alone would be more than $200 million, with an ongoing economic impact of $21-28 million.

The mayors conclude, "As the oldest university in Texas, Baylor has a strong tradition of preparing young leaders of character who have a deep understanding of their discipline and a broader awareness of their responsibility to serve their community and nation. The location of your presidential library in Central Texas will further this heritage in a truly unique fashion, and we urge you to give careful consideration to Baylor University's proposal."

For more information, contact Davis at (254) 710-3555.


MAYOR CONTACTS


Waco (McLennan County) - Mayor Linda Ethridge, (254) 750-5640


Temple (Bell County) - Mayor William A. Jones III, (254) 760-6488


Killeen (Bell County) - Mayor Maureen Jouett, (254) 681-9112


Hillsboro (Hill County) - Mayor Will Lowrance, (254) 580-0191


Stephenville (Erath County) - Mayor John Moser, (254) 968-6805


Red Oak (Ellis County) - Mayor Todd B. Little, (214) 534-5386


Burleson (Johnson County) - Mayor Byron Black, (817) 447-5400 ext. 213


Text of letter sent Oct. 30 to the White House


October 30, 2003


The Honorable George W. Bush


President of the United States


The White House


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.


Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. President:

As Mayors of Central Texas, we strongly support the location of your future presidential library in this area and heartily endorse the proposal being submitted by Baylor University. This region already is honored by your residence and frequent presence in Crawford, and the placement of your presidential library at Baylor will allow us to be of service to you and help prepare future generations of leaders.

Central Texas is ideally suited as the location for the George W. Bush Presidential Library Center. Baylor is adjacent to Intersate 35 and has several potential sites for the library along the scenic Brazos River. In addition, over 80 percent of the state's population lives within a 200-mile radius of the campus, making the library easily accessible for the vast majority of Texans.

The location of your library in Central Texas will have a significant cultural and economic impact on this region. Thousands of young people will have a firsthand opportunity to be inspired and challenged to leadership by the library and associated facilities, such as a George W. Bush Presidential Museum. A George W. Bush School of Public Leadership and Service also could profoundly influence future generations of public servants. Designating Baylor as the library site will establish a "triangle" of presidential libraries in this region, along with the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, and make Central Texas the most important area for presidential research in the country. Finally, Baylor has a strong tradition in the collection of political materials, housing the papers of twelve U.S. Congressmen and former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock.

The library also will have an important economic impact on Central Texas, attracting between 300-500,000 people annually. The construction phase alone will bring over $200 million into the regional economy, with an ongoing economic impact of $21-28 million. Three to four hundred jobs will be created by the library and associated tourism-related activities.

As the oldest university in Texas, Baylor has a strong tradition of preparing young leaders of character who have a deep understanding of their discipline and a broader awareness of their responsibility to serve their community and nation. The location of your presidential library in Central Texas will further this heritage in a truly unique fashion, and we urge you to give careful consideration to Baylor University's proposal.

Thank you for considering Central Texas as the site of your presidential library. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you lead our nation during these challenging days.


Sincerely,


COMMUNITIES REPRESENTED (BY COUNTY)


BELL


CITY MAYOR

Bartlett - Janice Atchison

Belton - Dwayne Digby

Holland - Frank Horak

Killeen - Maureen Jouett

Nolanville - Robert Stephens (Mayor Pro-Tem)

Salado - Charlotte Douglass

Temple - William A. Jones III

Troy - Ernest Thompson


BOSQUE


CITY MAYOR

Clifton - W. Leon Smith

Cranfills Gap - David Witte

Iredell - Royce Heath

Meridian - Jess Taylor

Valley Mills - Bill Lancaster

Walnut Springs - David Keller


BROWN


CITY MAYOR

Bangs - C.B. Alexander

Brownwood - Bert V. Massey

Early - David Brooks


COMANCHE


CITY MAYOR

Comanche - Brent Hagood


CORYELL


CITY MAYOR

Copperas Cove - Rodney Nauert

Evant - Alma Green

Gatesville - Daren Moore

Oglesby - Kenneth Goodwin


ELLIS


CITY MAYOR

Bardwell - P.W. Gentry

Italy - Frank Jackson

Maypearl - Medford E. Marion

Milford - Othel D. Smith

Red Oak - Todd B. Little


ERATH


CITY MAYOR

Dublin - James Seigars

Stephenville - John Moser


FALLS


CITY MAYOR

Golinda - Anthony Wagner

Lott - Ellis Bailey

Marlin - Arthur Allen

Rosebud - Ken Hensel


FREESTONE


CITY MAYOR

Fairfield - Larry Ivy

Teague - Earnest Pack


HAMILTON


CITY MAYOR

Hamilton - Roy Rumsey

Hico - Stan Bundy


HILL


CITY MAYOR

Abbott - Robert Tufts

Blum - Elaine Edwards

Covington - Shirley Erickson

Hillsboro - Will Lowrance

Hubbard - Steve Weatherby

Itasca - Mark Gropp

Malone - James Lucko

Mertens - Linda Maples

Mount Calm - Jimmy Tucker

Whitney - Gwen Evans


HOOD


CITY MAYOR

Granbury - David Southern


JOHNSON


CITY MAYOR

Alvarado - Tom Durington

Burleson - Byron Black

Cleburne - Thomas Hazelwood

Godley - Larry A. Richeson

Grandview - Michael Schmidt

Keene - Gary Heinrich

Rio Vista - Sam Bigham


LAMPASAS


CITY MAYOR

Kempner - Roger Fancher

Lampasas - Jack Calvert


LEON


CITY MAYOR

Centerville - Billy Walters


LIMESTONE


CITY MAYOR

Groesbeck - Mike McLelland

Kosse - Robert O'Neal

Mexia - Steve Brewer

Tehuacana - Herman Douglas East Jr.

Thornton - James W. Jackson, Jr.


MCLENNAN


CITY MAYOR

Bellmead - Carl E. Swanson III

Beverly Hills - Douglas Woodward

Bruceville-Eddy - Halbert Wilcox

Crawford - Robert Campbell

Gholson - H.T. Sexton

Hallsburg - Mike Glockzin

Hewitt - J.D. Copeland

Lacy Lakeview - Dennis Cogliati

Leroy - David Williams

Lorena - Stacy Garvin

Mart - Wanda Cornell

McGregor - Jimmy Hering

Moody - Mike Alton

Riesel - David Guenat, Jr.

Robinson - Bryan Ferguson

Waco - Linda Ethridge

West - Russell Willsey

Woodway - Donald Baker


MILAM


CITY MAYOR

Cameron - James Lafferty


MILLS


CITY MAYOR

Goldthwaite - Danny Hammond

Mullin - Richard Spinks


NAVARRO


CITY MAYOR

Angus - Eben D. Stover

Barry - John Braly

Blooming Grove - Ralph Dozier

Corsicana - J. Waterman

Dawson - Yvonne Woods

Frost - Ken Reed

Kerens - Joe Baxter

Mildred - Nancy Johnson

Navarro - Yvonne Capehart

Oak Valley - Bob O'Dell

Powell - Dennis Bancroft

Retreat - Janice Barfnecht

Rice - Larry Bailey


ROBERTSON


CITY MAYOR

Bremond - Ricky Swick


SAN SABA


CITY MAYOR

San Saba - David Parker


SOMERVELL


CITY MAYOR

Glen Rose - Johnny Martin

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