The Houston Mayor and the City Council have appointed Mackrena L. Ramos, P.E., to the City Park Redevelopment Authority and Tax Reinvestment Zone #12 Board of Directors.
Ramos is a Vice President with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), which is a planning, engineering and program management firm headquartered in Houston. She is also a graduate of the Civil Engineering program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering.
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The Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) are special areas created by the City to promote growth and attract new investment to the designated districts. Houston Council Member Abbie Kamin, District C, nominated Ramos for the position.
Wayne Swafford, President of LAN, said Ramos’s professional expertise will be an asset to the board.
“Ms. Ramos has been with LAN for 24 years and has significant experience with City of Houston water and wastewater projects. She has directed the development of numerous infrastructure projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. “She is a valuable member of our team and is definitely an asset for the city with her appointment.”
Ramos said, “I’m very appreciative of this honor. I grew up in Houston and went to school here. This city is very dear to me and I’m committed to doing my best to serve our community.”
She added, “The objective for TIRZ #12 is to support revitalization, redevelopment and infrastructure upgrades in Houston’s Timbergrove area. The TIRZ 12 area, which covers almost 700 acres, is currently targeting improvements in stormwater drainage, detention and flood mitigation. The focus in TIRZ 12 is also to expand mobility, green spaces and infrastructure initiatives.”
Special taxing initiatives will help to fund the public improvements in the zone.
At LAN, Ramos leads the Surface Water Transmission Program (SWTP). She has extensive experience with capital improvement planning, design quality, cost reduction reviews and optimal phasing of improvements for infrastructure projects. A licensed professional engineer, she is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
Ramos is an active member of the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Water Conservation Association, and Houston Hispanic Architects & Engineers.
LAN is a full-service consulting firm offering planning, engineering and program management services for the nation's heavy civil infrastructure needs. With nearly 350 employees across the United States, LAN is a national leader in the engineering industry and is consistently ranked among the “Top 100 A/E Firms” by Engineering News-Record. LAN is a LEO A DALY company, an international architecture and engineering firm.
Press release courtesy LAN.