Episode 9 of The Connection podcast: North Texas Mayor Discusses Upcoming Projects

Join Marshall Macomber and Mary Scott Nabers on the latest episode of “The Connection” as they sit down with Mayor Jim Ross of Arlington, Texas. Mayor Ross discusses the vibrant growth and development in Arlington, sharing insights on the city’s strategic partnerships and innovative approaches to fostering economic prosperity, education and community well-being. Tune in to learn how Mayor Ross’s leadership and collaborative efforts are shaping the future of Arlington and inspiring other cities to pursue sustainable growth and inclusive development.

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Meet the expert guest:

Mayor Jim Ross - City of ArlingtonJim Ross, elected Mayor of Arlington in 2021, brings a rich history of service to his community and country. Having served as a United States Marine from 1979 to 1983, Jim’s dedication continued through a 13-year tenure with the Arlington Police Department, where he specialized in SWAT operations and narcotics investigations. Transitioning to law, he became a licensed attorney in 1999, representing clients in environmental exposure cases before founding The Jim Ross Law Group, P.C. Beyond his legal career, Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish upscale dining destinations like the Mercury Chophouse and Hearsay Arlington. His commitment to Arlington extends to numerous board positions, including the Arlington Police Foundation and the American Heart Association. As Mayor, Jim remains deeply involved in initiatives ranging from youth development to regional transportation, embodying his enduring dedication to the betterment of Arlington and its residents.

Meet the expert co-hosts:

Marshall Macomber is a visionary executive with a unique blend of business development, political strategy, communications, and public sector experience. He is founder and president of ThinkP3, a DC-based consulting and lobbying firm promoting innovative infrastructure solutions and alternative delivery models such as public-private partnerships (P3s). He played a key role in the 2021 infrastructure bill, initiating a vital USDOT program for state DOTs. Macomber is also a former Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers and holds an MBA from Georgetown University. A member of George Washington University’s ESG & Infrastructure Steering Group and other boards, he is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at industry events.  A driving passion for growing public transit, building walkable and equitable cities, decarbonizing America’s energy grid, and improving railroad infrastructure and operations gets him up in the morning and keeps him up at night.

Mary Scott Nabers is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI). A recognized expert regarding P3s, she is the author of Collaboration Nation – How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government & Inside the Infrastructure Revolution – A Roadmap for Rebuilding America. Her articles have been published by media outlets, including Forbes, CNBC, The Hill, & POLITICO.  Mary was the President and General Manager of two media firms. In government, she served as the Commissioner representing Business at the Texas Employment Commission where she was a high-profile, proactive business advocate who founded The Texas Business Council. Then, Commissioner Nabers moved to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s regulatory agency for the oil and gas industry, which at the time regulated approximately $65 billion of the state’s economy annually. 

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