HOUSTON - Ballinger City officials attended the 2017 Texas Municipal League Annual Conference in Houston on October 3-6 at the George R. Brown Conference Center.

HOUSTON - Ballinger City officials attended the 2017 Texas Municipal League Annual Conference in Houston on October 3-6 at the George R. Brown Conference Center.

Those attending included City Manager Bryan Grimes, Mayor Pro-Tem Darlene Kelly, City Secretary Bonita Shields, Assistant City Secretarty Debby Legg and Tammie Virden, executive director of the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce.

The opening session featured speaker Jerry Linenger, NASA astronaut and hero who inspired the audience by his story of living nearly five months aboard the Russian space station Linenger faced numerous life-threatening events, including repeated failure of critical life-support systems, a near-collision between the space station and an incoming re-supply spacecraft, and computer failures that sent the space station tumbling uncontrollably through space. And as if these problems were not enough, he narrowly survived a raging out-of-control fire that is considered the most severe fire ever aboard an orbiting spacecraft.

Ballinger City officials also attended several training sessions and heard legislative updates throughout the conference. This conference was attended by more the 4,000 city officials from the state of Texas.

The Texas Municipal League exists solely to provide services to Texas cities. The purpose of the League--Empowering Texas cities to serve their citizens. Since its formation in 1913, the League's mission has remained the same: to serve the needs and advocate the interests of its members.

Membership in the League is voluntary and is open to any city in Texas. From the original 14 members, TML's membership has grown to 1,155 cities across the state.