by: Tony Cantu / Patch.com
ROUND ROCK, TX — Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw was honored as the Citizen of the Year at this week’s Round Rock Chamber banquet.
Lora Weber, the chamber’s current board chair, said the caliber of city leaders made it challenging to select just one person for the top honor. But in the end, McGraw’s oversight of one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities helped him clinch the title.
“The Round Rock community includes countless innovative and hardworking business people and organizations, which makes this selection process more difficult each year,” Weber said.
McGraw and others honored during the banquet embody the spirit of Round Rock, she suggested.
“This year’s winners are a perfect example of the very best that Round Rock has to offer, and we feel privileged to have them be a part of the chamber.”
McGraw has a long record of civic engagement in Round Rock. He was first elected as mayor in May 2008, and was sworn in to a second term in May 2011.
Before ascending to the mayor’s post, he served on the city council for seven years, four of those as mayor pro-tem.
A real estate attorney, he earned an accounting degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master’s degree in taxation from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
A member of the chamber, he also belongs to the Round Rock Sertoma and the First United Methodist Church of Round Rock. McGraw also serves on the executive committee of the Capital Area Council of Governments, the Clean Air Coalition and has participated in active regional transit planning groups, according to a chamber bio.
McGraw also is active in the Austin Woods and Waters Club, a group that is dedicated to preserving the outdoors.
As mayor, McGraw has overseen a number of economic development projects in a city growing at a brisk pace. Recently, he was front and center at the groundbreaking ceremony for a multi-purpose sports complex being financed with proceeds from a $16.5 million bond package approved by voters in 2013.