ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Even before his election to City Council Mat has been involved in the community starting with membership on the city’s Housing Policy Commission and later serving on the first Church Shelter Board which later became the Thurman Brisbane Shelter Board. Since his election he has been the city’s voice on most all the regional organizations dealing with planning, transportation, and economic development. He has also served, and currently serves, on many other boards and commissions.

Current Membership on Boards and Commissions:

  • Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) 2002-2010, 2012-2016 Current and Past Chairman
  • George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) 2002-2010, 2012-2016 Past Chairman GWRC.  Also
  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board Member 2004-2010, 2012-2016
  • Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) 2004-2010, 2012-2016, Executive Board
  • Rappahannock Economic Development Corp.  Board Member, Past Chairman
  • Continuum of Care 2002-2010, 2012-2016
  • Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Board (R-Board) 2002-2010, 2012-2016 Past Chairman
  • Fredericksburg Arts Commission

Other Boards & Commissions Served On:

  • Historic Preservation Taskforce 2002-2010 Chairman
  • Fredericksburg Stafford Park Authority 2002-2009
  • Housing Policy Commission–Commission Member
  • Toll Road Authority
  • Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) 2008-2010
  • Chaplin Group Home Board 2008-2010
  • Parks & Recreation Commission 2002-2006 Swimming Pool Design
  • Thurman Brisbane Homeless Shelter–First President

Project Involvement:

  • Affordable Housing Taskforce Chairman 2008-09
  • Design Committee for New James Monroe High School
  • Design Committee for Lafayette Upper Elementary School
  • Lafayette Upper Elementary School Design Committee
  • Historic Preservation Taskforce (Chairman)
  • Parking Deck Design Committee (Chairman)
  • Citizens Against Gambling Excess–Organizer
  • Organizer–Elected School Board Initiative
  • Reorganization RADCO to GWRC
  • MOU Negotiations w/Silver Cos.
  • Courtyard Marriott
  • Fredericksburg Police Department Design

The Issues

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT:
Too often we are hearing from those in City Hall that they are doing what is required to inform the public. {more…}

THE END TO BUSINESS AS USUAL:
No matter the adversity there are always opportunities. While presenting significant challenges to local governments in providing levels of service expected by residents {more…}

TAXES: 
I cannot understand those who justify raising taxes because our tax rate is lower than other localities or those who opposes tax increases on the basis that taxes are too high. {more…}

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 
“Even before the recent economic crash it was evident the city needed to diversify its tax base. {more…}

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: 
“As we consider the future development of our communities we must keep three simple truths in the fore front of our deliberations…” {more…}

CONSERVATON: 
“You’re going to get a lot of people pushing to open that river up,” Kelly said. “ {more…}

TRANSPORTATION: 
“At the end of the day, what I want to be able to do is say, alright, [GWRC], if you want to take care of transportation, these are the projects you’re going to need, this is how much it’s going to cost, this is how much we’re going to get from the state…{more…}