Two months into the job and Kelley Mattlage continues to  work through a checklist of projects to enhance public relations and promotion of the East Montgomery County Improvement District. Mattlage was hired in August as EMCID’s Director of Communications. As part of her duties, she’ll help attract businesses and development to the area and keep residents informed of various projects EMCID is funding to better the 

community. 

“Kelley established herself in this community when she went to work for New Caney ISD in 2009, 

building a positive public relations campaign from the ground up,” said Frank McCrady, President 

and CEO. “The Board of Directors and I are confident she’ll do a fantastic job here as well.”

“It’s so exciting to see the continued growth in the area and now I’ll have a hand in spreading the 

good news,” said Mattlage. “With a background in television news, I’m nosy by nature. I think 

most people are and want to know what’s happening around them.” To establish better 

communication with the community, the first item on Mattlage’s agenda included launching on 

Monday, October 27 a new website loaded with fresh content. “We’ve totally revamped the site. 

You’ll be able to get news on developments in East Montgomery County, apply for community 

development grants or college scholarships, find the agendas for upcoming Board of Directors 

meetings, rent the facility for a special event and see pictures from EMCID’s many events,” she 

said. The web address remains www.emctx.com.

Mattlage is currently developing new marketing materials as well as updating others, revamping 

the District’s social networking sites and creating a quarterly community newsletter.

Mattlage has spent the past 17 years in the public spotlight, most of it as a television news anchor 

in Waco, Texas for KCEN-TV. Known as Kelley Barr, the journalist earned an Emmy Award, two 

honors from the Texas Medical Association and various other recognitions. She left TV in 2009 

and joined New Caney ISD as its first Director of Communications and Community Relations, 

establishing herself to the district, community and Houston news media as a positive, fair and 

honest spokesperson. She picked up two awards from the Texas School Public Relations 

Association for her brochures regarding the 2012 bond election. Mattlage also served as Director 

of Communications for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the largest Episcopal Church 

in the nation, before heading back for East Montgomery County.

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