Mike Heiligenstein has a distinguished career in the development of infrastructure in Central Texas, and currently leads the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to design a modern, regional transportation network for Central Texas, and became operational in 2003 when Mike was chosen by the Board to lead the agency.
Mike has represented the citizens of the fast growing Central Texas area by serving as an elected official in Williamson County for 23 years and helping lead efforts to expand water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure. While an elected official Mike served on the regional MPO; the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and chaired the Clean Air Force of Texas and helped lead many other community infrastructure initiatives. Upon assuming the leadership role at the Mobility Authority, the agency had no roadways under construction, no revenue, and faced stiff opposition to toll roads. Currently, the agency has a total program in place that will see $4 billion in assets by 2020 and a growing revenue stream that is expected to reach $136.5 million by 2020.
Mike was selected by national peers to be the President (2014) of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Advisory Board of the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter, as well as several other committees and working groups dealing with transportation issues. He is also a member of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force.
Mike is called upon both nationally and in Texas to speak to groups about infrastructure, particularly transportation, and is known for his commitment to comprehensive approaches to problem solving.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds Masters Degrees in both Government and Business Administration.