October 4, 2016

Contact: Lauren Laake (832) 393-3008

Council Member Dave Martin Hosts Fall Town Hall Meeting 

Houston, TX - Houston City Council Member Dave Martin will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058. The community is invited to attend to hear from city and community representatives about ongoing projects, issues and community news related to the Southeast Houston and Clear Lake areas of District E.
In addition to the regularly scheduled presentations from representatives from city departments including Public Works and Engineering, Houston Parks and Recreation and the Houston Police Department, a representative from Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman's Office has been asked to speak about the widening of El Dorado Boulevard, from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou. This project is a result of ongoing discussions between Council Member Martin and the community and is a joint effort between the City of Houston and Harris County. The county will be taking the lead on design, engineering and construction, and the commissioner's office will provide an update on what the community can expect to see in the next year.
Furthermore, Bob Mitchell, President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership has been invited back to speak about ongoing efforts to build a regional coastal barrier system for storm surge protection. Over the summer, the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD), which was organized and tasked at addressing the impacts of future storms on the upper Texas coast, issued their final report and recommendation of which system is preferred to pursue funding and engineering for, and BAHEP has been there every step of the way. In addition and in preparation of the upcoming 85th Legislative Session, BAHEP and other area cities have encouraged state law makers to identify storm surge protection as a priority for this upcoming Legislative Session and will be engaged in ongoing discussions with lawmakers at the Capitol.
Also, with the Super Bowl LI around the corner, Council Member Martin has invited the Super Bowl Host Committee's Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Chris Newport, to speak about the coordination between the NFL and the City of Houston that has occurred to bring the largest sporting event in the world to Space City. The game, which is sure to bring a lot of buzz to Houston, will also be accompanied by community and charitable events around the city.
Lastly, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) has been invited to share news regarding grant funding available for arts and nonprofit organizations that are interested in applying. As the city's designated, nonprofit, local arts agency, HAA provides programs and services for the arts and cultural sector and awards approximately 225 grants annually to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists.
For more information, please contact Council Member Martin's office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at