Newsletter Feb #1 2021
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This year the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce brings something to the community that has long been asked for. Market on the Bayou will be the first Texas Certified farmers market in Dickinson and the only Texas Certified farmers market in North Galveston. Beginning April 3rd, the first Saturday of each month we invite the community to SHOP LOCAL & SHOP TEXAS with a variety of farm fresh products. Until the market launch date we encourage you to shop local and shop Dickinson. Not sure where to shop? Check out our Directory.
Hosted by the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce with generous support by provided by the DEDC for use of land.
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Now's your chance to shine by upgrading your business curb appeal.

The Exterior Improvement Reimbursement Grant Program is a program administered by the Dickinson Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) that will provide up to a $10,000 reimbursement by award ofbudgeted grant funds toDickinson building ownersor tenant businesses.The purpose of the program is to provide permanent, affixed improvements to Dickinson improved commercial properties within the city limits and that are in good standingwith theDEDC and theCity of Dickinson, as explained below.Owners and tenants may be eligible for a reimbursement grant for monies used to improve commercial building exteriors. Grants may be awardedto reimburseup to 50% (maximum $10,000)of expended funds foreligible renovations.
Dear Galveston County business leader: 
 
We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well during this on-going pandemic. We represent the University of Texas Medical Branch's COVID-19 Vaccine Education Sub-Committee and are writing to learn more about how we might partner with your business to promote the COVID-19 vaccines. You are invited to complete this survey. It should only take you 5 minutes or less and will help us identify how we may best partner with you and your business to have our economy back open as soon as possible. For any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please email Becky Trout Unbehagen (rltrout@utmb.edu). If you have questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please be sure to provide them where prompted in the survey. 
 
Here is the survey link:
 
Kindest Regards,
The UTMB Vaccine Education Sub-Committee
UTMB COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
Houston Texans Small Business Boost presented by Amegy Bank

 
Amegy Bank is proud to announce we are once again joining together with the Houston Texans to offer the Small Business Boost program.

Created in 2020 in response to COVID-19’s impact on small businesses, this Houston Texans initiative presented by Amegy Bank looks to support greater Houston area small businesses as they continue to navigate through these uncertain times. If you are a small business owner or there is a small business that is special to you, we encourage you to nominate that business and tell us what it means to you and the community.

The entry period will begin on February 1, 2021, at 10:00 am CT and end on December 10, 2021, at 5:00 pm CT with eight (8) small businesses selected and awarded a $2,500 cash prize as well promotional and marketing support and event opportunities from the Houston Texans and Amegy Bank.

ELIGIBILITY:
✓ Be a small, independently owned and operated for-profit company (i.e., your business brand is not connected to a larger corporation)

✓Operate primarily in the greater Houston area

✓Have under 500 employees

✓Be non-partisan

✓Have annual total revenue below $20 Million

✓As determined by the Texans in its sole discretion, NOT be in a business category for which the Texans have an exclusive sponsor relationship (i.e., energy, full-service hospital, etc.)
Office for Veteran Success Donates Holiday Care Bags to COM Student Veterans
 
(Texas City, Texas) — The 2020 holiday season shined a little brighter this year after the College of the Mainland (COM) Office for Veteran Success distributed holiday care bags to COM student veterans throughout the months of November and December. Donated by the Galveston County Food Bank and Randalls grocery store, a 14-pound turkey with all the trimmings. Additionally, veterans food care bags were distributed and included non-perishable food items such as soups, bean, rice, and tuna. The non-perishable food items were donated by local retailers H.E.B, Kroger, Sam’s Club and Walmart.

“Each year, far too many of our local veterans are challenged to attain the adequate resources they need to truly make their holiday season better.” said Veterans Officer Detra Levige. “Through this holiday care bag donation, we were happy to have the opportunity to show our appreciation along with our donors, to those who have served our country.”

College of the Mainland’s Office for Veterans Success assists veteran students and eligible dependents in securing Veterans Affairs educational benefits. In addition, the office provides information and advises veterans and their dependents regarding eligibility requirements, monitors academic progress and provides referrals to other agencies.
The group’s food distribution efforts helped a total of 50 College of the Mainland student veterans and their families.
For more information about veteran resources offered at COM, click the button below.
Gulf Coast Safety Institute partners with University of Texas at Arlington for Spring safety courses
 
(Texas City, Texas) — The Gulf Coast Safety Institute (GCSI) has continued their partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington to bring needed courses and training to the Greater Houston area through a diverse mix of course offerings. The GCSI and University of Texas at Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development – Public Works Institute, Environmental Training Institute, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Education Center have partnered to deliver professional and technical training to a diverse set of public works, safety and health and environmental professionals.
The Spring 2021 schedule includes the following courses:
Work Zone Safety and Flagger Courses
  • FLG522 Qualified Flagger Training and Trainer, February 23, 2021
  • WKZ421 Traffic Control Supervisor, February 24-25, 2021
OSHA Courses
  • OSHA #3095 Electrical Standards, March 2-5, 2021
 
Environmental Courses
  • ETI101 Introduction to Environmental Compliance, February 16-19, 2021
  • ETI503 Update for EPA Outreach Trainer, March 25-26, 2021
Courses are intended to provide all employees and professionals with key information about safety in their corresponding fields. Participants will also discuss methods and/or best practices to identify, prevent and reduce risk of injury from job-related hazards. Training will continue to be offered throughout 2021.
“Being knowledgeable about workplace hazards and employee rights helps contribute to both the productivity and safety culture at one’s worksite. It is important that workers are trained and educated,” said Cindy Lewis, Director of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute. “These courses are comprehensive, but personal and relevant to the ever-changing policies and best practices of safety.”
This continued partnership between the GCSI and the University of Texas at Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development delivers training on managing safety risks within an organization. These courses prepare individuals to enter the industry or expand their skills and certifications in occupational safety and health as well as environmental fields.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several new safety measures and protocols will take place to ensure a safe learning environment for class participants. All employees and students entering COM facilities must wear face coverings when in the presence of others and in all common indoor spaces. Classes will not exceed 50 percent of established room capacity and will adhere to health and safety guidance.
All classes are taught at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at 320 Delany Road in La Marque. To register or for more information, contact the University of Texas at Arlington at 817-272-2581, toll free at 1-866-906-9190, online at www.uta.edu/ded/osha or by email at osha@uta.edu.
 
Established in 2007, the GCSI focuses on providing safety and health education, training and outreach. For information on the Institute, contact Cindy Lewis at (409) 933-8495 or clewis1@com.edu. Learn more about the GCSI at www.com.edu/gcsi.

Contact: Monique Sennet, Communications Officer, 409-933-8438 or msennet@com.edu
College of the Mainland is a learning-centered, comprehensive community college dedicated to student success and the intellectual and economic prosperity of the diverse communities we serve. Taxing districts include the independent school districts of Dickinson, Hitchcock, Santa Fe and Texas City/La Marque. Its service area includes League City, Friendswood, Kemah, Bacliff and San Leon.

Texas GLO – Community Development and Revitalization CDBG-DR

Community Leaders,
Please join the Texas General Land Office’s Community Development and Revitalization team for an update on the GLO’s Hurricane Harvey and Mitigation update on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m.
When: Monday, February 8, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. Central
Dial: 1-877-226-9790
Conference ID: 3787126
Agenda Brief:
I. Welcome by Jonah Chen
II. GLO General Update from Heather Lagrone
III. CDR Programs Update
IV. Mitigation Update
V. General Questions
For the Q&A portion, we are asking that all participants please send questions to jonah.chen.glo@recovery.texas.gov before and during the call.
Thank you,

COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH
Texas General Land Office
Community Development and Revitalization (CDR)