H-GAC Regional Focus
August 2018
In This Issue
Funding Local Projects
EDA Harvey Recovery Grants
Texas Coastal Community Recycling Grant
H-GAC Septic System Funding Program
FCC Seeks Nominations
H-GAC Seeks Public Input on Use of Harvey Funds
2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update
Texas General Land Office Requests Input
Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Survey
Broadband Listening Tour - September 13
Census 2020 Workshops
Future of Retail...Your Community Destination
Parks and Natural Areas Awards Applications
H-GAC 2018 Salary Survey
H-GAC Home Rule and General Law Caucuses
Tow And Go
H-GAC Offices Closed Monday, September 3
Careers at H-GAC
Quick Links
Meetings and Events
H-GAC Board of Directors Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Agendas for all committees can be found on our website Please visit our  calendar  for upcoming meetings and events.

Unless otherwise listed, meetings are held on the second floor at H-GAC's office, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027

August Board of Directors Meeting
At the August meeting, the H-GAC Board of Directors unanimously approved nearly $4 million in  contracts funding transportation, aging, workforce, early education/child care, parks and recreation, and water quality management programs.

The Board also approved a contract with the Economic Development Administration and the Texas Association of Regional Councils to assist local governments and economic development organizations in the region to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey by providing technical assistance in identifying potential economic recovery projects.
EDA Harvey Recovery Grants
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The U.S. Economic Development Administration's  (EDA) Austin regional office received $129,119,000 in supplemental funding for disaster relief and is actively seeking projects to help communities in the Houston-Galveston region recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

The recently released  Notice of Funding Opportunity
outlines the requirements, which include the following:

* Projects require a 20 percent match, which can include in-kind
* Typical projects will range from $1-$2.5 million
* First round of 14-15 applications anticipated to be funded by          September 2018, with 1 or 2 subsequent rounds of funding
* Must demonstrate a nexus to Harvey, in terms of economic          recovery or resilience
* Eligible applicants include governments, nonprofits, and                universities

For more information, contact Robert Peche of the EDA.
Texas Coastal Community Recycling Grant
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The Recycling Partnership and The Coca-Cola Foundation have opened the  Coastal Community Recycling Grant  program to help address the challenge of waste in waterways and help improve the collection of recyclables for reuse. The program will provide new carts with lids for curbside recycling programs located on the coastal shorelines.

The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is  Friday, September 21 . Anyone interested in this program should contact Rob Taylor before applying.
H-GAC Septic System Repair/Replacement Funding Program
H-GAC has funding available for the repair or replacement of failing traditional or aerobic onsite sewage facilities (septic systems) in the H-GAC service region.

Funds are available to homeowners who meet certain income restrictions.  No cost sharing is required.  For more information click HERE or contact Will Merrell at 713-993-4594.
FCC Seeks Nominations for Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by September 7
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a public notice soliciting nominations for a new working group within its  Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). 

The FCC is seeking applicants from several categories, including local governments - particularly nominations for first responders, emergency managers, emergency planners, local network managers, and risk management staff.

All applications must include the information listed in the public notice and be submitted by email to the FCC no later than  September 7, 2018.

If you or a local or regional leader you know is planning to apply for the BDAC Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group, please email maci.morin@narc.org so that NARC can write a letter in support of your nomination.
H-GAC Seeks Public Input on Use of Harvey Infrastructure and Home Buyout Funds
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Board-approved a Method of Distribution (MOD) detailing the allocation of approximately $241 million in Harvey recovery funds to support infrastructure projects and home buyouts/acquisitions outside the City of Houston and Harris County in July 2018.

After review, the Texas General Land Office has requested that H-GAC seek additional input on the Council of Government (COG) Method of Distribution for 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-Disaster Recovery Allocation Summary Form (Summary Form) that accompanies the allocations.

H-GAC is continuing our Citizen Participation process and seeking input to help inform guidance we will make available to local governments as they plan and prioritize use of their allocated CDBG Disaster Recovery infrastructure and home buyout/ acquisition funds. We are especially seeking input to the elements found on pages 5-8 of the Summary Form. We are not seeking comments on the H-GAC Board-approved allocation formula.

The public comment period regarding the Summary Form opened at noon Thursday, August 30, 2018, and will close at noon, Friday, September 14, 2018. We will take comments online, by e-mail, by mail, hand-delivered, and at a public meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, September 10, at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor. More information about the means for submitting input are available on the project website.
2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update
The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved the initiation of the 2018 Call for Projects at its August meeting.

H-GAC will seek proposals from local governments and other eligible project sponsors to implement transportation projects beginning September 4, 2018 and ending October 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Project proposals requesting federal funding will be aligned with goals, strategies, and investment priorities emphasized in the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

To assist  potential sponsor agencies and other interested parties with application submittal, H-GAC will conduct an application workshop on September 11, 2018 from 9:00am - 11:00am at Houston TranStar. Click here to register for the workshop.
Texas General Land Office Requests Input for $137M in Grant Funding
Texas General Land Office (GLO) officials are seeking more local and regional input to decide on projects eligible for $137 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). The grants will be used to help pay for local, regional, and state planning to mitigate and reduce the impact of future disasters, according to Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

GLO officials plan to distribute the survey to citizens, local officials, councils of government, and river authorities. Input has been requested on flood control, drainage improvements, resilient housing solutions, economic development and infrastructure upgrades. The grants from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be used to fund studies in impacted areas to promote sound, long term recovery. This allocation is part of the $5.024 billion State Action Plan recently approved by HUD. The survey is available HERE.
Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Survey

The University of Texas Center for Transportation Research is conducting a study of costs and benefits of the Texas motor vehicle safety inspection program. A short survey for Texas vehicle owners about their experiences with annual safety inspections can be taken HERE.

For any questions or for more information regarding this survey, please contact Dr. Mike Murphy, P.E. at 512-232-3134.
Broadband Listening Tour - September 13
Connected Nation is hosting a Broadband Listening Tour on
Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Conference Room A - 2nd Floor of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Ln., Houston, TX  77027.

This session is intended to develop and share a state and federal resource guide that will assist rural Texas communities in identifying  funding and resources that can be used for broadband technology projects.

For more information, contact Joshua Owens at 832-681-2613.
Census 2020 Workshops - September 12 and October 15
United State Census 2020 The Houston-Galveston Area Council and The United States Census Bureau are hosting workshops to prepare for the upcoming 2020 Census.  Attend to learn about the Participant Statistical Area Program and how it could shape your community for the Census.

                                          Event Locations:

Participant Statistical Areas Program
Stakeholder Workshop #1
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Ln
2nd Floor, Conference Rooms B & C
Houston, TX  77027
Register HERE.
Participant Statistical Areas Program
Stakeholder Workshop #2
Monday, October 15, 2018
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Ln
2nd Floor, Conference Rooms B & C
Houston, TX  77027
Register HERE.

**Online registration is required to attend these workshops.

For more information, contact:

United States Census Bureau  
Jim Castagneri
Geographic Coordinator
Office:  720-962-3882
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Brooks Andrews
Manager - GIS Program
Office:  713-993-4519

Future of Retail:  Your Community Destination - September 21
Save the date for Future of Retail: Your Community Destination from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Friday, September 21 , at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.

At this half-day workshop, participants will gain insights from experts on retail trends and future opportunities and learn how small communities like Navasota, Rosenberg, and Huntsville  are attracting and retaining retail tenants while re-branding their retail destinations through practical policies, programs and projects.

Breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  The program begins at 9:00 a.m.   Registration is requested.  View the full agenda  HERE .  For more information, contact Anita Hollmann at 713-993-4587.
Parks and Natural Areas Awards Application Open Until September 28
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H-GAC will accept  Parks and Natural Areas (PNA) Awards applications through  Friday, September 28 .

PNA awards honor projects in four categories: Projects Over $500,000; Projects Under $500,000; Planning Process; and Policy Tools. Winning entries serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region.

Winners will be notified in December. The awards ceremony and half-day parks event will be in February 2019. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo at 832-681-2507.
H-GAC 2018 Salary Survey
H-GAC conducts a regional salary and benefits survey as a service to its member cities. The survey covers nearly 80 municipal jobs and includes questions on city benefit practices. 
The 2018 H-GAC Regional Salary and Benefits Survey is now available for purchase.  For more information, contact Staci Stalarow at 832-681-2631.
H-GAC Home Rule and General Law Caucuses
Home Rule and General Law Representatives:  Please Save the Date for the upcoming 2018 caucuses to elect your 2019 H-GAC Board Representatives.  The  Home Rule Caucus will be held on  Thursday, November 1 and the  General Law Caucus will be held on  Thursday, November 8 at Maggiano's Little Italy at 2019 Post Oak Blvd.  Registration information will follow in the coming weeks.  
Tow And Go 
Ever find yourself broken down on the freeway and you just don't know what to do? Well now there is an App for that!

The Tow and Go Program, launched by H-GAC, provides no-cost towing for vehicles that break down from mechanical failures while traveling within the City of Houston.Vehicles that break down due to mechanical failure (e.g., out of gas, overheating, flat tires) while traveling in the program's service area will be cleared, at no cost, to a safe location within one mile. The program also includes motorcycles and trailers.

For more information visit  TowAndGo.com .
H-GAC Offices Closed Monday, September 3

The Houston-Galveston Area Council offices will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

Careers at H-GAC
H-GAC offers opportunities in clerical, technical, and professional positions, when available. Qualified, motivated individuals are encouraged to view our current opportunities and apply.

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