Houston-Galveston Area Council Newsletter              August 2019
July Board of Directors Meeting
The Houston-Galveston Area Council's Board of Directors met on July 16. The consent agenda included authorization to use Law Enforcement Training Program funds to purchase two Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Equipment kits and recognized August as Commute Solutions month .
 
The board of directors also approved the Brazoria County 2019 Proposed Action Plan and adopted staff recommendations for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
 
The next board of directors meeting is August 20, at 10 a.m. at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas, 77027. For more information on H-GAC's Board of Directors, past meeting agendas or minutes, or to find dates for future meetings ,  visit H-GAC's website .
Texas Municipal League Fall Meeting August 23-24
Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 14 will hold its 2019 Fall Meeting and Workshop Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 . The meeting will be held at the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village .
 
Elected officials, city staff and interested parties from a 17-county area will meet to discuss opportunities and challenges faced by members and their communities. Region 14 mayors will meet Friday afternoon for a roundtable discussion of current issues (no registration required), followed by a reception, dinner, and dance for registered attendees.
 
The Friday evening guest speaker is Brandon Walker, feature reporter for KPRC Channel 2 News in Houston and host of the Eyes of Texas podcast. The Saturday workshop will cover topics from hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds and vacation rentals to neighborhood blight and revitalization. Bennett Sandlin, TML Executive Director, will also speak about TML and the legislative session.
 
For information regarding the schedule of events, hotel rooms, and registration, contact Cynthia Jones or visit the TML Fall Meeting website .

The Houston-Galveston Area Council serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 14.  
H-GAC Releases Regional Crash Data Interactive Application

charts and graphs representative of crash data dashboard
H-GAC recently released  Regional Crash Data , an interactive application that displays crash data for the H-GAC 8-County Transportation Management Area. The Crash Data Dashboard allows users to create instant reports with customized filters, including year, month, day of week, hours, and various geographies. Users can also filter crash conditions, including first harmful events, crash severity, interaction-related, weather, and contributing factors. It also provides injury information by type of injuries and types of persons, including motorist, pedestrian, and cyclist.
 
The Crash Data Viewer provides detailed crash location information and allows users to summarize crashes and persons by motorist, pedestrian, or cyclist with a user-defined location. It also allows users to identify crash "hot spots" using grid-level density maps.
 
The application is available online .
Save the Date - Brown Bag Luncheon September 16
Please join us on September 16 at the Houston-Galveston Area Council located at 3555 Timmons Lane in Houston  for the final 2019 Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation. September's presenter will be Jordan Frisby from the Port of Houston Commercial Division discussing "Houston's Resin Export Dominance."

Frisby's presentation will cover how Port Houston is the leading US port for the export of plastic resin. Houston is home to a large and sophisticated network of plastics packaging facilities that support this export volume. The nation’s plastics exports are surging as many new plastics manufacturing facilities come online.

For more information, visit H-GAC's website .
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HGACBuy Hosts Inaugural Conference - October 1-2
Cooperative purchasing allows local governments with a common interest to pool their buying power in order to negotiate more favorable pricing on goods and services. Smaller entities can secure the items they need with the price advantage of large volume purchasing. Don't spend hours searching the web, making calls, or on deadlines. Attend HGACBuy '19 and we'll show you how to get the most out of your procurement funds.

The HGACBuy Cooperative Purchasing Program will host its inaugural conference and expo October 1-2 at the NRG Conference Center in Houston, Texas. This biennial event will focus on providing attendees with engaging educational forums, an exposition of new, innovative products and services, and meaningful networking opportunities.

For more information visit the conference's website or email Jackie Carter or Carrington Barfield
H-GAC is Hiring!
Home to more than 7 million people, the Houston-Galveston region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse regions in the country. Making sure the region remains one of the nation’s leading places to live, work, and prosper doesn’t just happen—it takes planning and partnerships. If you are looking for a career where you can help make a difference in urban, suburban, and rural communities, the Houston-Galveston Area Council has exciting opportunities for you. For more information or to apply for a job visit the careers page on H-GAC's website .
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