H-GAC Regional Focus
 
July 2018
In This Issue
Funding Local Projects
EDA Harvey Recovery Grants
H-GAC Septic System Funding Program
Waller County Transportation Plan
2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update
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Save The Date! TML Region 14 Fall Meeting and Workshop
Housing For The Future
Regional Recycling Roundtable
Parks and Natural Areas Awards Applications
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


July Board of Directors Meeting
At the July meeting, the H-GAC Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to designate August as Commute Solutions month.

The Board also approved the receipt of funding by the Area Emissions Reduction Credit Organization to increase zero emission vehicles used by school districts in Galena Park, Pasadena and Southeast Harris County.

In addition, the Board approved the adoption of the 2018 H-GAC Revised Budget and the final draft of the H-GAC Method of Distribution for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds for buyouts and infrastructure. 
OPPORTUNITIES TO FUND LOCAL PROJECTS

EDA Harvey Recovery Grants
US Economic Development Administration logo 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.
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.
WE NEED YOUR INPUT
H-GAC could use your feedback on a number of important funding and planning activities.  Please look below for information and contact us if you have any questions.
Waller County Transportation Plan
Join us for the last public meetings on recommendations for the Waller County Transportation Plan.  Road, transit, cycling, and pedestrian recommendations are intended to enhance mobility in Waller County.

The Waller County Transportation Plan is a cooperative effort by Waller County, Hempstead, Prairie View, Waller, Pattison, Brookshire, TxDOT, and H-GAC to address existing and future transportation needs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Royal High School - Cafeteria
34499 Royal Rd.
Brookshire, TX  77423
Thursday, August 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Waller County Community Center
21212 FM 1098 Loop
Prairie View, TX  77446
English and Spanish speakers will be available to gather input and answer questions.

For more information, click HERE or contact Carlene Mullins at 832-681-2585.
2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update
Residents, transportation partners, elected officials, and other stakeholders actively participated in the first round of 2045 RTP public meetings, which concluded May 1, 2018.

The majority of public comments received pertain to building a balanced, integrated, multi-modal transportation system that provides accessibility, reduces dependence on automobiles, and reduces traffic congestion.

Next steps in the process involve the 2018 call for projects, which began on  July 30, 2018 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2018. To learn about submitting projects, visit H-GAC's Transportation Improvement Program web page.

Interested in a presentation of the 2045 RTP at your next council, court or community meeting? Please email publiccomments@h-gac.com to request a presentation for your organization.
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.
 OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN
H-GAC hosts workshops and training opportunities throughout the year.  Please see below for upcoming events.
TML Region 14 Fall Meeting and Workshop Aug. 10 - 11

The TML Region 14 Fall Meeting and Workshop will be held August 10-11, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Resort in Galveston, TX.  Make plans to join Region 14 for an exciting and informative event.  Register HERE to attend and learn more about:
  • Resources for Long-Term Harvey Recovery - presented by Josh Owens - Senior Planner, Community & Environmental, Houston-Galveston Area Council.
  • Water, Water Everywhere, But Is It Safe To Drink?  Communicating with the Public During an Epic Disaster - presented by Patti Jett - Communications Director - City of West University Place
  • Legislative Update & Municipal Hot Topics - presented by Scott Houston - Deputy Executive Director, Policy and General Council, Texas Municipal League
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click HERE or contact Cynthia Jones at 713-993-4591.
Housing For The Future:  A Regional Conversation - August 17
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Join H-GAC for Housing for the Future: A Regional Conversation from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 17, in H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. 
 
This summit will bring together housing experts and local officials from across the region to discuss a broad vision for the region's housing and the specific strategies that can be used to increase housing availability, quality, and affordability across rural, suburban, and urban communities. 
 
Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is requested. For more information, contact Amy Combs at 713-993-4544 or Clint McManus at 832-681-2513. 
Regional Recycling Roundtable - August 23
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The next Regional Recycling Roundtable will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 23, in H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor. The topic will be tire recycling. 
 
This roundtable series provides education/outreach to bring new ideas and knowledge to local governments, solid waste businesses, and interested residents on a wide range of recycling-related topics.
 
Registration is requested. For more information, contact Becki Begley  at 713-993-2410.
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.
Careers at H-GAC
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H-GAC offers opportunities in clerical, technical, and professional positions, when available. Qualified, motivated individuals are encouraged to view our current opportunities and apply.

H-GAC is currently seeking:
To learn more and stay up to date on all career opportunities at H-GAC click HERE and follow us on Linkedin