Houston-Galveston Area Council Newsletter               July 2019
June Board of Directors Meeting
The Houston-Galveston Area Council's Board of Directors met on June 18. The consent agenda included approving funding for a hurricane preparedness outreach campaign, a regional water quality planning contract, and agreements for the clean vehicles and heavy duty diesel replacement assistance programs.
The board of directors also approved a request for approval for adult education contracts and a resolution honoring retiring board member Terry Henley. This month's H-GAC spotlight was presented by Anita Hollmann who discussed H-GAC's Livable Centers program .
The next board of directors meeting is July 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. at H-GAC headquarters, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas, 77027. For more information on H-GAC's Board of Directors, past meeting agendas or minutes, or find dates for future meetings ,  visit our website at h-gac.com .
Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable July 8

The next Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable  will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, in H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor. Attendees will learn about City of Houston projects, including riparian buffer conservation and restoration and Mont Belvieu's criteria manual for storm water detention which includes requirements for aesthetically pleasing or recreationally capable amenities.
The roundtable meets the second Monday of March, July, and September with field trips scheduled in May and November. The group is open to anyone who is interested in participating.

RSVP is requested. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo. .
Lyft + United Way Pilot Program
Last year, 2-1-1 received more than 250,000 transportation requests nationwide, and 20 percent of those requests could not be met with existing resources. Through a partnership with United Way Worldwide, Lyft will embark on a pilot program to leverage the 2-1-1 network to satisfy gaps in transportation resources for individuals and families in need.

The goal of this pilot is to address unmet transportation needs through the distribution of free Lyft rides to qualified 2-1-1 callers. It launched in 12 key markets in 2018 and focused on addressing healthcare, employment, and veteran transportation needs. Following the success of the pilot, Lyft and United Way will look to expand and scale the program in more cities.

Pilot Markets in 2018

Atlanta                                                Milwaukee                  
Austin                                                 Nashville
Boston                                                Philadelphia
Cleveland                                           Orlando
Denver                                               San Diego
Houston                                             San Francisco

Eligible Use Cases
  • Healthcare: Medical appointments, emergency room return home, and access to other healthcare services
  • Employment: Job interviews, job fairs, and other pre-employment steps like fingerprinting
  • Veterans: Access to benefits, healthcare services, employment counseling or job fairs, and other needs

For more information contact, Kari Hackett .
Hurricane Season is Here - Prepare with Together Against the Weather!
J une 1 marked the beginning of the Gulf Coast hurricane season, and the return of HGAC's Together Against the Weather campaign. Created to help residents better plan and prepare for hurricanes, Together Against the Weather focuses on helping various special needs populations in our 13-county region. Together Against the Weather strategies and a tool kit of materials are available to help overcome challenges and to encourage the formation of supportive partnerships with community organizations, service agencies, family members, and other trusted support systems in advance of a storm.

The goal of this campaign is to utilize existing relationships and one-on-one interactions to spur action and to help overcome the overwhelming feelings associated with emergency preparation. Get the latest information and  downloadable materials  at  TogetherAgainstTheWeather.com .  
Save the Date - Brown Bag Luncheon July 15
The Houston-Galveston region is booming and is expected to nearly double in population over the next twenty years to nearly 11 million residents. Two years ago, Houston METRO began a listening tour, visiting dozens of communities and asking residents what they want to see in a travel improvement plan. METRO then took that information and developed the first phase of METRONext.

Please join METRO President and CEO Tom Lambert at H-GAC headquarters located at 3555 Timmons Lane in Houston on July 15 from noon to 1 p.m. to hear how this proposed plan has something for everyone. You can find more information on H-GAC's website .
Rural Recycling Workshop - July 25
woman in front of recycling bundles
H-GAC and Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance are hosting a rural recycling workshop to discuss issues and brainstorm potential ways to work together to enhance rural recycling centers and programs in the region. The workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond, Texas, 77469.

Registration is requested. For more information, contact Becki Begley or Rachel Hering .
HGACBuy Hosts Inaugural Conference
HGACBuy will host its inaugural conference and expo on October 1 - 2. This biennial event focuses on providing attendees with an engaging educational forum, an exposition of new, innovative products and services, and meaningful networking opportunities. 

Attendees will receive industry knowledge from keynote speaker and Executive Director of National Cooperative Procurement Partners Tammy Rimes; in addition to classes about procurement requirements for contracting using FEMA funding, procurement fraud, the cost of procurement, advanced law enforcement rapid response training, and more. Early bird registration and pricing ends July 31 . Visit h-gacbuy.com/conference or email Jackie Carter or Carrington Barfield for more information. 
Our Great Region Awards Application Open Through July 31
Our Great Region 2019 Awards
The Our Great Region Awards recognize outstanding projects in the region dedicated to advancing the goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan.

The application is open through Wednesday, July 31. Plans, programs, projects, or polices that implemented or are implementing a strategy of the Our Great Region 2040 plan within the 13-county H-GAC planning region in the past three years are eligible to apply.

More information is available in the 2019 application guide or by contacting Andrea Tantillo .