H-GAC Regional Focus
 
June 2018
In This Issue
Funding Local Projects
EDA Harvey Recovery Grants
2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update
Hurricane Harvey Funding
Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable
Buy-outs, Acquisitions, and Elevations Workshop
Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable
Save The Date! TML Region 14 Fall Meeting and Workshop
Housing For The Future
Regional Recycling Roundtable
H-GAC Welcomes Next Executive Director
H-GAC Announces New Public Services Director
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


June Board of Directors Meeting
At the June meeting, the H-GAC Board of Directors unanimously approved grants for solid waste management and water quality management planning.

The Board also authorized the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to contract with 12 providers for adult  education services.   For more information on Adult Literacy Programs near you, click  HERE.

In addition, the Board approved the release of the H-GAC draft Method of Distribution for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds for buyouts and infrastructure.  More information about feedback opportunities below.
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.
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.
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 begins 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.
H-GAC Seeks Feedback On Harvey Buyout and Infrastructure Funding 
H-GAC is seeking input on the draft Method of Distribution of $241 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding to counties and local jurisdictions for buyout/acquisition and infrastructure projects associated with Hurricane Harvey. The allocation includes $111 million of recovery funds for a local buyout/acquisition program and $130 million for local infrastructure projects in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Walker, and Wharton counties.

H-GAC held two public hearings to gather feedback.  The Draft Method of Distribution can be found here .  A hard copy of the draft is available for public inspection and comment at the H-GAC reception area at 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, Houston, TX  77027 until the comment period closes.

H-GAC will accept written comments through 4 p.m. Friday, July 6.  More information about the comment period and methods for delivering comments are published online.
 OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN
H-GAC hosts workshops and training opportunities throughout the year.  Please see below for upcoming events.
Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable - July 9
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The next  Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable will be on
Monday, July 9 from 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. in H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor.

Speakers will include Marlon Conley with the Trust for Public Land, and Tim May, with Halff Associates, Inc. The group will discuss changes to the annual PNA awards timeline and recognition event. A roundtable discussion will follow the presentations.

The Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable serves as a forum for discussion of parks and natural areas in the H-GAC region and is open to anyone who would like to participate.

Registration is requested. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo at 832-681-2507.
Buy-outs, Acquisitions, and Elevations Workshop - July 13
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Join H-GAC for a voluntary  Buy-outs, Acquisitions, and Elevations workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 13,in H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
 
The workshop will bring together professionals with extensive knowledge on voluntary buy-outs, acquisitions, and elevations in the region. Local practitioners and state agencies will share their strategies and resources to develop a program for local communities.  
 
Registration is requested. For more information, contact Joey Kaspar at 713-993-4547.
Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable - July 24
Bringing Back Main Street Logo H-GAC's next  Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 24 , at the West Columbia Civic Center, 512 East Brazos, West Columbia.

Jaimie Masterson, Associate Director of Texas Target Communities, will discuss planning and technical assistance services available to small and rural communities.

Registration is requested. For more information, contact Clint McManus at 832-681-2513.
Save The Date!  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.  Registration will be opening soon.

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.
CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP

H-GAC Welcomes Next Executive Director

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wemple as the next Executive Director of the council of governments effective June 1, 2018.  Mr. Wemple succeeds outgoing Executive Director Jack Steele after 45 years of service with the agency.

Mr. Wemple brings over 15 years of experience in the fields of Economic Development, Disaster Recovery, Regional Resiliency, and Community and Environmental Planning.  Chuck began his career at H-GAC in 2003 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2013.
H-GAC Announces New Public Services Director
Ronnie Barnes has been named Public Services Director for H-GAC. 

Ronnie previously served as the Program Manager of the HGACBuy Program and has worked in the Cooperative Purchasing Program since 2012.  He has 20 years of experience with H-GAC.

Ronnie now leads a staff of 30, dedicated to the Cooperative Purchasing and Public Safety Programs for the region.  For more information, please visit
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