H-GAC Regional Focus
October 2017
In This Issue
October Board of Directors Meeting
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Resources
Public Works Employment
Annual Fall Planning Workshop
H-GAC Solid Waste Grant Applications Due October 26th
Home Rule and General Law Caucuses
Hiring Red, White and You
Disaster Debris Workshop Series
Harris County Community Health Survey
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

October Board of Directors Meeting

At the October meeting, the H-GAC Board of Directors unanimously approved a livable centers study for the City of Fulshear , as well as a funding agreement with TxDOT for current commuter and transit service pilot projects in Fort Bend County, League City and Conroe.

The 2018 Budget & Service Plan Draft was presented and discussed in the first of three presentations.  A more detailed presentation will be given in November, with a Public Hearing and possible action to be taken in December.

A presentation was given by Executive Director Jack Steele on the status of a new disaster recovery program being developed and funded by FEMA and managed by the State.
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Resources
Hurricane Ike - Debris Pile, Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston County

H-GAC has created a resource page to assist its members and their communities in dealing with the issues faced in the aftermath of Harvey. Please click HERE for more information. 
Public Works Employment
Workforce Solutions, is responding to the regional workforce challenges facing local governments by providing funds to help employ workers who have lost their jobs due to Hurricane Harvey or other qualifying circumstances. Work must be related to the repair of public facilities or land.   Click HERE for more information. 
Annual Fall Planning Workshop - October 20
Fall Planning Workshop logo
H-GAC's  Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments  will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 20, at H-GAC Conference Rooms B and C, Second Floor.

This annual half-day workshop series for local governments features presentations on best planning practices for communities.

This year's workshop will focus on implementation. Discussion points will include:
  • How do you keep your plan off the shelf?
  • How do you pay for it?
  • How do you do it?
The workshop is free, and online registration is requested.             
For more information, contact Amanda Thorin at 713-993-4587.
H-GAC Solid Waste Grant Applications Due October 26th
montgomery county recycling drop off facility
Each year, H-GAC receives a portion of the money collected as tipping fees at landfills across the state as pass-through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), to fund solid waste grant projects throughout the 13-county region.

Over the next two years, H-GAC will award $1.2 million in S olid Waste Program Grant funds ($600,000 per year) but will accept applications for both years only during the upcoming grant application period.

The grant application period is open through noon,  Thursday, October 26.

For more information about the grant program, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.
Home Rule and General Law Caucuses
General Law and Home Rule Cities with populations under 25,000 will convene in November to choose two Board Members and two Alternates to represent them on the H-GAC Board of Directors.

Home Rule Cities will meet on Thursday, November 2 at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Town & Country in the Rutherford Room. The address is 788 West Sam Houston Parkway North - Suite 120, Houston, TX 77024. Click HERE for a map. To register for this event, click HERE.

The current Home Rule representatives are Councilmember Pat McLaughlan, City of Bellaire and his Alternate Councilmember Adam Arendell, City of Alvin and Councilmember William King, III, City of Dickinson who has a vacancy for his Alternate.

General Law Cities  will meet on Thursday, November 9 at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, River Oaks in the Napa & Sonoma Rooms. The address is 2405 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX  77098. Click HERE for a map. To register for this event, click HERE. 

The current General Law representatives are Mayor Pro Tem Terry Henley, City of Meadows Place and his Alternate, Alderman James Harrison, City of Bellville and Councilmember Nancy Arnold, City of Waller and her Alternate, Councilmember Susan Schwartz, City of Bunker Hill Village.

We look forward to seeing all designated Home Rule City and General Law City members of the 2018 General Assembly or their alternates. If your city has not yet designated a representative, we would ask each mayor to attend as your city's representative. 

The cost is $55.00 per person with complimentary valet and self-parking.

The event schedule is the same for both meetings:

6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - Dinner
8:00 p.m. - Business Meeting

For more information, please contact Cynthia Jones at 713-993-4591 .
Hiring Red, White and You Job Fair
Join Workforce Solutions on Thursday, November 9 for their 6th annual Hiring Red, White & You! job fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

The job fair brings together employers, veterans service organizations and training providers to assist job candidates with finding their next career opportunity.

For more information or to register for this event, click HERE. 
Conclusion of Disaster Debris Workshop Series - November 9
A portion of roof is removed with a claw during demolition of a home swept from its foundation into a marsh in Union Beach. The project falls under FEMA's Public Assistance Waterways Debris Removal Program. Photo by Sharon Karr-FEMA
concludes with Life After Harvey from 8:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at H-GAC  
Conference Rooms B and C, Second Floor.
The purpose of this workshop is to explore:
  • Lessons learned for debris operations including:
    • Debris estimation
    • Contracting and Procurement
    • Public Information
    • Disposal
    • Funding sources
  • Opportunities to mitigate the natural and built environment
  • Long term recovery opportunities
Online registration is requested. The workshop is also available via webinar
For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.
Harris County Community Health Survey
Your input makes a difference! Share your thoughts and opinions about health in Harris County by December 22 , and you'll be entered to win a $100 gift card!
This survey is brought to you by Harris County Public Health (HCPH), the local public health agency for Harris County, Texas. The Harris County Community Health Survey allows us to hear directly from residents about their priorities for health. Results will be used to inform health improvement plans for Harris County.
The survey is anonymous; however, to be entered in the drawing to win a $100 gift card, participants must provide contact information. This is completely optional.
For more information, contact Aimee Schultze with the Harris County Public Health office at (713) 274-6328.
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.

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
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Houston-Galveston Area Council