Houston-Galveston Area Council Newsletter        September 2019
August Board of Directors Meeting
The Houston-Galveston Area Council's Board of Directors met on August 20. The consent agenda included requests to authorize an increase to the previously authorized agreement with The Woodlands Township for park and ride services and a request to authorize a contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture to receive grant funds to implement a credit card skimmer reduction program.

The next board of directors meeting is September 17 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 .
BREAKING: Attend the HGACBuy '19 Conference for FREE!
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The  2019 HGACBuy Conference & Expo  is rapidly approaching and you could attend it for

HGACBuy '19 is the newest conference for purchasing professionals. It will be held on October 1-2, 2019 at the NRG Conference Center in Houston, Texas. This biennial conference will focus on providing attendees with engaging educational forums, an exposition of new, innovative products and services, and meaningful networking opportunities.

If you don't win, but still want to attend HGACBuy '19, download a justification letter to share with your supervisor.
Only one entry per person will be considered.
2019 Workforce Report Card

The Gulf Coast Workforce Board staff at H-GAC compiled indicator data to gauge the region’s economic health compared to similar metropolitan regions across the United States. The results are presented in the 2019 Workforce Report Card . The report contends that the dramatic effects of advances in technology must be paralleled by advances in our workforce development efforts. The Gulf Coast Workforce Board will host eight roundtable discussions with community, business, and educational leaders across the region. To learn more about this effort, visit wrksolutions.com/reportcard .

Parks and Natural Areas Awards Application is Open

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. The application period will be from September 3 until 5 p.m. Monday, September 30. 

An online application guide is available.
Winners will be notified in December. The awards ceremony and half-day parks event will be in February 2020. For more information, contact  Andrea Tantillo.  
Texas Municipal League Region 14 Fall Meeting and Workshop
Region 14 Texas Municipal League (TML) members met on August 23 and 24 in Spring at the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village for their annual meeting and workshop. Friday’s Mayors Mixer featured a roundtable discussion about the challenges and issues faced by municipalities due to rapid regional. Saturday’s workshop focused on hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds, economic development, short term rentals, substandard structures, and the effects of this past legislative session on municipalities. Members in attendance received valuable information to implement new strategies for economic and community development programs within their communities.
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 .
LIVE, Work and Play: Facilitating Housing in Livable Centers
H-GAC’s Livable Centers Program seeks to create places where people can live, work, and play. This workshop will focus on the “live” component—providing a range of housing choices where residents can make many of their daily trips on foot, by bicycle, or transit.

Participants will gain insight on how to incorporate housing into planning strategies and learn about the tools available in our region to help promote successful housing development. You’ll also have a chance to join in a conversation with an expert panel to see what it takes to make a housing development “pencil,” as well as answer questions you have about localized housing strategies in your community.

Friday, September 20
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Conference Room B/C, Second Floor, at  H-GAC .

Check-in and light refreshments begin at 8:30 A.M. The program begins at 9:00 A.M.

Online registration is requested.
2019 Regional Salary and Benefits Survey Available Now
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Clean Vehicles Program Accepting Applications
The resources and funding you need to upgrade your fleet and improve air quality.
Keep the air clean and support local energy with the  Clean Vehicles program . Apply now to replace the trucks of your business or local government.

The Clean Vehicles program provides grants to local governments and businesses to accelerate the replacement of high-emitting and heavy-duty diesel trucks or equipment with new lower-emission vehicles and equipment. Grant amounts are based on the emission reductions that will be achieved and participants are required to report on mileage and fuel usage.

If interested, you can request more information or contact the Clean Vehicles program staff .
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 .