Your Monthly News & Updates
Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable - January 28
Save the date for H-GAC's next
Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable
from 10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, January 28,
at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland, Dayton. Registration, networking, and light breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m.
The focus will be on how small cities are raising development standards for future growth. Speakers include Theo Melancon, Dayton City Manager; Jody Czajkoski, Conroe City Councilman; and Courtney Sladek, El Campo City Manager.
H-GAC hosts quarterly roundtables to help local governments, chambers of commerce, and economic development interests promote the economic revitalization of downtown areas.
Chocolate Bay Watershed Bacteria Reduction Meeting - January 30
H-GAC and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality invite area stakeholders to help create a plan to reduce high concentrations of bacteria found in the Chocolate Bay Watershed, including Chocolate, Halls and Mustang bayous. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 30, at Alvin Library, 105 S. Gordon Street, Alvin.
During the meeting, participants will review and discuss a draft plan to address the bacteria in the impacted watershed.
Parks and Natural Areas Summit and Awards Ceremony - February 14
Save the date for the
Parks and Natural Areas Summit and Awards Ceremony
from 9 a.m. to noon
Friday, February 14, 2020,
at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. The Summit will include presentations on topics and trends related to parks and natural areas.
The event will also include the annual Parks and Natural Areas Awards recognition ceremony. These projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region. Projects will be honored in three categories: Planning Process, On-the-Ground Projects Over $500,000, and On-the-Ground Projects Under $500,000.
Solid Waste Workshop Series: Enforcement - March 5
Solid Waste Workshop Series
will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5,
at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. The workshop will focus on enforcement.
H-GAC's Solid Waste Workshop Series
focuses on in-depth studies of different topics each quarter.
is requested. For more information, contact
Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable - March 9
Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable
will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, March 9,
at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor. Attendees will learn about the Nature and Eclectic Outdoors' Healthy Outdoor Communities initiative and will learn about an award-winning parks and natural areas project in the region.
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.
Online registration will open soon. For more information, contact
Every year, thousands of volunteers gather to clean up trash and debris along area waterways by participating in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in Texas, the
River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash
. Join them on
Saturday, March 28, 2020,
for the 27th annual cleanup.
With locations across the Galveston Bay watershed, there's a cleanup location near home, work, or school. Educational areas at each site offer opportunities to learn more about protecting water quality. Participating in Trash Bash is free, with supplies, t-shirts, lunch, and door prizes provided. Scouts and students are encouraged to participate.
Submit WISE Awards Applications Online Beginning January 6
H-GAC will accept
Water Innovation Strategies of Excellence (WISE) Awards
Monday, January 6,
Thursday, February 6.
The WISE Awards are a new initiative honoring innovative strategies and projects in the Houston-Galveston region that serve as models for improving water quality in four categories: Planning and Policy; Education and Public Awareness; Built Project (Greater than $500k); and Built Project (Less than $500k). Winning projects must exhibit efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation.
For more information, visit
Wharton County Launches Broadband Survey
Counties across the Houston-Galveston region are working with
Connected Nation - Texas
to assess needs and develop plans for improving high-speed internet (broadband) connections for residents and businesses. Wharton County is seeking feedback through a
to determine the community's internet needs. Surveys for Liberty and Walker counties will follow later this year.
General Land Office Launches Economic Recovery Program
The Texas General Land Office launched
Texas Back in Business
, a $100 million economic revitalization program for small businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The program provides grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to small businesses for hiring, training, operating capital, machinery, equipment, supplies, or inventory. The application period is through February 2020.
Neighborhoods, USA Annual Awards Competition
Applications are now open for the
Neighborhoods, USA 2020 Awards Competition
honoring neighborhood efforts and initiatives. Applications are being accepted for Neighborhood of the Year, Best Neighborhood Program, Neighborhood Newsletter, and Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods. The application deadline is
Friday, February 1.
More information, including
application guidelines and fees
, is available online.
Scenic City Applications Available
H-GAC and Scenic Texas support vibrant, healthy communities across the state. Partnering with Scenic Texas and other agencies to form the
Scenic City Certification Program
has been a natural fit for H-GAC. See the full roster of certified Scenic Cities and review program requirements by exploring
. The 2020 application is available for review, and the 2020 application period continues through
Tuesday, March 31.
RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition
Keep Texas Beautiful Awards
Get Involved With Trash Free Texas
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
. Organized by the National Audubon Society, this global, all-volunteer effort collects data on local bird populations. Individual counts are open to birders of all levels, and there is no fee to participate. Several
events are scheduled
across the region.
Galveston Bay Estuary Program's State of the Bay Symposium
is open for the 11th Galveston Bay Estuary Program
State of the Bay Symposium
January 22 and 23, 2020,
at Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from regional leaders and local experts, and connect with other leading scientists and natural resource management experts.
Citizens' Environmental Coalition's Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour
The Citizens' Environmental Coalition will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour on January 28 and 29, 2020. This event will be at 7 p.m. each night at the River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray Street, Houston. Tickets are available to purchase online.
EPA Brownfield Grants Available
Brownfields are properties that have been contaminated by pollutants or hazardous waste. The EPA offers Area Wide Planning Grants, Assessment Grants, Revolving Loan Fund Grants, Cleanup Grants, and Job Training Grants.
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