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H-GAC Regional Focus 
December 2015
In This Issue
TAC and TPC Meeting Cancellations
Save the Date for Next Revitalization Roundtable
H-GAC Holiday Closures
Camera-Sharing Program Helps to Combat Illegal Dumping
2016 Aerial Cost-Share Acquisition Project
Loan Programs Available through H-GAC
About H-GAC
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Please visit our website calendar for upcoming meetings and events held at H-GAC.
Unless otherwise listed, meetings are held on the second floor at H-GAC's office, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027
Leaders from the region's General Law and Home Rule Cities met recently to elect two representatives and two alternates to represent them on the 2016 H-GAC Board of Directors.

Representing General Law Cities in 2016 will be City of Meadows Place Alderman Terry Henley who was reelected to serve as a Board member, marking his twenty-third term representing General Law Cities. Alderman Henley is a past Chair of H-GAC's Board of Directors. City of Waller Council Member Nancy Arnold was also re-elected to a third term to serve as a Board member representing General Law Cities. Their Alternates are City of Bunker Hill Village Councilwoman Susan Schwartz and City of Shenandoah Mayor Garry Watts.

From the left: Alderman Terry Henley, City of Meadows Place; Councilmember Nancy Arnold, City of Waller; Councilwoman Susan Schwartz, City of Bunker Hill Village; Mayor Garry Watts, City of Shenandoah

Representing Home Rule Cities in 2016 will be City of Manvel Mayor Delores Martin who was re-elected to serve as a Board member. This will be Mayor Martin's fifth term representing Home Rule Cities. Mayor Martin has previously served as Chair of the H-GAC Board of Directors. City of Bellaire Councilman Pat McLaughlan was elected to serve as a Board member representing Home Rule Cities. He is returning to the Board after having previously served in this role from 2005-2009. Councilman McLaughlan also serves on the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council. Alternates elected were City of Dickinson Councilman William King, III and City of Alvin Council Member Adam Arendell.

From the left: Mayor Delores Martin, City of Manvel; Councilman William King III, City of Dickinson; City of Alvin Council Member Adam Arendell; Council Member Pat McLaughlan, City of Bellaire

TAC and TPC Meeting Cancellations
December's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Transportation Policy Council (TPC) meetings have been cancelled for the month December. 

The next TPC meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2016. 
Save the Date for Next Revitalization Roundtable
Bringing Back Main Street Logo
Save the date for the next Bringing Back Main Street Revitalization Roundtable Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood.
H-GAC hosts quarterly roundtables that focus on downtown revitalization.
H-GAC Holiday Closures
closed_red_sign.jpg The H-GAC offices will be closed for the holidays on December 25 and 26, 2015. Office hours will resume Monday, December 28.

The office will also be closed Friday, January 1, 2016.
Camera-Sharing Program Helps to Combat Illegal Dumping
Camera To help track and reduce illegal dumping, H-GAC offers surveillance cameras and accompanying accessories through a sharing program. The cameras can capture clear videos day or night, including license plates of cars traveling up to 50 mph.
Participation in the program is for local governments within the 13-county H-GAC region and involves specific agreements, including a commitment to use the cameras for solid waste purposes 100 percent of the time and report results to H-GAC.
To allow easier access to local governments, ownership of the cameras has been transferred to Fort Bend, Galveston, and Walker counties. To access the cameras, borrow them from one of those three counties. 
For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.
2016 Aerial Cost-Share Acquisition Project
H-GAC's GIS Program has announced the kick-off of the next aerial imagery cost-share acquisition project. Imagery is flown for the 13-county H-GAC region in 1 foot resolution and color infrared, along with certain areas in 6 inch resolution.

For more information on how to participate, please visit
www.h-gac.com/go/aerial or e-mail DSGIS@h-gac.com for more information.
Loan Programs Available through H-GAC  
H-GAC currently manages a suite of business loan programs including the Drayage Loan Program, Small Business Administration 504, and the Economic Development Administration Revolving Loan Fund.

TruckThe Drayage Loan Program helps short haul trucking companies/owner-operators purchase fuel-efficient and cleaner running trucks. More information can be found here. Anyone interested in applying can call 832-681-2512.

The SBA 504 Loan Program provides long-term business expansion financing for real estate, construction, and equipment purchases. Additional information is available online or by calling 832-681-2557.

Gulf Coast Economic Developmetn District Logo

The EDA Revolving Loan Fund assists businesses impacted by Hurricane Ike. Visit www.gcedd.org for more information.

About H-GAC
H-GAC Board of Directors Meetings
The agenda and attachments for the Board of Directors meetings are posted on our website the week before each meeting. Board meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month on the second floor at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas 77027.

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