H-GAC Regional Focus 
October 2015
In This Issue
Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference
The Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition Stakeholder Meeting
Keeping Us Moving Workshop
Transportation Policy Council - Streaming Video
2016 Aerial Cost-Share Acquisition Project
2015 Regional Salary and Benefits Survey available
Loan Programs Available through H-GAC
About H-GAC
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Meetings and Events at


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
General Law Cities and Home Rule Cities with populations under 25,000 have recently made their designations of members for the 2016 H-GAC General Assembly. Delegates from both groups will meet in November to choose two Board Members and two Alternates to represent their respective groups on the 2016 H-GAC Board of Directors.

General Law Cities will meet on Thursday, November 5 and Home Rule Cities on Thursday, November 12.

Hilton Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

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

Event schedule is the same for both meetings.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit our website or contact Staci Stalarow at 832-681-2631.
Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference

Harris County is hosting its 7th Annual International Trade and Transportation Conference where you'll be some of the first to learn about the newest developments in trade and infrastructure that could impact the future of your business. This year's conference will zero in specifically on Harris County, so you won't want to miss this focused and fruitful day of renowned speakers and networking.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
NRG (Reliant) Center
1 Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX 77054

For more information about speakers and topics click HERE.

The registration fee is $95.00 for non-sponsors. To register click HERE.
The Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition Stakeholder Meeting
The HGCCC will be holding its quarterly stakeholder meeting, which is open to interested alternative fuel/technology vendors and fleet operators. The topics of discussion will be networking opportunities, available funding, and financial incentive programs for transitioning to alternative fuel technology. The coalition will be accepting input to draft its annual plan for helping members accomplish their goals. An advisory board will also be elected with representatives from private and public sector fleets, as well as different alternative fuels.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor, Conference Room A
Houston, TX 77027 

RSVP to maraed.dickinson@h-gac.com.
Keeping Us Moving Workshop
This half-day event offers a collaborative forum around topics related to the Livable Centers and Pedestrian/Bicyclist programs at H-GAC. The program will include a luncheon with keynote speaker Adam Thies, former director of planning and development initiatives for the City of Indianapolis.

The workshop will also include two afternoon breakout sessions: Emerging Trends, highlighting technical and policy considerations in transportation planning; and Back to Basics, touching on planning, funding, and H-GAC tools available.

Friday, November 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Norris Conference Center - City Centre
816 Town and Country Blvd
Houston, TX 77024.

Registration for this event is $45. Register HERE.
Transportation Policy Council - Streaming Video
H-GAC is pleased to announce live streaming broadcasts of the TPC which began at the September 25, 2015 meeting. All future TPC meetings will be streamed live on the internet at their scheduled times. They will then be archived after the event in case you missed it or wish to see it again. 

Live meetings will be streamed on our website HERE, while past meetings are archived HERE
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.
2015 Regional Salary and Benefits Survey available
The Regional Salary and Benefits Survey is now available. The survey results include a summary of all positions, the lowest and highest salaries reported, number of cities and incumbents for each position surveyed for all participating cities.

Participants that responded to the survey will receive a free electronic and printed copy. Non-participants may buy an electronic copy for $25 or a bound copy for $45.

For more information and to order your copy, visit our website or contact Staci Stalarow at 832-681-2631.
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 832-681-2592.

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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