H-GAC Regional Focus 

September 2015

In This Issue

Revitalization Roundtable October 1

2015 Regional Salary and Benefits Survey available

CWI Workshop September 15

Workforce Solutions Relocates Baytown, Rosenberg Career Offices

2015 Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference

Keeping Us Moving Workshop - Save the Date

Economic Development Digest Newsletter

Loan Programs Available through 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





Registration Open for October 1 Revitalization Roundtable

Bringing Back Main Street LogoJoin H-GAC for the Bringing Back Main Street: Revitalization Roundtable

Thursday, October 1, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tomball Community Center 
221 Market Street
Tomball, TX 77375 

Participants will learn about different types of tourism common in small cities and rural areas throughout Texas.

Speakers include: 

  • Mayor Gretchen Fagan (City of Tomball)
  • April Garner (Texas Historical Commission: State Coordinator, Heritage Tourism Program)
  • Andrew Pompei, AICP (Houston-Galveston Area Council: Senior Regional Planner) 

Register HERE

For more information, contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.


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 or staci.stalarow@h-gac.com.


Regional Water Conservation at CWI Workshop

Clean Waters Initiative LogoClean water is crucial to our region's environment, economy, and quality of life. Our Clean Waters Initiative (CWI) program offers workshops that help local governments, landowners, and citizens develop effective strategies to reduce pollution in our area waterways.


Regional Water Conservation will be the focus of the nexClean Waters Initiative Workshop.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room B

Houston, TX 77027 


Topics include:

  • Water Conservation and the 2060 Region H Water Plan;
  • Water Conservation by the Yard: Estimating Savings from Outdoor Water Restriction; and
  • Water Management Strategies / Assessments for Buildings and Irrigation Systems.

The workshop is free, but online registration is required.


For more information, contact KathyJanhsen at 713-993-2423.

Workforce Solutions Relocates Baytown, Rosenberg Career Offices 

Workforce SolutionsThe Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate, Workforce Solutions, are the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas. Workforce Solutions helps employers meet human resource needs and individuals build careers, so both can better compete in the global economy.

With 24 career office locations across the region, Workforce Solutions' staff helps people find jobs, keep jobs or get better jobs. They offer job search and job matching assistance, career counseling and financial aid for education, training and work support.

Two Career Offices, Workforce Solutions - Baytown and Workforce Solutions - Rosenberg, relocated weeks ago to better serve customers in Harris and Fort Bend counties. The offices will hold their official open house events on October 15th (Baytown) and October 22nd (Rosenberg), as Workforce Solutions celebrates the openings of these relocated offices.

Workforce Solutions - Baytown
4308-B Garth Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521

Workforce Solutions - Rosenberg
28000 Southwest Freeway, Suite D
Rosenberg, TX 77471

The new locations will help Workforce Solutions continue their efforts to supply people with current, useful information on careers of the future - focusing on high-skill, high-growth jobs that provide opportunities for growth and good wages.

For more information contact Joshua Shideler, Public Information Planner for Workforce Solutions: 713-499-6658.


2015 Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference

Join us for the 2015  Harris County 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.


Keeping Us Moving Workshop - Save the Date

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.


Economic Development Digest Newsletter

H-GAC has re-launched the Economic Development Digest. This quarterly e-mail newsletter by the Gulf Coast Economic Development District provides a snapshot of current economic development trends along with relevant economic forecasts and data for the H-GAC region. Click HERE to see the latest edition and HERE to subscribe.   


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.

H-GAC Newsletters

H-GAC now publishes three electronic newsletters. In addition to this Regional Focus, we offer Community and Environmental Update, and The Vision (transportation news). You can subscribe to any of them by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email to update your profile.

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