H-GAC Regional Focus
Dear Mike Fuller, 
June 2016
In This Issue
Designing for Impact: Regional Guide to LID
Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop - June 16
2016 Hurricane Evacuation Maps
Storm Debris Workshop "Mitigating Your Hazards" - June 16
Gulf Coast Workforce Board Report Card
2016 Fall TML Region 14 Meeting
End-Of-Trip Facilities Guide Offers Tips for Companies to Make Biking Easier
Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal
Quick Links
Meetings and Events
H-GAC Board of Directors Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Agendas for all committees can be found on our websitePlease visit our calendar for upcoming meetings and events.

Unless otherwise listed, meetings are held on the second floor at H-GAC's office,3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027

Designing for Impact: Regional Guide to LID
Mock up of LID Guide cover
The Houston-Galveston region is forecasted to grow by more than 3.5 million people by 2040. This growth will be followed by more development, leading to more paved surfaces and infrastructure that will alter natural drainage patterns and impact stormwater quality.

Low Impact Development (LID) is an alternative method to land development that captures and disperses stormwater as close to its source as possible. LID techniques are proven to decrease development and infrastructure expenditures, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and enhance stormwater quality.

H-GAC is pleased to announce the release of Designing for Impact: Regional Guide to Low Impact Development. This guide explains how LID functions, its benefits, common LID best management practices, and ways to overcome obstacles to implementation. The guide also looks at case studies showcasing successful LID projects from around the region and considers five hypothetical site plans comparing costs and environmental impacts of LID and conventional design.

A digital copy of the guide can be found on our website. To request a printed copies, contact Mary Martha Gaiennie at 713-993-2468.
Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop - June 16
Bagby Street
Registration is now open for H-GAC's Designing for Impact: LID Mobile Workshop. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 16.

Participants will tour four LID projects in the region. Transportation will be provided for the first 32 registered participants. All participants are asked to meet at H-GAC by 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Mary Martha Gaiennie at 713-993-2468. 
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane Season starts Wednesday, June 1. It is important to educate yourself and your family. Have a kit, make a plan, and know your evacuation routes.

Important changes have been made to the hurricane evacuation routes in the Houston-Galveston region. Be sure you know if your route has changed on the 2016 Hurricane Zip Zone Map.

To view the 2016 Hurricane Evacuation Map click HERETo learn more about the Hurricane Evacuation Planning click HERE.
Storm Debris Workshop "Mitigating Your Hazards" - June 16
Housing experiencing flooding
H-GAC's series of debris management workshops concludes Thursday, June 16, with Mitigating Your Hazards. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.

Mitigation and resiliency are hot national topics. Now is an important time for municipalities to identify strategies to reduce losses from natural hazards most likely to impact them.

This workshop will look at identifying long-term strategies for risk reduction, identifying cost-effective mitigation actions, and exploring the range of resources available to support mitigation activities. This workshop will also include a guest speaker from the Texas Water Development Board.

Discussion points for this workshop include:
  • Flood Mitigation Projects
  • Buyouts
  • Elevations
Refreshments for this workshop are sponsored by AshBritt Environmental.

There is no cost for this event, but space is limited and registration is required. Register to attend this event in person by contacting Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525. To attend via webinar, register online
Gulf Coast Workforce Board Report Card
The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate Workforce Solutions are the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. We help employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers, so both can compete in the global economy.

With participation from the region's chief local elected officials, the Workforce Board sets the strategic direction for the regional workforce system and guides the area's workforce agenda focusing on four key results:
  • Competitive Employers
  • Educated Workforce
  • More and Better Jobs
  • Higher Incomes
Each year the Board produces a Report Card as a tool to gauge the region's competitiveness in relation to similar metropolitan areas across the United States. The 2015 Gulf Coast Workforce Report Card provides an in-depth look at several indicator measures that contribute to the overall prosperity of our region. The Houston-Galveston region ranks highly in terms of economic performance and is competitive on labor force composition and quality of life, however educational achievement remains an issue.

Explore the Report Card HERE

2016 Fall TML Region 14 Meeting
The 2016 Fall Texas Municipal League Region 14 Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday August 26 & 27 at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas on Lake Conroe.  

Sponsorships Available - Please call Cynthia at (713)993-4591 or email Cynthia.Jones@h-gac.com for more information.
End-Of-Trip Facilities Guide Offers Tips for Companies to Make Biking Easier
Cover of End of Trip Facilities Guide Although more places are connected to the region's growing bicycle network, cyclists may be unable to store their bikes, fix a flat tire, or freshen up once they reach their destination. H-GAC released End-of-Trip Facilities: A Planning Guide for the Houston-Galveston Region, which identifies different types of end-of-trip facilities public and private entities can provide to make it easier for visitors and employees to arrive by bike.

The guide is organized into three sections which address bicycle parking (Lock Up), bicycle repair (Tune Up), and changing facilities for cyclists (Clean Up). Case studies from our region and beyond demonstrate how companies are successfully making end-of-trip facilities available for their employees and visitors. 

Click HERE to download or contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598 for a physical copy. 
Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal
photo of storm debris Recognizing the need for communities to perform efficient and timely cleanup of debris generated by natural disasters, H-GAC has developed the Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal Services Program. By having debris hauler contracts in place prior to events, cleanup can be quicker and less costly.

Procuring reputable and experienced firms can be challenging. H-GAC has already handled many of the procurement issues for local governments. The Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal Services Program offers access to a pool of the most qualified debris removal contractors, saves time and money associated with the procurement process, and helps maximize eligible FEMA reimbursement.

To learn how to participate in the program, contact Cheryl Mergo at 713-993-4520.

As a reminder, hurricane evacuation maps, including zip zone evacuation, surge zone, and evacuation routes, can be found on the H-GAC website.
Rick Guerrero, Intergovernmental Relations
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Houston-Galveston Area Council, PO Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227
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