H-GAC Regional Focus  
 March 2016
In This Issue
Trash Bash - "Clean It Like You Mean It!" on April 2nd
TML Region 14 Spring Meeting
H-GAC Annual Brochure
H-GAC Mobility Report 2015
Gulf Coast Workforce Board Members Honored For Longtime Service
New Transportation Facebook and Twitter
Transportation Suggestion Box
Loan Programs Available through H-GAC
About H-GAC
Quick Links

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

H-GAC's Board of Directors met on March 15 to consider a Landfill Mining project, Clean Vehicles Program Agreements, and appointments to H-GAC Advisory committees.

The 2016 Board officers presided over the meeting. The new officer team includes: City of La Porte Councilman Chuck Engelken, Jr., Chair; Chambers County Commissioner Gary Nelson, Chair Elect, and City of Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery, Vice Chair.

The 2016 officers were installed at the H-GAC General Assembly Annual Meeting on Friday, March 4. State Comptroller Glenn Hegar was the principal speaker at this annual gathering of local elected officials, administrators, civic and service leaders, and business and industry representatives.

The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. More information about the 2016 H-GAC Board of Directors can be found here. To access the last Board meeting with audio click here.

Trash Bash - "Clean It Like You Mean It!" on April 2nd
It's Almost Time to "Clean It Like You Mean It!" On Saturday, April 2, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m the 23rd annual River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash® will take place at 15 sites around the region. There's a location near you - find it HERE.

Join thousands of volunteers throughout the Galveston Bay watershed in cleaning up trash, tires and other debris from area waterways. This half-day event is the largest single-day waterway cleanup in Texas.

Help pick up trash and promote a healthy Galveston Bay watershed by volunteering along with 4,500 of your friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Get a t-shirt and lunch, win prizes, and learn more about water quality.

Check out the Trash Bash® video on YouTube or visit TrashBash.org to learn more.

TML Region 14 Spring Meeting

The 2016 Spring TML Region 14 Meeting will take place on Friday, April 22 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

Check-in begins at 5:30 with the meeting to follow at 6:00 p.m. The registration cost will be $55.00 per person.

Register HERE by April 15. Please call 713-993-4591 with any questions about registration.

H-GAC Annual Brochure
H-GAC finished strong in 2015 and is off to a great start in 2016. Each year we produce an annual brochure which highlights our accomplishments and provides an overview of H-GAC's programs.

H-GAC's programs are an important resource for local governments in areas which include: transportation planning and funding, hurricane recovery, criminal justice planning, water quality monitoring, law enforcement training, 9-1-1 emergency communication, cooperative purchasing, economic development and solid waste.

Click HERE to download a copy of the 2015 report.
H-GAC Mobility Report 2015
The 2015 Mobility Report summarizes key economic and transportation performance measures that reflect our progress toward achieving a safe, reliable, multimodal transportation network.

This document also illustrates some of the larger transportation infrastructure investments made in 2015. Compared to recent years, the dollar value of new investments was significantly smaller. However, this is largely due to the construction timing of major projects, some of which have been delayed and will be "let to contract" later this year or in 2017.

Click HERE to download a copy of the 2015 report.
Gulf Coast Workforce Board Members Honored For Longtime Service
From Right to Left: Mark Guthrie, Richard Shaw, Gerald Andrews, and Ray Laughter.
Five Gulf Coast Workforce Board members are among those recently honored as "Pioneers" for their 18+ years of service to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) system.  They have helped local employers fill open positions and individuals find jobs, keep jobs or get better jobs. 

The Gulf Coast Workforce Board honorees are: Mark Guthrie, Chairman of the Board from the Cypress area, John Hebert, Board member from the Liberty area, Ray Laughter, Board member from The Woodlands/Tomball area, Richard Shaw, Board member from the Spring Branch area, and Gerald Andrews, Board member from the Lake Jackson area.

All five honorees have served on the Board since it was established in 1997.

The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate Workforce Solutions are the public workforce system in the 13-county greater Houston region. Workforce Solutions helps employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers. For more information, visit our website.

New Transportation Facebook and Twitter 
H-GAC has new social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter for transportation and air quality in the eight-county Houston region.

H-GAC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation planning in the eight-county Houston-Galveston area, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties. H-GAC's Transportation Policy Council approves the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program. 

So remember to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay informed and give us feedback.
Transportation Suggestion Box
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Our new Suggestion Box is now available for you to submit your comments and ideas on how to improve transportation services available.

The purpose of the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan is to provide more efficient and effective public transportation services, especially for seniors (65 and older), persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, veterans, youth, and others who need an alternative to driving.  
Submit your comments and ideas on how to improve community transportation options today in our Suggestion Box
Leave us your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #RctpHearMeOut or contact line at 1-855-363-2516.
Background information and a "Suggestion Box" are available on the project website at www.ridethegulfcoast.com.

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.

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.

H-GAC on Facebook
H-GAC has a Facebook page where we post information about current and upcoming events. You can find the page here. Please visit and "like" H-GAC's page. While you're there, visit other H-GAC pages on Facebook, such as AgingRecycling, Trash Bash, Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG), and Clean Air Action.
Workforce Solutions Blog
BlogForce is the Workforce Solutions blog. Each Monday, a new posting is added on employment tips and news for both job seekers and employers. Bookmark it!
Rick Guerrero, Intergovernmental Relations
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Houston-Galveston Area Council, PO Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227
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