H-GAC Regional Focus
Dear Rick Guerrero, 
September 2016
In This Issue
Home Rule and General Law Cities Caucuses
Regional DWI Task Force - Labor Day
Announcing the Our Great Region Awards
Clean Waters Initiative: Watershed Planning Workshop
Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments
Harris County International Trade and Transportation Conference
Grant Writing Workshop
Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Job Fair
Trash Bash® T-Shirt Competition
H-GAC's Designing for Impact Project Earns National Recognition
Careers at H-GAC
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

Home Rule and General Law Cities Caucuses
General Law Cities and Home Rule Cities with populations under 25,000 will convene in November to choose two Board Members and two Alternates to represent their respective groups on the 2017 H-GAC Board of Directors.

Home Rule Cities will meet on Thursday, November 3 and General Law Cities on Thursday, November 10 at Maggiano's Little Italy in the Tuscany Room on the 2nd Floor. The address is 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056. Cost is $55.00. Valet and self parking are complimentary. 

2017 General Designation Forms have been mailed.

Event schedule is the same for both meetings.

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

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Cynthia Jones at 713-993-4591.
Regional DWI Task Force - Labor Day
H-GAC completed its FY16 Regional DWI Task Force activities. Over the Labor Day weekend enforcement period, the Task Force apprehended 37 suspected drunk drivers, bringing the total number of arrests to 199 for the year.

Since the inception of the program in December 2012, 986 suspected drunk drivers have been arrested within the eight-county region. TxDOT recently awarded H-GAC a fifth year of funding for FY17 beginning on October 1, 2016.

The Task Force is funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant provided by TxDOT, and it is the only multi-agency enforcement grant in the State. This grant helps pay officers overtime for their enforcement activities during the holidays. H-GAC serves as the administrator of the grant allowing the participating agencies to focus more on their enforcement activities.

For more information about the DWI Task Force, please contact Jeff Kaufman at 832-681-2533.
Announcing the Our Great Region Awards
Does your organization have an outstanding local project in the arena of transportation, environment, economic development, resiliency, housing or healthy communities? The Houston-Galveston Area Council is introducing a new awards program: The Our Great Region Awards.

The Our Great Region Awards will recognize outstanding projects in the region that are advancing the goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan.

For more information on the Our Great Region awards, including the application guide, please go to the awards website.
Clean Waters Initiative: Watershed Planning Workshop
We know there are water quality issues in the region, especially high levels of bacteria. But what are we doing to address those problems?

Gain a better understanding of how the region is addressing water quality through watershed planning at our next CWI meeting. It will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the H-GAC Conference Rooms B/C, Second Floor.

Speakers will provide an overview of regional watershed planning and its three phases:
  • Phase 1 - Pre-Planning
  • Phase 2 - Plan Creation
  • Phase 3 - Implementation
Register Now!
Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments
The Houston-Galveston Area Council is pleased to invite you to our annual Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments. The topic for this year's half-day workshop is Effective Public Engagement for Your Community.

The workshop will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the H-GAC Conference Rooms B/C, Second Floor. 

Register today. Space for the workshop is limited. Click HERE for more information about the workshop. 
Harris County International Trade and Transportation Conference
The 8th Annual Harris County International Trade and Transportation Conference will feature some of the newest developments in trade and infrastructure that could impact the future of your business. This year's keynote speaker will be Lance Fritz, CEO, Union Pacific Railroad.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
NRG (Reliant) Center
1 Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX 77054

The registration fee is $95.00 for non-sponsors. To register click HERE.
Grant Writing Workshop
Harris County Sheriff's Academy and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Humble, October 31 - November 1, 2016. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

We are excited to offer Houston-Galveston Area Council members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use discount code "HGAC" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.

Complete event details including learning objectives, class location and graduate testimonials are available here.

Seating is limited, so click HERE to make your reservations. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Job Fair
Workforce Solutions, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Medical Center are proud to present the fifth annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Job Fair at Minute Maid Park on November 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hiring Red, White and You! connects Texas veterans and their families with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background.

In 2015, Hiring Red, White & You! Houston had over 2,500 veteran customers in attendance, with 22 veteran service organizations and 158 employers participating in the event. Additionally, over 75 employers conducted onsite interviews and there were 17 onsite hires.

Registration opens October 3. To register, please visit our website.
Trash Bash® T-Shirt Competition
Save the Date! The 24th River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash® will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trash Bash® also needs your help to design the 2017 t-shirt. The art contest is open to area students in grades 1-8. The deadline is October 28, 2016.  Details are available HERE.

Trash Bash® is made possible through generous contributions and support by sponsors. Check out Sponsorship Levels and Benefits to see how your organization can make a significant positive impact on local waterways.

In 2016, more than 102,588 volunteers have collected nearly 2,137 tons of trash, 15 tons of recyclable materials, and 10,135 tires. 
H-GAC's Designing for Impact Project Earns National Recognition
H-GAC and LID Map H-GAC's Designing for Impact is a National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2016 Innovation Award recipient. The awards honor NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life.

The Designing for Impact project promotes the use of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques in new development by providing information and strategies for educating the public about LID functions, benefits, and barriers to implementation. The project included the publication of a LID guide for local governments, education through a series of workshops, and a webpage and interactive mapping tool highlighting LID projects already implemented in the region.
Careers at H-GAC
H-GAC offers opportunities in clerical, technical, and professional positions, when available. Qualified, motivated individuals are encouraged to view our current opportunities and apply.

H-GAC is currently seeking:
To learn more and stay up to date on all career opportunities at H-GAC click HERE and follow us on Linkedin
Rick Guerrero, Intergovernmental Relations
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Houston-Galveston Area Council, PO Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227
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