H-GAC Regional Focus 
April 2015
In This Issue
City of Liberty adds new Fire Tanker
May is National Bike Month
2015 Regional Salary & Benefits Survey
EPA Administrator Visits Port of Houston Authority
H-GAC Commute Survey
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
Results Are In for Trash Bash®
H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program
Loan Programs Available through H-GAC
About H-GAC
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Unless otherwise listed, meetings are held on the second floor at H-GAC's office, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027
 
 
 
City of Liberty adds new Fire Tanker
Courtesy of Houston Community Newspapers
The City of Liberty Fire Department unveiled a new Fire Tanker this month. Tanker 28 holds 2500 gallons of water and will make the fire department's life-saving work much easier.

The new fire tanker truck is a much-needed addition for the City of Liberty that did not have a fire tanker truck to service local and area fire fighting needs.

The new fire tanker truck is being purchased by the Liberty Community Development Corporation (LCDC), a 4-B corporation and financed through a long-term loan through the Gulf Coast Economic Development District (GCEDD) Revolving Loan Fund Plan, as approved by the Federal Economic Development Agency (EDA) and supervised by the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

For more information, visit our website.
May is National Bike Month

Bicycles parked at Discovery Green in Houston.

May is National Bike Month, and many communities are celebrating with Bike to Work Days and other events that encourage biking. Check out the range of activities planned for the Houston region on the Bike Houston website HERE

 

Spring is a great time to enjoy the region's many bikeways, and riders can use H-GAC's Regional Bikeway Viewer or the Regional Bikeway Map to chart routes.

 

H-GAC is hosting its own Bike and Walk to Work Day on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

 

For additional information about bicycle and pedestrian activities in our region, please contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.

 

Learn how to promote National Bike Month from the League of American Bicyclists

2015 Regional Salary & Benefits Survey

money-pensieve-man.jpgH-GAC conducts a regional salary and benefits survey as a service to its member cities. The survey covers nearly 80 municipal jobs and includes questions on city benefit practices. Cities that complete the survey will receive complimentary access to all of the results. 


We hope you will consider taking part in this year's Regional Salary Survey. To begin click HERE

If you have any questions before or after submitting your data, contact the survey administrator Staci Stalarow at 832-681-2631 or staci.stalarow@h-gac.com.
 

EPA Administrator Visits Port of Houston Authority
Gina McCarthy, EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the Port of Houston Authority Thursday to formally announce the Port Authority will receive a Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant of nearly $900,000. 

 

The grant will help replace 25 older drayage trucks with trucks powered by certified engines that are model year 2011 or newer. These drayage trucks operate in the Port of Houston and along the Houston Ship Channel. The new trucks will also have GPS units to collect data on idling and port operations, which will allow fleet owners and operators to gauge opportunities for additional fuel savings and emissions reduction. These reductions are important to overall air quality in the Houston-Galveston area, which currently does not meet Clean Air Act standards for ozone.


Jack Steele, H-GAC
"We celebrate that the Port of Houston is growing and thriving, while still reducing pollution," Administrator McCarthy said. "The DERA program is a good investment for both business and the environment."

 

"Replacing old, high polluting diesel engines with new, cleaner technology is always a good investment," stated Jack Steele, Houston-Galveston Area Council Executive Director. "The grant funding awarded today is essential to ongoing efforts to reduce pollution and improve quality of life in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria region." 

 

H-GAC Commute Survey

H-GAC engaged the research services of Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to conduct a public survey to analyze the effects alternative commute programs have on reducing congestion, as well as provide insight into any barriers to success for these and future travel demand management strategies.

 

Efforts to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on roadways is critical due to current congestion, population growth, and planned major roadway construction. TTI researchers collected more than 10,000 survey responses to ascertain current practices and preferences of both commuters and employers. Findings from the study enable H-GAC and partners to review and improve incentives aimed at managing roadway congestion by boosting participation in alternative travel modes, telecommuting, alternative work schedules, and other practices.

 

TTI has completed the first phase of the SPR study and has compiled survey results and analysis at: www.ghcommutes.org. 

 

H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding

H-GAC has announced grant funding available for regional marine vessel owners and regional construction equipment owners for the purchase and deployment of clean diesel or alternative fuel tug, tow/push boats, or heavy-duty construction equipment. The equipment must operate within the HGB non-attainment area and requires the destruction of the replaced equipment. Applicants are expected to provide two years of data collection and reporting. Responses to the Call for Projects must include CARB- or EPA-certified equipment.

 

For more information regarding marine projects, please click HERE, and for more information regarding nonroad construction equipment, please click HERE

 
Results Are In for Trash Bash® 

Trash Bash Logo

The 22nd annual River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash®, held on Saturday, March 28, was a great success.

More than 4,000 volunteers came out to clean up trash and debris and learn how to protect their local waterways all year long. Trash Bash® participants collected more than 26 tons of trash along 161 miles of shoreline at 15 different cleanup sites. Volunteers also collected 439 tires and recycled approximately 1.3 tons of material. Educational displays and activities were provided at each site and continue to be an important part of the event each year.

To see photos from this year's Trash Bash visit our Facebook page.
 
H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program

H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program

 

Are You Ready to Replace Your OLD Truck? 


H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program provides grants to trucking companies looking to replace their Class-8 diesel trucks with a new truck. Low interest loans are also available to qualified applicants.

Completed applications must be received no later than May 1, 2015. Grant amounts vary and are based on $15,000 per ton of NOx reductions.

To begin the application process, please contact program staff at 832-681-2588 or visit 

Loan Programs Available through H-GAC  

H-GAC currently manages a suite of business loan programs including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 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.


HGALDC
The SBA 504 Loan Program provides long-term business expansion financing for real estate, construction, and equipment purchases. Additional information is available online.

Gulf Coast Economic Developmetn District Logo


The EDA Revolving Loan Fund assists businesses impacted by Hurricane Ike. Visit www.gcedd.org for more information.



Anyone interested in applying for a loan or getting more information should contact Paula Bowden at 832-681-2512 for the Drayage Loan Program, or 832-681-2592 for the SBA 504 Loan Program or for the EDA Revolving Loan Fund.
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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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