H-GAC Regional Focus 
June 2015
In This Issue
Hurricane Evacuation Maps
Commercial Food Waste Collection Workshop
Regional Growth Forecast
Economic Development Digest Newsletter
Bringing Back Main Street Guidebook
Report Examines Region's Water Quality
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
H-GAC Commute Survey
Loan Programs Available through H-GAC
About H-GAC
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Meetings and Events at

H-GAC

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
 
 
 
Hurricane Evacuation Maps

The most recent storms served as a reminder that preparing for a disaster is a year-round activity. 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 2015 Hurricane Zip Zone Map. 

 

For a complete list of resources, including newly updated evacuation maps and links to Federal, State, and local emergency resources, visit our website 

Commercial Food Waste Collection Workshop
Food waste is one of the largest components of the waste stream in the United States. It is estimated that less than five percent of all food waste that can be diverted from landfills is actually being diverted. For this reason, H-GAC conducted a study to see how commercial food waste diversion could be increased using a collaborative approach with the private sector. If you would like to come learn about food waste and the results of the study, please join us at the upcoming Commercial Food Waste Collection Workshop. In addition to a presentation of the study's findings, we will have a "question and answer" session with a panel of compost processing companies, a panel of collection companies, and individual presentations by two food waste generators. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Conference Room B, 2nd floor
3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas 77027

There is no cost for this event.  Light breakfast, and lunch, will be provided to those that RSVP by July 2, 2015.

Please RSVP to swinformation@h-gac.com.

For more information please contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525 or erin.livingston@h-gac.com.

Regional Growth Forecast

2040 Regional Growth Forecast H-GAC will release its 2015 second quarter regional growth forecast estimates in mid-July. The 2015 Q2 release will include data on population and jobs down to the Transportation Analysis Zone (TAZ) and Census Tract level. The data will be available to download, as well as for display as maps and tables.

More information is available online.

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.   

Bringing Back Main Street Guidebook
H-GAC recently released
Bringing Back Main Street: A Guide to Downtown Revitalization for Local Governments.

 

This guide provides an overview of how communities can create vibrant downtowns, highlighting successful revitalization efforts implemented by small cities throughout Texas.This guidebook also identifies funding sources that can be used to support this vision.

 

The publication is available online HERE.
Report Examines Region's Water Quality
How's the Water? That question is asked and answered in the annual Basin Highlights Report published by H-GAC's Clean Rivers Program.

This year's report provides an overview of the current water quality and trends for the region's surface waters, as well as an in-depth look at five specific watersheds: Cedar Bayou Tidal, Bastrop Bayou, West Fork San Jacinto River, East Fork San Jacinto River, and White Oak Bayou.

 

The publication is available online HERE

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 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (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

 
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. 

 

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.

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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.
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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