H-GAC Regional Focus 
May 2015
In This Issue
Hurricane Evacuation Maps
H-GAC's Bike and Walk to Work Day
Report Examines Region's Water Quality
Trash Bash® Earns Award Recognition
Bringing Back Main Street Guidebook
Final Storm Debris Workshop in Series Set for June 23
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

 

Hurricane Season is here. Important changes have been made to the hurricane evacuation routes in the Houston-Galveston region. Starting this year, evacuation traffic travelling northbound on State Highway 6 (SH 6) from Galveston and Brazoria counties will be routed to State Highway 99 (SH 99; also known as the Grand Parkway) at US 59 in Sugar Land, Texas. 

The new route will be on the 2015 Hurricane Zip Zone Map, which is available on the H-GAC website at 

 

H-GAC's Bike and Walk to Work Day

May is National Bike Month.  Many employers throughout Houston hosted Bike to Work Day events. H-GAC hosted its own Bike and Walk to Work Day on Thursday, May 14. This annual event encourages staff members to participate and promote alternative modes of travel.  

 

Biking and walking are great ways to both travel and exercise. H-GAC's Regional Bikeway Viewer or the Regional Bikeway Map to chart routes are available to help you participate. 

 

For additional information about bicycle and pedestrian activities in our region, please contact Andrew Pompei 

at 832-681-2598.
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

Trash Bash® Earns Award Recognition

Official Trash Bash Logo The River, Lakes, Bays 'n Bayous Trash Bash®, an annual waterway clean-up event recently received two awards.

 
Trash Bash® is runner up in the Civic/Community category for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's 2015 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA). The TEEAs celebrate "the bold efforts of citizens, communities, business, and organizations to preserve and protect the Texas environment."


Trash Bash® also won third place in the 2015 US Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf Guardian Award. "The Gulf of Mexico Program Partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive."

 

This year's Trash Bash® event included more than 4,000 volunteers and 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. 


Want to be a part of Trash Bash®? For more information visit www.trashbash.org.  
Bringing Back Main Street Guidebook
H-GAC recently released
Bringing Back Main Street: A Guide to Downtown Revitalization for Local Governments.

 

Bringing Back Main Street

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.
Final Storm Debris Workshop in Series Set for June 23

Storm Debris

H-GAC's series of debris management workshops concludes Tuesday, June 23, with Advanced Technology in Disaster Debris Management from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.

 

This workshop will focus on the high tech equipment and resources available to help manage debris operations. Discussion points will include unmanned aerial surveillance, crowd sourcing, and reporting tools, just to name a few.

 

Refreshments for this workshop are sponsored by AshBritt.

 

There is no cost for this event, but space is limited and registration is required. Register to attend this event in person, or contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525. To attend via webinar, register online.

 

For more information about Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal visit the website.  

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.

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.
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.

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