H-GAC Regional Focus

April 2016
In This Issue
2016 Hurricane Evacuation Maps
2016 Regional Salary & Benefits Survey
H-GAC to Release 2016 Annual Regional Growth Forecast
May is National Bike Month
Big Changes at FEMA is Topic for Storm Debris Workshop
Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant Deadline
Results Are In for Trash Bash®
H-GAC Annual Brochure
H-GAC Mobility Report 2015
Transportation Suggestion Box
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.
 
Unless otherwise listed, meetings are held on the second floor at H-GAC's office, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027
 
 
2016 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 2016 Hurricane Zip Zone Map. 

To view the 2016 Hurricane Evacuation Map click
HERETo learn more about the Hurricane Evacuation Planning click HERE.
2016 Regional Salary & Benefits Survey
H-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 and Benefits Survey.

To begin click HERE

Deadline for survey submissions is Monday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m.

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

H-GAC to Release 2016 Annual Regional Growth Forecast
GIS GlobesH-GAC will release its 2016 annual regional growth forecast estimates on May 5. The current 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 HERE.

May is National Bike Month
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 12, 2016.

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.
Big Changes at FEMA is Topic for Storm Debris Workshop
A portion of roof is removed with a claw during demolition of a home swept from its foundation into a marsh in Union Beach. The project falls under FEMA's Public Assistance Waterways Debris Removal Program. Photo by Sharon Karr-FEMA
H-GAC's series of debris management workshops concludes Tuesday, May 10, with Big Changes at FEMA. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. 

Each year there are new FEMA policies to provide updates on, but 2016 brings some especially significant changes to the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program.

Discussion points for this workshop include:
  • New PA unified guidance presented in the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide
  • Procurement changes with the implementation of 2 CFR 200
  • Public Assistance re-engineering on the horizon
Refreshments for this workshop are sponsored by Ceres Environmental Services, Inc.
 
There is no cost for this event, but space is limited and registration is required. Register to attend this event in person by contacting Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525. To attend via webinar, register online

Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant Deadline 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires local governments have Hazard Mitigation Plans to be eligible for some FEMA funding. The Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, covering Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Montgomery, Walker, and Waller counties and 69 municipalities within those counties, will expire October 17, 2017.

The Texas Department of Emergency Management is accepting grant applications for funding to help prepare Hazard Mitigation Plan updates. Counties and other jurisdictions, as well H-GAC, may apply for this funding. Multi-county plans are permitted; however, FEMA now limits these to a maximum of four counties.

Grant amounts are $60,000 per plans, with an additional $6,000 per participating jurisdiction. A 25% match is required. The deadline for applying for this grant is Friday, May 13. Apply HERE.

If you are interested in participating with H-GAC in an application for funding to create or update the plan for your county, or if you have any questions, contact Joshua Owens at 832-681-2613.

Results Are In for Trash Bash® 
Official Trash Bash Logo
The 23rd annual River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash®, held on Saturday, March 28,
was a great success.

More than 4,500 volunteers came out to clean up trash and debris and learn how to protect their local waterways throughout the year. Trash Bash® participants collected 54 tons of trash along 177 miles of shoreline at 15 different cleanup sites. Volunteers also collected 518 tires and recycled more than 2,800 pounds of material. Educational displays and activities were provided at each site and continue to be an important part of the event each year.

Trash Bash® would like to acknowledge the volunteers and sponsors who make the event possible. The next Trash Bash® will be 
Saturday, March 25, 2017.
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 2016 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.
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.


HGALDC
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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