H-GAC Regional Focus
Dear Rick Guerrero, 
August 2016
In This Issue
Regional DWI Task Force - Labor Day
Announcing the Our Great Region Awards
Parks and Natural Areas Awards
Regional Recycling Roundtable - September 8
Sustainable Transportation Workshop - September 30
Trash Bash® T-Shirt Competition
Careers at H-GAC
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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


Regional DWI Task Force - Labor Day
The Houston-Galveston Area Council, through the assistance of 16 regional law enforcement agencies, is conducting Regional DWI Task Force operations throughout Labor Day to cut down on driving while intoxicated (DWI). 

The Task Force, which is funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), provides overtime funds for agencies to enhance DWI enforcement during holiday weekends when there have traditionally been more alcohol-related traffic incidents. The Task Force has made 761 DWI arrests since it's inception in 2013.
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.

Award application will open in early September. For more information on the Our Great Region awards, including the application guide, please go to the award website.
Parks and Natural Areas Awards
Herman Little Park The Parks and Natural Areas (PNS) Awards will be accepting applications until Wednesday, September 7, 2016. PNA Awards highlight best practices and innovative approaches to parks planning and implementation in the 13-county H-GAC region.

H-GAC PNA Awards honor projects in four categories
  • Projects $500,000 or more
  • Projects under $500,000
  • Planning Process
  • Policy Tools
Winning entries demonstrate best practices and collaboration between developers, local governments, engineering and planning agencies, businesses, resources, environmental groups, and citizens. Entries are evaluated on innovation, merit, and regional impact. These projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region.

Winners will be notified in November, and the awards ceremony will be in January 2017. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo at 832-681-2507.
Regional Recycling Roundtable - September 8
Recycling Bin The next Regional Recycling Roundtable will be Thursday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor.

Learn about the circular economy and how companies like Dow Chemical and Hewlett-Packard (tentative) are incorporating recycling and circular economy objectives into their operations.

H-GAC hosts quarterly Regional Recycling Roundtables to promote recycling and waste reduction and provide a forum for discussion about recycling issues within the region. To RSVP or to be notified about upcoming meetings, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.
Sustainable Transportation Workshop - September 30
The Houston-Galveston Area Council will host Creating Walkable Places - A Sustainable Transportation Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friday, September 30, in the H-GAC Conference Rooms B and C, Second Floor.

The workshop will offer information on pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and an interactive, live demonstration of H-GAC's new Pedestrian Evaluation Tool.

Click HERE to register. For more information on the workshop visit our website or contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.
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. 
Careers at H-GAC
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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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