About Us

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is a regional organization in Texas, United States, that serves as a voluntary association of local governments. It was established in 1966 to address issues and challenges that are common to the local governments in the Houston-Galveston region. The council operates as a forum for collaboration and coordination among its member governments.

The primary goal of the Houston-Galveston Area Council is to promote regional cooperation and planning in areas such as transportation, air quality, economic development, workforce development, emergency preparedness, and environmental planning. By fostering collaboration among local governments, the H-GAC aims to address regional challenges more effectively and efficiently.

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Programs & Services

Community Planning and Support Services

Ensuring the well-being of our residents and enhancing people’s everyday lives by improving quality of life.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for encounters with weather and natural disasters by collaborating with state and local emergency planning agencies and providing support technical assistance and funding support.

Economic Development and Employment

Providing small business funding that leads to job creation, coordinating economic development efforts and resources, and supporting employers and employees with the resources they need.

Public Safety

Partnering with our local law enforcement and community agencies to coordinate programs that improve the safety of our communities.

Regional Data, Imagery and Research

Providing data, conducting research, and offering data analyses to local governments, community organizations, educational institutions, and businesses to enhance their decision-making processes within our region.