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Disaster debris workshop empowers governments with pre-planning

Monday, August 13, 2018

CAPCOG will host a workshop on Planning for Disaster Debris Management from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 to help prepare communities for mitigating trash and rubble caused by natural and man-made incidents. The workshop will be at CAPCOG’s offices, 6800 Burleson Building 310, Suite 165, in Austin.

“Local governments that have pre-approved disaster debris management plans by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and FEMA can initiate response and mitigation activities immediately knowing that they will be eligible for reimbursement and sometimes receive greater re-imbursement rates than those without,” said Ken May, CAPCOG regional program coordinator.

Attendees will learn debris management components and best practices by using existing plan examples and case studies giving them the materials and skills needed to effectively and efficiently plan for debris management. Proper pre-planning for disaster debris protects critical infrastructure, minimizes health and safety risks, and assists with efficiently restoring a community to its pre-disaster state. While designed for emergency managers, this workshop benefits a variety of groups to include law enforcement personnel, government administrators, city planners, firefighters, hazardous materials teams, public works personnel, and community and residential volunteers

> Register for the workshop at preparingtexas.org.
> Contact May for assistance in developing a disaster debris management plan.

AAACAP enlightens professional care managers

Thursday, August 09, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, a division of CAPCOG, is conducting a seminar for professional care managers and counselors so they can promote more positive caregiving support interventions throughout the region. The three-hour seminar starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 in Room 1.108 at the JJ Pickle Research Center, 10100 Burnet Road in Austin.

Two national speakers — Clinical psychologists, Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and Dr. Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D., — will discuss with social workers and care managers how the long-term care they provide affects the lives of care receivers and their family caregivers. Jacobs presents regularly on caregiving for family caregivers, community groups, and medical and mental health professionals, and he is the national spokesperson on caregiving for the American Heart Association. Mayer specializes in women’s issues, including caregiving. Both are published on caregiving topics.

> Register for the seminar.
> Learn more about AAACAP.

Social Work CEUs will be offered.

CAPCOG hosts Connected Nation to discuss rural broadband issues

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Connected Nation, a nationwide nonprofit that helps expand broadband Internet, will bring together state and federal agencies with local leaders to discuss issues related to broadband infrastructure development and broadband adoption rates in rural communities. CAPCOG will host Connected Nation to conduct the meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at its offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 Suite 165 in Austin.

Access to the Internet via broadband services can be a major economic driver for rural communities, and there are multiple grants available to assist communities in developing the infrastructure to support the service; however, these resources often go untapped, said Tom Stephenson with Connected Nation. This meeting and several others being conducted around the state are to help garner feedback about access to such programs and how to get people and businesses better connected to the Internet. The feedback will be used to help foundations better target their programs.

Attending the meeting will be representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and Central Texas Library Systems. Local elected officials from every jurisdiction who are interested in the topic are welcome to attend.

> Learn about Connected Nation.
> Read about the CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Division.

Symposium shares emergency planning best practices for schools

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The development of a school safety protocol and how its work with schools for planning, education, collaboration, communication and operational exercises was outlined by Hays County Emergency Services Director Kharley Smith at CAPCOG’s School Safety Symposium. CAPCOG also demonstrated its use-of-force simulator to school district attendees which uses mock scenarios to train officers for responding to threats inside schools.

To develop its School Safety Protocol, Hays County Emergency Management, the Sherriff’s Office, San Marcos Police Department, and San Marcos Fire Marshall’s Office collaborated with each school district in the county and launched the protocol at every campus. “It really doesn’t have to be complicated,” Smith said noting the county’s protocol briefly outlines actions for faculty, staff and students to take during all emergencies. “You have four directives that would apply to all hazards.”

The event brought together public safety agencies and school districts representatives to discuss emergency planning for school campuses by featuring Hays County’s county-wide School Safety Protocol program recently recognized by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Hays County conducts an emergency drill at every school once a year. “We drill, we practice for muscle memory,” Smith said. During the drills, students, faculty and staff practice the protocols either a lockdown or lockout drill while public safety teams practice responding as if the incident was real. Training in tandem prepares everyone involved to know what to expect from one another during emergencies. It also builds a relationship between the first responders, students and school district personnel, Smith said. As part of the drill, emergency personnel and school district staff discuss the operation before and after the exercise to learn from each drill.

Hays County also conducts an educational campaign once a year at every campus, where they show videos and hold a general assembly for older students while teachers present the information to younger students — first through third graders. “Every year, every year, we are teaching this to the students and the first responders,” Smith said. “So the faculty, staff, and students all learn the same thing. We have trained over 300,000 people in Hays County since the program began… we have trained so much that the procedures have become common language.”

Lt. David Burns with the Hays County Sherriff’s Office also discussed the Avoid, Deny and Defend strategy or ADD, which teaches people to first attempt to avoid a shooter or threat, then attempt to deny an assailant entry into their location, and defend themselves as a last resort. The strategy is taught through Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center’s Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event Program.

> View the Hays County Emergency Services School Safety Protocol presentation.

CAPCOG aging resources make more direct connections

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) entered into an agreement with the Texas Housing Foundation (THF) to use satellite office space at several community resource centers around the region to give seniors more access to its services. AAACAP staff will visit centers located at THF properties in Liberty Hill, Llano and Marble Falls once a month to help streamline access to community-based services by providing increased opportunities for face-to-face client assessments, educational presentations, and meetings with local service providers.

AAACAP care coordinators, benefits counselors, and medication screening support staff will use the office space to meet with older adults and family caregivers seeking information, referral and assistance. Being directly in the community enhances AAACAP’s ability to provide timely connections to in-home support services, application assistance, public benefits guidance and medication management information. With the promise of streamlined access available through a satellite model, AAACAP continues to search for expanding office-hour opportunities at other local locations across the ten-county CAPCOG region. AAACAP is a division of CAPCOG.

> Learn more about its services.

RETF to train special enforcement, deterrent methods

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) and CAPCOG will host two courses on how to recognize and enforce environmental crimes. The courses being provided for sanitarians, code enforcement officers, and peace officers will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road, Building A in Austin.

“This region is growing very fast, and that makes environmental crimes a big problem with the potential of occurring in every neighborhood and every area,” said Dennis Rudder, Sgt. Investigator for the Travis County Attorney’s Office and RETF president. “These courses bring environmental law to the forefront, and teach officers how to practically use the health and safety code and water code to investigate and prosecute crimes based on the experiences of the RETF.”

Both courses will cover subjects including public nuisance, solid waste violations, illegal dumping, illegal outdoor burning, and water pollution. The first course teaches a basic understanding of the topics, while the second teaches an advanced level. The latter also will cover household hazardous waste violations and the identification of hazardous chemicals. Each biennium the training is updated to reflect recent legislative changes. CAPCOG and the RETF have offered this training throughout the state since 2007 and taught more than 600 people. Peace officers, code enforcement officers and sanitarians can receive six training hours of continuing education for taking each course. The basic course also offers four continuing education units to on-site sewage facility workers.

> Attend the basic course.
> Attend the intermediate course.
> Learn more about the RETF.

ARDC to strengthen long-term care, support connections

Thursday, July 19, 2018

CAPCOG and its Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area will hold a second annual Advocacy Day & Resource Fair to support the ADRC Steering Committee partners from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Common’s Learning Center, JJ Pickle Research Center, 10100 Burnet Road in Austin. Advocacy Day is a combined training, meeting, and partner recognition event that works to build the capacity of the long-term care and support network for services to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Event speakers will discuss Advocacy Day’s theme, “Compassion Fatigue, Help for the Helper”, and attending organizations will have time to network. “Advocacy Day is a forum where we can share information about our resources for individuals and receive a better understanding what connections to make for the individual so their needs are best met,” said Vivian Harris, CAPCOG ADRC Coordinator and Lead Navigator.

ADRC steering committee member organizations — nonprofits, government services organizations and community stakeholders — are invited to participate.

> Register to attend.
> Learn more about the ADRC.

Mexico delegation learns about law enforcement training at CAPCOG

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) and Emergency Communications divisions hosted a delegation of 13 peace officer professionals from Mexico in April, as part of a weeklong tour of Central Texas law enforcement agencies for the Police Professionalization Exchange Program conducted by Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, so they could learn about training and operational best practices.

Randy Holmes, RLEA director, discussed the rigorous training cadets go through during CAPCOG’s Basic Peace Officer Course and how the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and local jurisdictions determine the educational standards and courses taught by CAPCOG. Holmes explained peace officers’ need for continuing education and that CAPCOG serves as a regional resource to lower training costs for individual jurisdictions to receive such career development.

Peter Behnke, Emergency Communications assistant director, and Kelsey Dean, public safety answering point specialist, lead discussions on training and the operations behind emergency telecommunicators answering 9-1-1 calls. The delegation was particularly interested in how emergency telecommunicators receive their own specialized training and are directly integrated into the public safety field as a valuable member of the response team and as the first, first responder. The delegation also toured the RLEA and Emergency Communication’s training rooms and sat in an academy course.

With operational best practices as a goal, the delegation also spent time with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, UT System Police Department, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

> Learn more about RLEA.
> Find a RLEA training course for you.
> Learn more about Emergency Communications.
> Find an emergency telecommunicator course for you.

CAPCOG uses EDA funding for new disaster recovery, resiliency projects

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

CAPCOG is taking on two projects; one that will support the region’s over-all disaster resiliency, and one that will help stimulate economic activity for jurisdictions within the Hurricane Harvey FEMA disaster declaration.

Using U.S. Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant funds, CAPCOG will work with jurisdictions in Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee and Fayette counties to identify economic development opportunities that either aid in their economic recovery from the effects of Hurricane Harvey or improve their economic resiliency. CAPCOG will help navigate such economic projects from ideas to fruition by connecting them with the appropriate funding mechanism. EDA, whose regional office is in Austin, has been awarded a large amount of supplemental disaster recovery funding to be allocated in Harvey-affected areas. 

Within the same EDA grant, CAPCOG will launch a regional GIS portal allowing emergency response personnel to access regional data sets in a live and secure environment. The portal will allow for jurisdictions to share mapping data as quickly as it is developed, making it easier to respond and recover from disasters that cross jurisdictional boundaries. The project will enhance the capabilities of WebEOC, a virtual tool used by emergency personnel to share incident information across jurisdictions and track the allocation of local resources, by providing more robust mapping data to the communication tool.

> Read about the CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Division.

Homeland Security, RLEA offer School Safety Symposium

Monday, June 25, 2018

The CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Division and Regional Law Enforcement Academy are planning a symposium on response techniques and preparedness for school shooting incidents from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 30 at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 155 in Austin. The symposium will provide information to leaders from school districts, police departments, emergency management teams, and emergency medical services about recognized best-practices used statewide to mitigate school shootings as well as allow participants to experience an active shooter in a school environment with CAPCOG’s use-of-force simulator.

Hays County Director of Emergency Services, Kharley Smith, will speak about their county’s school safety protocol program, a program that was recognized by Governor Greg Abbott during his efforts to look at solutions following the Santa Fe High School shooting. The county’s program provides instruction and training to every school district and law enforcement agency in the county on any type of dangerous or potentially dangerous situation as well as conducts response drills annually at every campus. A Citizen’s Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) trainer, David Burns with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, will discuss strategies and guidance for individuals surviving an active shooter event and how local jurisdictions can educate their communities on using these strategies. CRASE was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University. 

A draft agenda will be posted at capcog.org by July 13.

> Register for School Safety Symposium.
> Sign-up to take part in a use-of-force simulator demonstration.

Commute Solutions grows with CAMPO aid, helps seniors and workforce development

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) included in its 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) $250,000 to support CAPCOG’s Commute Solutions program that will help expand efforts for reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips, connecting seniors to transportation options and allowing others to reach workforce development opportunities throughout the region in FY 2019. The funds will be Category 7, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) category funding.

“Regional TDM programs like CAPCOG’s Commute Solutions program have an important role to play in improving transportation and quality of life in the region,” said Andrew Hoekzema, CAPCOG Regional Services director. “We look forward to being able to use these funds to enhance our ability to deliver results for the region’s residents.” CAMPO’s approval of federal funding will bring the program in line with similar programs in other large Texas metros. The funding will help enhance project coordination with regional transit partners to increase Commute Solutions participation and further planning and implementation of TDM initiatives

> Get more details about Commute Solutions.
> Participate in Commute Solutions.

EMCs, fire officials promote WarnCentralTexas.org as part of wildfire safety

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The national “Ready, Set, Go!” program tells residents to reduce wildfire risk by taking earlier actions, such as clearing brush from around homes and packing evacuation “go kits” which contain items such as important documents, medications and food. It also states residents should remain aware of wildfire news and information. “In Central Texas, residents can receive immediate emergency information directly from emergency responders by registering for alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org,” said Williamson County Emergency Management Director Jarred Thomas. “These warnings often provide incident information and instructions such as when it’s time to ‘Go!’, or evacuate your home.”

Thomas was one of several fire and emergency management officials from the CAPCOG ten-county region who recently encouraged residents to prepare for the 2018 wildfire season during a press conference in May. The officials promoted two national preparedness programs and stated each can be enhanced by the regional Warn Central Texas program.

Austin Fire Department’s Lt. Steve Gibbon said 449 wildfires already have occurred in the Austin area in 2018 and as development continues throughout the region it is important to promote the Firewise USA program which teaches communities to work together to reduce wildfire risks. “All of our residents should adopt the Firewise USA practices,” Gibbon said.  “In this region’s case, that also includes telling your neighbors to sign up for local warnings through WarnCentralTexas.org.” The WarnCentralTexas.org alert system is provided by CAPCOG and serves the ten-county region.

> Learn about Ready, Set, Go!
> Learn more about Firewise USA.
> Read about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

Workshop shares household hazardous waste collection tips

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Household hazardous waste (HHW) management experts will share best practices for conducting community collection events during a free CAPCOG workshop scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, June 29. The workshop will be at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 301, Suite 165 in Austin.

“From underestimating turnout to failing to correctly track and report materials collected, jurisdictions can make mistakes when conducting HHW events,” said Ken May, CAPCOG regional programs coordinator. “This workshop will help them maximize their collections, follow regulations, and save money on the disposal of materials by providing invaluable knowledge from industry leaders.”

Workshop attendees also will learn about coordinating their event with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, how to plan the logistics of collection events, and best-practices for local governments’ contracting of HHW events.

> Register to attend.
> Learn about CAPCOG's Solid Waste Program.

Public hearings, input to shape Harvey recovery funding

Monday, June 11, 2018

CAPCOG is drafting a Method of Distribution (MOD) for the 2017 Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocations totaling $17,234,948 for the four disaster identified counties — Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, and Fayette. It is seeking public input from elected officials and residents to better ensure the MOD reflects the communities’ needs and desires for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Local Infrastructure and Local Buyout and Acquisition program allocations.

> Read the draft MOD.

The first of two public hearings about the MOD was conducted on May 30 in Bastrop. The second hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 and will seek input about a draft version of the MOD. It will take place in the Bastrop County Annex’s County Commissioners Courtroom on the 2nd floor, 804 Pecan Street in Bastrop. The draft MOD will be available on capcog.org and at the CAPCOG offices by June 13. CAPCOG will accept written comments about the MOD through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Comments can be submitted by email to khadnot@capcog.org or through mail addressed as Attn: CAPCOG Hurricane Harvey CDBG-DR Comments, CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 Suite 165, Austin, Texas 78744.

> Submit comment.
> Learn about CAPCOG's Homeland Security Division.

CAPCOG to hold local government flood grant strategy meeting

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Floods have impacted the CAPCOG region in recent years causing extensive damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, and disrupting the lives Central Texans. Hurricane Harvey caused serious flooding in four counties in the CAPCOG region and caused as much as $125 billion in damages across the state. Current grant opportunities from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) could help local jurisdictions in the region enhance their ability to reduce flooding risks by developing more accurate, comprehensive, and quantitative risk assessments, analyzing issues such as building damage, economic impact, debris generation and shelter requirements for potential flood scenarios, and develop plans for mitigating risks.

CAPCOG is inviting local floodplain administrators to coordinate a regional strategy for pursuing these grant opportunities at a 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 15 meeting. TWDB’s Flood Protection Grant applications are due on July 11, and letters of intent for TDEM’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program are due June 30.

> Contact Craig Eissler, CAPCOG GIS program manage,r for more information.

TCEQ seeks funding natural gas vehicles in seven CAPCOG counties

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has made available $15.5 million in grant funds for those seeking to repower heavy- or medium-duty vehicles to use natural gas or for those looking to replace heavy- or medium-duty with natural gas vehicles. Applicants must operate mostly in the Texas Clean Transportation Zone, which includes seven CAPCOG counties — Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson.

The Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program encourages entities to replace existing diesel or gasoline vehicles with natural gas vehicles or to repower their engines with natural gas engines. Eligible applicants are those that own, lease, or commercially finance a heavy-duty or medium-duty vehicle that is operated in Texas. Applicants can be individuals, corporations, organizations, governments or governmental subdivisions or agencies, school districts, business trusts, partnerships, associations, or any other legal entity.

TCEQ plans to close the application process on May 31, 2019.

> Learn more about the grant program.
> Learn how to apply for the grant program.
> Read about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

Community organizations train for being veteran mentors

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area, a CAPCOG program, held a full-day training in April for community service organizations to learn how to better support veterans and their families that seek assistance. The ADRC will bring the Military Veterans Peer Network back to CAPCOG in the fall to teach a second course because of its popularity.

“The unserved veteran’s population is growing in the Capital Area, as many veterans do not self-identify,” said Vivian Harris, ADRC coordinator. “The role of the Peer Network is to locate such veterans and encourage them to seek the benefits and services they need and are not currently receiving. Many veterans are unaware they are eligible for such support services.”

As a primary connection between older adults and the disabled and the organizations providing services, the ADRC wants to ensure it and these service organizations are reaching and addressing veterans’ needs properly. The course introduced its attendees to military cultural competency, common non-visible injuries and disabling conditions, treatment options, and the many resources available to veterans. It also focused on how to communicate with veterans and serve as an effective mentor to them. “Knowing these topics and communication principles can make all the difference in someone receiving the appropriate support services and as the ADRC we want connect everyone to the best, most fitting service needed,” Harris said.

> Learn about the ADRC.
> Learn about The Veterans Peer Network.
 

TCEQ accepting emissions reduction grant applications

Friday, May 18, 2018
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Program is accepting grant applications for the upgrade or replacement of older heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, and stationary equipment.

Applications for the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2018. Previous ERIG or Rebate grant applications will not be accepted. Individuals and organizations, private and government, from 42 counties can apply for the grant to include five counties in the CAPCOG ten-county region – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.

The goal of the ERIG program is to provide grant funding opportunities to offset the cost of projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from high-emitting mobile diesel sources.

> Apply for the grant.
> Read more about the grant.
> Learn about TERP.

In conjunction with opening the ERIG grant process, the TCEQ has scheduled application workshops to provide an overview of the application process. The program has several new changes, so the TCEQ is encouraging prospective applicants to attend a workshop. All workshops are free and no registration is required. The Austin workshop will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at the TCEQ Austin Office, Building F, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin.

> Locate other workshops.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG prioritizes criminal justice grants

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The CAPCOG Executive Committee in April approved the prioritization of 48 grant projects seeking funding from four Office of the Governor (OOG) Criminal Justice Division (CJD) programs. The OOG will use CAPCOG’s prioritized recommendations to help determine 2019 grant awardees; the OOG anticipates announcing recipients starting in late August.

About $8.5 million has been allocated for agencies in the ten-county region across the four programs — the General Victim Assistance Program, the Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program, and the Justice Assistance Grant. CAPCOG worked to maximize potential awards throughout the region by encouraging applications from organizations that have never applied for CJD funding or have not applied recently. This resulted in the total funding requests in each grant category except for Violence Against Women Justice and Training Programs to exceed regional allocations. “Being oversubscribed in these grant areas can benefit the region,” said Chris Schreck, CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Director. “If another region doesn’t have enough projects to fulfill their allocations, the Office of the Governor can reallocate those funds toward projects in our region.” In 2018, the CAPCOG area received $4.5 million in grants above the state’s initial $8.5 million regional allocation.

Criminal justice grants awarded by the CJD are done on an annual basis. The grant process for the next cycle will begin with Criminal Justice stakeholder meetings in October 2018 to develop regional priorities. “We are encouraging as many organizations as possible to be engaged in the planning process for these grants,” Schreck said. “We want the regional priorities, and ultimately the prioritization of applications, to reflect broad input from a diverse group of stakeholders.”

> To be informed about future Criminal Justice grant activities and opportunities, contact Matt Holderread.
> Read this year’s prioritized list.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Program.

General Land Office hosts Hurricane Harvey planning workshop at Brazos Valley COG

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Source: Brazos Valley COG

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (COG) will host the Texas General Land Office-State Action Plan Workshop for Hurricane Harvey funding to let local government officials, including those in the CAPCOG region’s impacted counties, to address the plan. The workshop will take place at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the Brazos Valley COG, Center for Regional Services, 3991 East 29th Street, Bryan, Texas 77802.

The plan will detail the proposed use of all funds, including criteria for eligibility, and how the use of these funds will address long-term recovery and restoration of infrastructure, housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas. The workshop will discuss the content and timeline of the plan as well as answer all questions about long-term recovery and Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding.

Hurricane Harvey impacted many local counties with heavy rain and flooding in August 2017 damaging and destroying many single- and multi-family residences along with key infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $5.024 billion in CDBG-DR funds to the state of Texas in response to this disaster.  

Local government officials from all the impacted areas are welcome and should attend the workshop. This includes county judges, commissioners, mayors, council members, emergency management coordinators, and council of governments staff involved in Hurricane Harvey recovery.

The impacted areas include:

  • Alamo Area COG - Comal, Guadalupe, and Karnes counties
  • Brazos Valley COG - Burleson, Grimes, Madison, and Washington counties
  • CAPCOG - Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, and Lee counties
  • Central Texas COG - Milam County

Please coordinate with your region on attendees. RSVP no later than noon, May 18, 2018 with Shannon Waddell at Shannon.waddell@bvcog.org or 979-595-2801 ext 2240. Attendance at this workshop is very important.

> Read the State Action Plan.
> Contact Roger Sheridan, BVCOG Public Safety Planning Manager, with questions.

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