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2016 Officers Elected at Annual TARC Meeting 

At its Annual Meeting on October 2, 2015, TARC elected and installed its 2015-2016 officers. Those elected to the TARC Executive Committee are:

President – The Honorable Daniel Burkeen
County Judge, Limestone County
Heart of Texas Council of Governments

President Elect – The Honorable Thomas Cravey
County Judge, Camp County
East Texas Council of Governments

Vice President – The Honorable Jay Mayden
County Judge, Childress County
Panhandle Regional Planning Commission

Immediate Past President – The Honorable Wes Suiter
County Judge, Angelina County
Deep East Texas Council of Governments

Secretary & Executive Directors’ Council Chair – Mr. Russell Devorsky
Executive Director
Heart of Texas Council of Governments

Congratulations to our new officers! Thank you for your service. We look forward to working with you!

TARC Honors Four with Annual Awards

On October 2, 2015, TARC held its annual meeting in Austin. While there, TARC is pleased to have honored the following for their support of Texas’ councils of government and commitment to regionalism. On behalf of the regional councils across Texas, TARC would like to thank and congratulate all of our 2015 award recipients:

Al J. Notzon/Judge Jake Brisbin Jr. Regional Unity Award:
The Honorable Penny Redington, Executive Director, Texas Association of Regional Councils

Legislative Leadership Award:
The Honorable Eddie Lucio, Jr., Texas Senate, District 27 (Press Release)
The Honorable Joe Deshotel, Texas House of Representatives, District 22

State Agency Supporter:
Ms. Kelli Merriweather, Executive Director, Commission on State Emergency Communications

COG 50th Anniversary50th Anniversary Honored

In June, TARC was pleased to host a dinner honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Texas Regional Planning Act of 1965 and the creation of regionalism in Texas. Thank you to the friends, supporters and pioneers of Texas regionalism who were able to join us in celebrating this milestone. Click HERE to see photos from the event!

Thank you to all of those who joined us for the 2015 Aging in Texas Conference!

The Aging in Texas Conference (AiTC) is an annual gathering of individuals who work within the aging community. Designed for professionals from a range of community based settings, the AiTC promotes excellence in service delivery through the sharing of technical assistance, best practices and management tools with educational programming covering a variety of areas, this conference is beneficial to everyone involved with caring for Texas seniors- from administrators to service providers.

Power Point presentations from the 2015 Aging in Texas Conference have been posted. Presentations can be accessed by clicking the links in the schedule. Be sure to check back often! We will continue to add presentations as they are received.   

2015 AiTC Presentations

The Latest Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report Now Available!

TARC Leadership Update


Click HERE to read how regions are working to divert waste from Texas landfills.


TARC Leadership Update

TARC Leadership Update


Read the latest edition of the TARC Leadership Update.

Do you have something you would like to see highlighted in the next issue? Send it to tarc@txregionalcouncil.org.

Texas Programs Receive National FEMA Awards

Linda Haynie Joe McKenna
Boyce Wilson Ginny Lewis

Texas Citizen Corps programs were recipients of multiple annual awards given out by FEMA for their efforts to prepare their communities for disasters and assist in the response and recovery from catastrophic events. As a state, Texas programs received more awards than any other state in the nation. A representative from each organization was invited to attend a presentation on September 23 at The White House in Washington, D.C. to receive the award on the group’s behalf.

The Texas Association of Regional Councils would like to extend our sincere congratulations and appreciation to these programs and all of their volunteers for everything they do to keep Texas prepared and ready to assist their communities and first responders should an incident occur.

Texas’ 2012 & 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Recipients:

Heart of Texas Citizen Corps - 2013 Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Initiatives

City of Austin CERT - 2013 Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives

Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University -
2013 Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness

Texas Citizen Corps- 2012 Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives

For more information on these outstanding Citizen Corps programs, please visit:

Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report Now Available! 

Impacts & Results

Click here to access the information about ways regions are diverting waste from landfills.

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Texas Citizen Corps Receives National Award

TARC’s Citizen Corps Program has been recognized by FEMA’s 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards for Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives. These Awards recognize the innovative practices and achievements of individuals, Citizen Corps Councils, and non-profit, faith-based, and private sector organization working throughout the nation to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any disaster or emergency event.

Each applicant demonstrated their ability to engage the Whole Community through partnerships, achievements, and activities that took place from January 2011 to June 2012. Among other activities, the Texas State Citizen Corps Program trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers who were integrated into the response to the Bastrop Complex Fire last fall and North Texas tornadoes earlier this year.

You can read more about this honor here.

Texas Association of Regional Councils
The Texas Association of Regional Councils is the state organization of Texas' 24 regional councils of governments. With 2000 plus local government members, the regional councils of governments join local governments, as well as state, federal, and private partners, to provide cost-effective, better planned, and more accountable public services in each region of Texas.

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On The Calendar

February 3-5, 2016
TARC Bi-Annual Staff Training & Board of Directors’ Meeting
Hilton Austin Airport
Austin, TX  

June 16-17, 2016
TARC Executive Directors’ Council & Board of Directors’ Meeting
Hilton Austin Airport
Austin, TX

September 21-23, 2016
TARC Bi-Annual Staff Training & Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting
Hilton Austin Airport
Austin, TX


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