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2013 Texas Unites Conference
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2014 Officers Elected at TARC Annual Meeting
The Texas Association of Regional Councils Annual Board Meeting was held in Austin on September 27, 2013. There, the Board of Directors elected the 2014 TARC Board of Directors Executive Committee. The committee members are:
President - The Honorable Maurice Pitts
Commissioner, Lee County
Capital Area Council of Governments
President-Elect - The Honorable Wes Suiter
County Judge, Angelina County
Deep East Texas Council of Governments
Vice President - The Honorable Daniel Burkeen
County Judge, Limestone County
Heart of Texas Council of Governments
Immediate Past President - The Honorable Ramsey Cantu
Mayor, City of Eagle Pass
Middle Rio Grande Development Council
Secretary - Mrs. Betty Voights
Executive Director, Capital Area Council of Governments
Executive Directors’ Council Chair - Mrs. Annette Gutierrez
Executive Director, Rio Grande Council of Governments
We extend our congratulations to these officers and look forward to a great year.
Texas Programs Receive National FEMA Awards
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:
To see these volunteers in action and learn from them first hand, sign up for the 4th Annual Texas Unites Conference in Galveston, TX, October 21-23, 2013. For information and to register, visit www.regonline.com/4thTexasUnites.
Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report Now Available!
Click here to access the information about ways regions are diverting waste from landfills.
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.