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2015 Officers Elected at Annual TARC Meeting
TARC held its Annual Board Meeting in Austin on September 26, 2014. During the meeting, the Board of Directors elected and installed the 2015 TARC Executive Committee. Members of this committee are:
President – The Honorable Wes Suiter
County Judge, Angelina County
Deep East Texas Council of Governments
President-Elect – The Honorable Daniel Burkeen
County Judge, Limestone County
Heart of Texas Council of Governments
Vice President – The Honorable Thomas Cravey
County Judge, Camp County
East Texas Council of Governments
Immediate Past President – The Honorable Maurice Pitts
Commissioner, Lee County
Capital Area Council of Governments
Secretary – Mr. Walter Diggles
Deep East Texas Council of Governments
Executive Directors’ Council Chair – Mr. R. Michael Eastland
North Central Texas Council of Governments
Congratulations to our new officers! We 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:
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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.