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
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
50th 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!
Click HERE to read how regions are working to divert waste from Texas landfills.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.