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2013 Texas Unites Conference

For conference presentations, award recipients and evaluation survey, check out our Citizen Corps Conference page.

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
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:

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! 

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

June 19-20, 2014
TARC Board of Directors
Austin Airport Hilton Hotel
Austin, TX

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September 24-26, 2014
TARC Biannual Staff
Training & Annual Board of
Directors Meeting
Austin Airport Hilton Hotel
Austin, TX

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