Dickinson City Councilman Kerry Neves To Be Sworn In as Chair of H-GAC Board of Directors
Dickinson City Councilman Kerry Neves will be sworn in as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), a council of government formed under State law, on January 15, 2010. The oath to Mr. Neves and other incoming officers will be administered at the H-GAC Annual General Assembly Meeting by the key note speaker, State Representative Craig Eiland of Galveston.
H-GAC is one of 24 councils of government which cover the State of Texas. H-GAC is a 13 county region, the largest in the State. It covers 12,500 square miles and a population of approximately 6.2 million residents. Members are the 13 counties, 107 cities and 13 independent school districts. The Board of Directors is composed of 35 representatives from those governmental entities.
Mr. Neves has served on the Dickinson City Council since 1998, and is currently in his fourth term. He will be seeking reelection to that position in May of this year.
Mr. Neves has served since 2003 as one of two members of the H-GAC Board representing the 30 home rule cities in the region with populations of less than 25,000. He previously has served as Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the Board, and before that as Chair of the Projects Review Committee.
H-GAC serves as a means to promote the orderly development of the region. It assists in planning through region wide efforts, such as in transportation and air and water quality, and in specific areas, such as workforce development and criminal justice and aging needs. It also supports other programs contributing to the region’s quality of life and economic development.
The 2010 budget for H-GAC is $344 million. In addition, H-GAC has been charged by the State of Texas to develop methods of distribution for $814 million in Hurricane Ike Recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Round 1 funding and $844 million in CDBG Round 2 funding. Those funds are to be used for housing, non-housing and economic development needs and projects within the region, and are to be administered by H-GAC.
“I am proud of the opportunity to serve the Citizens of Dickinson and Galveston County, as well as the remainder of the region,” Mr. Neves said. “It is a timely coincidence that a resident of Galveston County has been elected to this position, with so much recovery work still needed in the coastal counties. I hope to use my position as Chair at H-GAC to ease the burden on Galveston County, as well as the other severely impacted counties. I will do everything I can do to push these recovery funds out as quickly as possible, and to get them to the elected officials at the local level, who know where their needs are.”
Mr. Neves will serve as Chair of the Board for the year of 2010, and plans to continue to serve on the Board representing the small home rule cities. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Regional Councils.