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News Release
Friday, November 17, 2017

EHCMA presents awards to Mitchell, Bechtel for work on regional flood protection

Hurricane Ike made landfall near the north end of Galveston Island very early on Sept. 13, 2008. It came ashore as an upper Category 2 storm. This “small” hurricane generated a 22-foot storm surge that devastated homes, businesses and industries along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast, causing $30 billion in property damages. A Category 4 or 5 hurricane could cause a storm surge in Galveston Bay that would create waves which would destroy almost everything in their path. According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 23 feet has the ability to inundate “57 percent of arterials, almost half of rail miles, 29 airports and virtually all ports in the Gulf Coast area.”

Since 2009, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership has worked with Texas A&M University at Galveston and many other committed stakeholders to support and promote the construction of a coastal spine system to protect the region’s human and economic assets. The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) is one of those stakeholders.

There are over 500 chemical plants in the Bay Area Houston region, many of which are located along the Houston Ship Channel. EHCMA is an organization that is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, security, environmental, and economic well-being of the petrochemical, refining, and manufacturing industry in East Harris County.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, during a meeting of the International Maritime Advisory Committee of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Craig Beskid, executive director of EHCMA, presented awards to BAHEP President Bob Mitchell and Mayor Michel Bechtel, City of Morgan’s Point, who have both worked tirelessly in support of a coastal spine system. The awards were presented “in recognition and appreciation of outstanding representation of the industry and the community for regional flood protection.”

CUTLINE: Shown left to right are Mayor Michel Bechtel, City of Morgan’s Point, Craig Beskid, executive director of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association, and Bob Mitchell, president, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

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