Houston Stronger Conference 2
Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey, we held our second Houston Stronger Conference on August 2nd at Houston Community College’s West Loop Campus.
At the event, our public officials updated us on what has been done and what is planned to improve the area’s resiliency. The program included:
- A panel discussion with Chief Recovery Officer Marvin Odum, Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe, and Deputy Chief Project Management at USACE Galveston District Sharon Tirpak.
- Remarks by U.S. Representative John Culberson, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (invited) and Constable Al Rosen.
- Speech by Harris County Judge Emmett
The program was moderated by Shara Fryer, 740AM KTRH.
The May 31st Event Featured:
Melanie Lawson from ABC 13, as Master of Ceremony
An Expert Panel of:
City of Houston Chief Recovery Officer Marvin Odum & Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe
Constable Phil Sandlin
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
Why a Bond Election?
At a March 27th Harris County Commissioner’s Court meeting, County Judge Emmett and County Commissioners considered calling an election for voter approval on bond funding that would provide the required local match for much-needed flood control projects. Houston Stronger estimates that Harris County is likely to need approval for a bond of at least $2.5 billion to receive federal funds to support buyouts, channel improvements, and other resiliency projects to bring 100-year storm protection to the other 21 major watersheds in Harris County. Harris County Budget Officer Bill Jackson estimates that to pay for $2.5 billion in bonds, a tax increase of 5 cents per $100 value is required.
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