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. 

 Follow this link to view our Live Video of the event.

  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

Local Hero:

Constable Phil Sandlin

Featured Speaker:

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

Why a Bond Election?

Congress has allocated more than $141 billion to help Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and 20 other states address emergency response and resiliency expenses from storms in 2017. In order to be eligible to receive these dollars, local governments are required to provide matching funds.


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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If Harris County voters approve this bond, a homeowner with a $100,000 house would pay $50 dollars for flood control each year.  A homeowner would pay $100 each year for a $200,000 house and $150 dollars for a $300,000 home and so on. If we act quickly, for every dollar Harris County provides, the federal government can provide between two and ten dollars in funding. John Moody

Chairman, The West Houston Association

Contributing Companies

Sims Bayou was the only major channel that did not overtop its banks during Hurricane Harvey because of recent improvements. This $390 million investment enabled Sims to handle a 100-year storm event, and the Harris County Flood Control District concluded that the enhancements paid for themselves in Harvey alone Karen Becerra

President, The Houston Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors