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Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly
by Jim Guidry
Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Houston-Galveston Area Council held its 2015 General Assembly on Friday.

Executive Director Jack Steele reviewed the past year at H-GAC and a preview of 2015, calling 2014 a year of completion, preparation and innovation.  Listen (5:36)

“Under the leadership of our local elected official board, H-GAC provided services to address today’s challenges that we must deal with now; but also plans to ensure that our region is ready for the opportunities of tomorrow.”

Pasadena Council Member Darrell Morrison, the outgoing chair of the H-GAC, said he enjoyed his year. Listen (:29)

“It has been special to serve,” Morrison said, thanking his fellow board members and H-GAC staff.  “It’s been an honor for me to serve.”

Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald, who was elected chair of the H-GAC for 2015, at the meeting, thanked the past chairs of the organization as well as the staff.  Listen (6:04)

“I signed on some eight years ago to build a county,” Judge McDonald said, reviewing his career in politics.  “I ran for office for one reason. I had a son who was leaving for college and I had to figure out something that would entice him to come back home, his generation.  We’ve done that.”

Judge McDonald said over 200,000 jobs have been created in the county in the past eight years, thanking his fellow commissioners court members as well as the staff of Montgomery County.

“I look at the H-GAC as a clearing house for opportunity,” Judge McDonald said, expressing his eagerness to lead for the next year.“

The featured speaker at the general assembly was Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen. Listen (40:26)

“We made real strides on water last session,” Representative Bonnen said, thanking the elected officials for their support of the constitutional amendment creating the special water fund, as well Proposition 1 providing for transportation funding and legislation on work force development; and called for their continued support on educational issues.

Bonnen announced that he and other legislators will hold a news conference related to border security on Monday.

“Senfronia (Thompson) is going to be laying out her bill on Human Trafficking,” Bonnen said.  “I’m going to lay out my border security bill and then Oscar Longoria, who is from the Rio Grande Valley will be laying out his border prosecution strengthening bill.”

The Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly was at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Greenway Plaza.

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