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  Agenda Item # 18.       
Board of Directors Meeting
Meeting Date: 12/06/2017  
Title:    Grant Opportinities and Census Update
Presented by: Stella Garcia

Regional Services grant opportunities and census updates for local communities.
A.  FEMA & CDBG - Dr. Stella Garcia
B.  Census Update - Gloria Vasquez
Regional Services serves the members and citizens of the AACOG region to create a better economy, strong viable communities, and informed and trained public officials. We provide technical assistance and advocacy in various program areas, such as the comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS), census, and disaster recovery/relief.
FEMA/CDBG:  During the September 2017 AACOG Board of Directors meeting, Executive Director Diane Rath announced that Stella Garcia, Sr. Director of Operations, would be overseeing Disaster Recovery/Relief activities for AACOG.  The state of Texas in partnership with the federal government are piloting a new initiative in which federal disaster funds are routed to the General Land Office (GLO) who would then work through the regional councils of governments (facilitated by TARC) to facilitate the administration of federal disaster relief/recovery funds in the disaster declared counties.
Census: The Regional Services staff has been in communication with Census staff regarding not only ways to improve the participation in the upcoming 2020 census but also in preparing the region to ensure maximum participation by validating and updating the current census address data base in advance of the 2020 census through LUCA (local update of census address).
Staff encourages member governments to take advantage of these opportunities and is available to assist our members in doing so. Staff plan to visit all rural counties and provide a more in depth overview of these and other AACOG services, including community and economic development (i.e., EDA funds).

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