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Member in Motion – Robert Mitchell

Membership Monday

Member Spotlight

Featuring:  Robert Mitchell, HIIT Enterprises

This week our Membership Monday Member Spotlight is shining down on Robert Mitchell who has been a member of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for 5 years!

Tell us a little about you in 5 sentences or less. Where are you from? Are you a parent or maybe grandparent? What are your hobbies? Anything unique about your life that you want to share?

I was born in a small Northern California town and was raised working a cattle ranch and playing competitive sports. I joined the Air Force six days after High School and spent the next 22 years defending our country’s freedom. I am the proud father of two beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons. I have a lovely wife and soul mate named Kerri with whom I love spending time with either messing with the horses or hanging out with our six furry house babies.

What led you to join the Chamber?

I was viewing social media and saw a Ribbon Cutting that had been done and a group of men and women wearing white fishing shirts with the words Bay Blazer on them. I knew I wanted to be a Blazer and that’s what brought me in.

What experience have you had previous to joining the Chamber? How has the Chamber made a difference in your business journey?

Being a sub-contractor in the fitness industry, I don’t have business experiences in particular. Working for Rockport Fitness, I was able to get the owners more involved, even selling them on the idea of being our first ever Diamond Member Level Sponsor.

It’s clear your Chamber membership has worked for you. Why do you think your Chamber membership worked so well for you?

Mostly the Chamber has been an opportunity for me to be involved in the community I love learning in depth about Aransas County through Leadership Aransas County. It gives me a chance to help develop other informed leaders that truly care about our community.

Can you give some insight into how you incorporate Chamber activities into your busy schedule?

Being on multiple committees as well as the Board of Directors gives me a pretty intense challenge weekly with events and meetings, on many occasions, back to back. I truly love the challenge. It’s a way I can give back and make a difference.

Now that you’ve joined the Chamber, how has your business changed?

Being in the public eye is always a plus for any business. I meet people and the next thing you know they are at the gym and I’m instructing them in one of my two weekly (HIIT) High Intensity Interval Training classes. Again, being a sub-contractor it is difficult to meter as business is always up and down and annual. It’s easy to see how much better I’ve gotten at what I do though.

What were 3 major victories you experienced with the Chamber?

Becoming a full on Bay Blazer, Graduation from Leadership Aransas County and having a successful first LAC Attack Kayak fishing tournament! Now, on to making this coming 45th SeaFair the best ever. It’s exciting and challenging.

Has your membership in the Chamber improved other areas of your life? If so, explain what areas and how.

It has profoundly improved my decision making skills and the ease of which I adapt to a new idea, board or any challenge.

Are there any tips or advice you’d give to new members of the Chamber to help them succeed early on?

Even when you’re sleeping, the Chamber is working for you so don’t ever feel that it is a waste of time or money. Find your niche and stay plugged in. You’ll love every minute of it!

If someone is thinking about joining the Chamber, what would you tell them?

If you don’t have the time to put into the Chamber everything you want to put into it then assign it to one of your employees. Give them the time to put their full effort into the Chamber and you’ll easily see the Chamber putting 100% of their effort into you and your business.

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Member in Motion – Robert Mitchell

Membership Monday

Member Spotlight

Featuring:  Robert Mitchell, HIIT Enterprises

This week our Membership Monday Member Spotlight is shining down on Robert Mitchell who has been a member of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for 5 years!

Tell us a little about you in 5 sentences or less. Where are you from? Are you a parent or maybe grandparent? What are your hobbies? Anything unique about your life that you want to share?

I was born in a small Northern California town and was raised working a cattle ranch and playing competitive sports. I joined the Air Force six days after High School and spent the next 22 years defending our country’s freedom. I am the proud father of two beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons. I have a lovely wife and soul mate named Kerri with whom I love spending time with either messing with the horses or hanging out with our six furry house babies.

What led you to join the Chamber?

I was viewing social media and saw a Ribbon Cutting that had been done and a group of men and women wearing white fishing shirts with the words Bay Blazer on them. I knew I wanted to be a Blazer and that’s what brought me in.

What experience have you had previous to joining the Chamber? How has the Chamber made a difference in your business journey?

Being a sub-contractor in the fitness industry, I don’t have business experiences in particular. Working for Rockport Fitness, I was able to get the owners more involved, even selling them on the idea of being our first ever Diamond Member Level Sponsor.

It’s clear your Chamber membership has worked for you. Why do you think your Chamber membership worked so well for you?

Mostly the Chamber has been an opportunity for me to be involved in the community I love learning in depth about Aransas County through Leadership Aransas County. It gives me a chance to help develop other informed leaders that truly care about our community.

Can you give some insight into how you incorporate Chamber activities into your busy schedule?

Being on multiple committees as well as the Board of Directors gives me a pretty intense challenge weekly with events and meetings, on many occasions, back to back. I truly love the challenge. It’s a way I can give back and make a difference.

Now that you’ve joined the Chamber, how has your business changed?

Being in the public eye is always a plus for any business. I meet people and the next thing you know they are at the gym and I’m instructing them in one of my two weekly (HIIT) High Intensity Interval Training classes. Again, being a sub-contractor it is difficult to meter as business is always up and down and annual. It’s easy to see how much better I’ve gotten at what I do though.

What were 3 major victories you experienced with the Chamber?

Becoming a full on Bay Blazer, Graduation from Leadership Aransas County and having a successful first LAC Attack Kayak fishing tournament! Now, on to making this coming 45th SeaFair the best ever. It’s exciting and challenging.

Has your membership in the Chamber improved other areas of your life? If so, explain what areas and how.

It has profoundly improved my decision making skills and the ease of which I adapt to a new idea, board or any challenge.

Are there any tips or advice you’d give to new members of the Chamber to help them succeed early on?

Even when you’re sleeping, the Chamber is working for you so don’t ever feel that it is a waste of time or money. Find your niche and stay plugged in. You’ll love every minute of it!

If someone is thinking about joining the Chamber, what would you tell them?

If you don’t have the time to put into the Chamber everything you want to put into it then assign it to one of your employees. Give them the time to put their full effort into the Chamber and you’ll easily see the Chamber putting 100% of their effort into you and your business.

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Member in Motion – Nancy Bolting

This week our Membership Monday Member Spotlight is shining down on Nancy Bolting, who has been a member of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for 5 years!

Tell us a little about you in 5 sentences or less. Where are you from? Are you a parent or maybe grandparent? What are your hobbies? Anything unique about your life that you want to share?

My family and I moved to Rockport from Victoria in 2001 when I started a new position as a Cost Accountant in a neighboring town.  We wanted to move to the area when Victoria made changes to the school district boundaries.  Our daughter, Paige, is a graduate of RFHS and lives in Austin with her husband Kyle.  The beauty of Rockport made our new home seem like we were on constant vacation and we have never regretted making it our home.

What led you to join the Chamber?

After speaking with several business owners and keeping up with Chamber events I realized that my business would benefit from joining the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

What experience have you had previous to joining the Chamber? How has the Chamber made a difference in your business journey?

Prior to joining the Chamber, I worked very hard to promote my business and get involved locally.  It was difficult since my husband and I worked out of town prior to the business opening and we didn’t know very many people in the area.  After joining the Chamber our sales began to increase, I met other business owners, community leaders and got involved in our community.  I joined committees, assisted with event planning, and attended extended learning classes. I do whatever I can when time permits.  I believe that the more you are able to commit to the Chamber the more you get in return.  

It’s clear your Chamber membership has worked for you. Why do you think your Chamber membership worked so well for you?

As I stated previously, the Chamber works best for a business when you give back by being an active member.  When possible, I attend the Business Builders Breakfast series including the Windshield Tour and the Hurricane Breakfast, Chamber Luncheons and training courses offered.  Knowing that my membership helps my business by promoting members is actually saving me additional advertising dollars.  The benefits greatly outweigh the annual membership cost when you take time to understand how our Chamber promotes Rockport-Fulton.     

Can you give some insight into how you incorporate Chamber activities into your busy schedule?

I am a member of the Business Builders Committee (a committee designed to help do things for existing businesses), Governmental Affairs Committee, Shop Small Saturday Committee and serve on the Board of Directors.  The Chamber has so many activities that choosing to attend those that fit my schedule isn’t too difficult.  Although there have been many changes since Harvey and I find my time is more limited. I try to find other ways to be involved like making donations for auctions or donating coffee for Business Builder events.  

Has your membership in the Chamber improved other areas of your life? If so, explain what areas and how.

I have become more involved with our community and have met some great people along the way.  I am inspired by the commitment of others in the community and those who work at the Chamber. After the hurricane the Chamber became a place to go for guidance and support.  Members assisted one another and together we pushed to move beyond our devastation to work toward recovery. Through a Chamber Board appointment, I serve as a member of the planning team for the City of Rockport Comprehensive Plan. I know that if I want things to happen for my community, I have to do my part. I have enjoyed my experience and feel my input is making a difference.  

Are there any tips or advice you’d give to new members of the Chamber to help them succeed early on?

Joining the Chamber is a good choice but make an effort to be part of the Chamber as well.  Visit with office, offer to help where you can or try to attend functions when possible. Be an active member by volunteering when you can, join a group or help plan the many events the Chamber hosts.  This is the best advice I can offer to new members or those contemplating a new membership.

Join the Chamber Here.

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Member in Motion Ramona LeBlanc

Tell us a little about you in 5 sentences or less. Where are you from? Are you a parent or maybe grandparent? What are your hobbies? Anything unique about your life that you want to share?

I am originally from the Austin area. I moved to Rockport 29 years ago. I am married to Mike LeBlanc, we have one son and two grandchildren. I love to travel. At least once a year, my sister and I take off and enjoy a trip to somewhere we have never been. My husband and I took over running the Boiling Pot Restaurant after the passing of Dot LeBlanc, Mike’s mother. It is very important to us to keep the legacy Dot created in place. She poured her heart and soul into this business. We honor and think of her daily.

What led you to join the Chamber?

I joined the Rockport-Fulton Chamber in order to help build our business.

What experience have you had previous to joining the Chamber? How has the Chamber made a difference in your business journey?

I knew of the Chamber and often would stop by to get information on different things that were happening in the community. Later on, I was encouraged to join the Leadership Aransas County (class 16) by some friends. Don’t tell them, but it’s one of the best things I’ve done. The class helped me to communicate with more confidence. It opened so many doors for me. I will never forget all that I learned. This is something you definitely need in business.

It’s clear your Chamber membership has worked for you. Why do you think your Chamber membership worked so well for you?

I have taken quite a few classes through the Chamber that have helped me to learn to manage different aspects of our business. I remember the QuickBooks Classes. I picked up so many tips there.  I learned a lot from the Lunch and Learns that were called Tech Tuesdays.

Can you give some insight into how you incorporate Chamber activities into your busy schedule?

I try to regularly attend luncheons, events and other functions. I try to give auction donations when I can. I participate in events where I know our name will be seen and shown. We have several of our employees that are involved in the Young Professionals group through the Chamber.

Now that you’ve joined the Chamber, how has your business changed?

I feel that the Chamber has helped our business grow through advertising our area. By serving on various committees, I see how much effort goes into making a particular advertising campaign work. I see how our dollars are stretched as far as they can possibly go to get the best impact for our community. I see many trips to television stations telling our story and inviting visitors to our area.

How much has your business grown since joining the Chamber?

OUR BUSINESS HAS steadily grown since joining the Chamber. I couldn’t be more proud.

What were 3 major victories you experienced with the Chamber?

Since Harvey the Rockport-Fulton Chamber has gone above and beyond! Through the Chamber we received several grants that helped us with the expense of rebuilding. I’ve met some wonderful people through the Chamber as well as the folks that were giving away these grants.  Just having the Chamber in our community working for us is a major victory.

Has your membership in the Chamber improved other areas of your life? If so, explain what areas and how?

I think that networking has always been hard for me to do.  With the Chamber I am a little more comfortable with it now than I was several years ago.

Are there any tips or advice you’d give to new members of the Chamber to help them succeed early on?

DON’T GET DISCOURAGED!!!! We have all been there – Reach out- go to the Business Builders Breakfasts – luncheons- Business After Hours – Training Classes – network-network-network! They have the avenues and it does work!

If someone is thinking about joining the Chamber, what would you tell them?

100% YES! It is the best! They really do care about the businesses and the people in the community.

Sign up here.

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It’s getting better every day – Harvey Progress Report

Rockport-Fulton Recovery at 50-70% complete

Hurricane Harvey Progress Report

Elected officials, emergency personnel, first responders, long term recovery team members, and key players in the Hurricane Harvey Recovery effort met recently to review, report and conclude the overall percentage complete for projects related to Hurricane Harvey that hit the Rockport-Fulton area head on August 25, 2017.

Department Heads and Long Term Recovery Team members are working off of a plan. The plan is divided into two areas: Individual assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA). These areas affect residents and local government as a whole. Some areas of the plan are at 75% complete while other areas such as housing are 40-50% complete. Those areas are: Debris management 90%, Beaches 80-90%, Power 75-80%, Lodging 50%, Businesses 90%, Public Schools 75%, Local Attractions 75%, Airport 10-15%, Housing 40-50%, Law Enforcement 65%, and Street Signs 80%.  

Estimates indicate Aransas County’s population to be 19,000 and growing as the workers return. That’s down around 25% since the storm. The Appraisal District is reporting a structural value loss of more than 25%. In regards to building permits within the city of Rockport, there are currently 18 remodels and additions, total valuation $4.9M with an average of $227K and 13 New Builds with a total valuation $10.6M with an average of $820K, a 40% percent increase over pre-Harvey numbers. These figures are from September 2017 thru February 2019.

As of December 2018, Aransas County had an available workforce of 10,200 people with 9,800 working and 400 unemployed. That is an unemployment rate of 4.6%, compared to 10.8% during the month immediately following Harvey. 2018 Sales tax collections were at 12.21% above the 2017 year. The difficult time starts now as the community compare current numbers against numbers when all the contractors were in town doing repairs. Venue Hotel Tax for 2018 totaled $272K which was only down by 30% against pre-Harvey numbers.

In regards to bank deposits, in June 2017 – 7 local banks ( included Value Bank ) total deposits were $355M.  In June 2018 – 6 local banks with total deposits increased to $427M, a 20% increase probably due everyone depositing large insurance checks. The Real Estate Market continues to follow a good path through 2018 with the Rockport Country Club being the hottest sales area in our market.

Although much progress has been made, reports of delays in areas of funding, insurance, red tape, paperwork, etc. still remain as obstacles.

Emergency Management Director Rick McLester reminds everyone “This is a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal in the beginning was and still is if one person falls through the cracks then we have failed. We have to take care of our fellow man.”

Representatives from the Volunteer Reception Center and the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group express the need for more volunteers to come to our community to assist with rebuild projects. “We have some 500 projects yet to complete. We have people just now coming forward who have started to realize they can’t do it on their own. We want them to feel comfortable to come down to the First Baptist Church to get on the list to get the assistance they need,” stated Cyndi Powell of the Hands of Hope Organization. Organizations willing to volunteer are encouraged to contact her directly at 361-463-2186.

For homeowners still needing assistance, they are urged to contact the Texas General Land Office Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP). GrantWorks, the contractors for the HAP program, is expected to help repair thousands of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Coastal Bend Region was allocated more than $121 million on a first-come first-served basis.

Aransas County Judge Burt Mills praises the Long Term Recovery Team and the progress they have made stating “The team has done an outstanding job for us and so has all department heads and organizations throughout our community,” concludes Mills. The Long Term Recovery Team is made up of a project manager, two former city managers, a housing person, a reception clerk/volunteer coordinator, a governmental affairs liaison and a public information officer. All positions were funded by disaster related funds or donations.

The next move is for the state legislature to take action on releasing funds to the entities. A trip to visit with key legislators in Austin was held mid-February.

For more information, call the Long Term Recovery Hotline at 361-790-9496 or visit the website at https://www.aransascounty.org/harvey.

Additional Information on the Progress of

Aransas County, Rockport and Fulton after Hurricane Harvey:

 

The Long Term Recovery Team, representatives of each governmental entity and the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce meet weekly for reports on the following projects related to Hurricane Harvey:

 

406 Public Assistance Projects – The 406 grant is managed by the State under funding provided for by the Stafford Act. Section 406 mitigation measures are funded under the Public Assistance, or Infrastructure, program (PA). It is applied on the parts of the facility that were damaged by the disaster and the mitigation measure that directly reduces the potential of future, similar disaster damages to the eligible facility. Our local entities are working with FEMA employees on those projects. Those entities and their projects are:

  1.     Navigation District Update – Keith Barrett
  2.     Town of Fulton Update – Mayor Kendrick – Paws & Taws and Fulton Pier Rebuilt
  3.     City of Rockport Update – Kevin/Mike/Amanda
  4.     Aransas County Update – Reid/Gonzalez – Rattlesnake Point Rd, Loop 1781, Banty Ln, Copano Heights, Ling Rd, W. Sagebrush Rd, Speckled Trout Rd.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Update – This 404 funding is used to provide protection to undamaged parts of a facility or to prevent or reduce damages caused by future disasters. The 404 grant is managed by the State under funding provided for in the Stafford Act. The State receives a percentage of the Total Federal share of the declared disaster damage amount (20%), which it uses to fund projects anywhere in the State, regardless of where the declared disaster occurred or the disaster type. 404 grant funding may be used in conjunction with 406 mitigation funds to bring an entire facility to a higher level of disaster resistance, when only portions of the facility were damaged by the current disaster event. All sub-applicants for HMGP must have a FEMA-approved local or Tribal Mitigation Plan at the time of obligation of grant funds for mitigation projects. The Long Term Recovery Team developed the plan months ago. Our plans have all been approved. Projects in motion include:

  1.     Aransas County – Reid/Gonzalez – Pete’s Bend Watershed
  2.     City of Rockport – Kevin/Mike/Amanda – Two projects have been submitted to Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) for review. Both are drainage projects located along Business 35 that will alleviate issues between Enterprise Blvd and Maple Street, as well as Traylor Blvd and Tule Park Drive.

Property owner demo/repair – Commercial and residential property owners unable or if they are unable to be located fall under the direction of the below:

 

FEMA Demo List – Valerie Gonzalez – More than 40 homes on the list to be demolished over the next month.

 

General Land Office Housing Assistance Program Office (HAP) – More than 270 people from Aransas County have gone through the application process. 29 homes are in the docket to start soon. The state company contracted to build the homes did extensive quality work in Galveston after Hurricane Ike. They have the capacity/manpower to construct a home in 18-days. The first rebuild is complete with landscaping and is located on the corner of Market and Mathis.

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG) is currently on target to open a home a week leveraging the services of Samaritan’s Purse, Habitat for Humanity, Mennonites Disaster Services, and others.

 

Hands of Hope continues to give assistance from their office trailer at the First Baptist Church.

Housing Stock Update – Apartment units currently on the market range in price from $598 to $1200. Apartment complexes funded by the General Land Office program are slated to be built in 2019. A list of rentals can be found at https://bit.ly/2Bxp9vu. Kontiki Beach has some condos available. Condos coming on board in the Spring include: Marina Club. Condos coming back in the Summer include: Casa Allegro, Allegro Isle and some of Bayhouse Condos totaling to more than 100 units.

 

Business Updates – 95% of the businesses are open. A second survey round will be implemented in Feb. 2019. Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Community Input Sessions are being held to involve the community in the formation of an EDC.

Other Updates Include:

  1. Aquarium – working on Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funding for difference needed in funding.
  2. West Harbor Marina Project (Harborfront) – Completing application for Economic Development Administration funds.
  3. Bay Education Center – Working to secure components to open
  4. Cedar Bayou – Working to secure funding for the reopening in Spring 2020

Blue Crab – Keep Aransas County Beautiful and the Winery By The Bay are working together to raise funds to rebuild the crab.

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Hurricane Harvey Progress Report; Officials gathered to hear reports of percentage complete

By Diane Probst, CCE
President/CEO

Elected officials, emergency personnel, first responders, long term recovery team
members, and key players in the Hurricane Harvey Recovery effort met this week to review, report and conclude the overall percentage complete for projects related to the disaster that struck the Rockport-Fulton area August 25, 2017.
Emergency Operations Director and Fulton Police Chief Rick McLester received reports from department heads and key leaders reflecting where we are at the end of the 2018 year, 15-months post Hurricane Harvey. He opened the meeting stating how the flow of the verbal reporting process would function. “This will give us a great reading on where we are but also let each other know what the other person has done and needs to do, said McLester. He encouraged everyone to take a step back and look at all that has been accomplished.
Senior Advisor for Long Term Recovery William Whitson gave a brief overview of the Long Term Recovery Plan via Skype. He stated the plan is divided into two areas: Individual assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA). These are areas affecting residents and local government as a whole. He highlighted areas of the 140-plus page plan and where the Long Term Recovery Team is currently in terms of completion for each issue area. He stated some areas are at 75% complete while other areas such as housing are 40-50% complete.
Other reports of percentage completion were given for the following areas: Debris management 99%, Beaches 80-90%, Power 75-80%, Lodging 50%, Businesses 89%, Public Schools 70-75%, Local Attractions 75%, Airport 10-15%, Housing 40-50%, Law Enforcement 65%, Public Schools 70-75%, and Street Signs 60%. Although much progress has been made, reports of delays in areas of funding, insurance, red tape,
paperwork, etc. still remain as obstacles. In conclusion, McLester reminded everyone “This is a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal in the beginning was and still is if one person falls through the cracks then we have failed. We have to take care of our fellow man.”
Representatives from the Volunteer Reception Center and the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group reported the need for more volunteers to come to our community to assist with rebuild projects. “We have some 500 projects yet to complete. We have people just now coming forward who have started to realize they can’t do it on their own. We want them to feel comfortable to come down to the First Baptist Church to get on the list to get the assistance they need,” stated Cyndi Powell of Hands of Hope Organization.
For homeowners still needing assistance, the Texas General Land Office’s homeowner Assistance Program contracted with GrantWorks, a housing repair program. GrantWorks is expected to help repair thousands of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The local office is open at 2803 Hwy 35 in the Live Oak Shopping Center next to Popeye’s. The Coastal Bend Region was allocated more than $121 million on a first-come first-served basis. Homeowners with damage are encouraged to stop by the Rockport location or go online here.
Aransas County Judge Burt Mills in his remarks praised the Long Term Recovery Team and the progress they have made. “The team has done an outstanding job for us and he would hate to even think about where we would be without them,” concludes Mills.
For more information, call the Long Term Recovery Hotline at 361-790-9496 or visit here.

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Wow! There is a lot in this plan!

By Diane Probst, CCE

President/CEO

This past year, in collaboration with Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University, the Aransas County Long Term Recovery Team (LTRT) and all jurisdictions within the County have drafted an Aransas County Long Term Recovery Action Plan and Report.

Long Term Recovery Leaders William Whitson and Kim Foutz have been working on the plan since their arrival mid-October 2017. The Report was written to lay out a plan to detail actions after Hurricane Harvey and to document the challenges we face and have faced along the way in the Long Term Recovery process.

This final draft has been posted for public comment. Click here for the link. Please note, it is a very large document and will take some time to load. You do not have to join Dropbox to view.

So what’s in the plan that you should be aware of? Take a look at the chart on page 4 for a helicopter overview of all the components of the recovery. Then scroll to page 13 for the funding mechanisms and take into account the complexity of the system. Read through the housing challenges on pages 40-46 and skim to Workforce Housing on page 51. The potential projects underway gives an overview of what’s in the works and this can be found on pages 62-63. The entire “economic” recovery plan is on pages 75-84. The barometer of recovery pages 123-124 explain more about how to measure our success. The funding mechanism charts are helpful. Read through them on pages 129-140. The 142 page document is full of information to guide us in the recovery process.  Keep in mind it is a constant moving target so information has to be updated almost as soon as it is documented.

A full Progress Report meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center. Emergency Management Director and Fulton Police Chief Rick McLester will lead the discussions as department heads and long term recovery officials give their reports at the 15-16 month mark post Harvey.