June 19, 2012

Top leadership resigns from RMA board

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority’s long-standing board chairman, Bill Thornton, and the board member expected to succeed him resigned from their positions Monday, less than a week after the Bexar County Commissioners Court voted to take over the organization’s operations. Read more from SA Express-News.

April 16, 2012

Expert: Clear strategy on growth management can help lure employers

As Austin and Central Texas continue to grow, how do we manage that growth in the best possible way? “The natural environment and how we sustain it provides part of our competitive advantage for economic development — those issues are more closely linked than people realize, and especially so in Central Texas.” Read more from Statesman.com.

April 4, 2012

ECT announces Community Stewardship Award finalists and HCA is on the list!

Don’t miss the seventh year of Envision Central Texas’ highly anticipated awards event which brings together hundreds of business, government, education, environmental and civic leaders from across the five-county region. Two of HCA’s programs are finalists, our outreach work and our online mapping tool. Learn about the finalists and register for the Luncheon that will take place May 11th in Austin.

March 6, 2012

Cities, counties, homeowners – who is responsible for wildfire prevention?

Fifty years ago, a lightning strike could spark a big fire in the wooded areas outside of Austin that could naturally clear out underbrush and dead vegetation. Then suburban development put homes and businesses in what had been mostly empty country. When flames threatened life or property, rural and volunteer fire departments did what they were trained to do: move quickly to put them out. The unfortunate side effect of that, fire officials now say, has been an overgrowth of brush, trees and other wildfire fuels. Read more from Statesman.com