The Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas on Monday held a regional meeting in Victoria, Texas.
Representatives of the Commission, including officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Texas General Land Office (GLO), participated along with other entities working on the state’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
 
At the meeting, mayors, county judges, and other local officials in attendance had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with subject matter experts on public finance issues, debris management, housing, structural standards, workforce issues, and flood control, mitigation, and land development.
 
“This is the first in a series of conversations we will be having focused on the concept of ‘future-proofing’ our communities and our state,” said Texas A&M University System Associate Vice Chancellor John Barton, who led the meeting on behalf of the Commission. “Working together, we have the opportunity to rewrite the rules of the disaster recovery process in a way that will enable us to rebuild our communities stronger than they were before the storm and benefit Texans for generations to come.”
 
The Commission will be holding four additional regional meetings in Gulf Coast communities affected by Harvey in the month of November.