The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) presented the first Our Great Region Awards in early December to recognize outstanding local projects that advance goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan.
More than 30 local governments and organizations submitted applications covering transportation, environment, economic development, resiliency, housing, and healthy communities. Each project demonstrates innovative quality work focused on building a more vibrant Gulf Coast region.
Seven awards were presented across five categories.
The Excellence Award, the highest honor, recognizes projects best advancing the vision of the Our Great Region 2040 plan.• Port of Houston Authority for the Small Business Development Program and Maritime Education Program
The Connection Award honors projects that advance two or more of the Our Great Region 2040 plan’s strategies through innovative partnerships.• Clear Lake City Water Authority for Exploration Green • West Houston Association for the Greater West Houston Mobility Plan
The Diligence Award honors an implemented project that executed a creative and tenacious approach to overcome challenges to implementation.• Houston Advanced Research Center for the Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan• Harris County Engineering Department for the Net-Zero Energy Restroom Prototype (Honorable Mention)
The Opportunity Award honors a project that helps to overcome disparities in access to opportunity.• The Salvation Army for the Young Adult Resource Center
The Reach Award honors a project demonstrating exemplary public participation.• Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge for the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Initiative
Our Great Region 2040 is a high-level plan focused on making the Gulf Coast region a better place to live, work, and succeed, as defined by measurable goals, by the year 2040. More information about Our Great Region 2040 is available at www.ourregion.org.