Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue members bringing family to board the LMTV. Texas Guardsmen rescue Texans in need from severe flooding in Fort Bend County, Texas, June 3, 2016. Texas Guardsmen supported local first responders during search and rescue operations following severe weather. (Texas State Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt/ Released)

Texas awards $102 million to support regional mitigation projects

December 5, 2023

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will direct $102 million in awards to counties and municipalities to upgrade streets, water and sewer systems and to build community centers and shelters as the state shores up efforts to protect residents and local infrastructure from natural disasters.

The GLO will allocate the funds from the Regional Mitigation Program, an initiative that helps increase infrastructure resiliency against inclement weather. The funds will go to 16 projects spanning 14 cities and counties.

The awards include $38.5 million to Fort Bend County and $4 million to Sugar Land to address continued erosion along the Brazos River. The funds will address threats posed to hurricane evacuation bridges and roads critical to residents from nearby counties.

Another $13.6 million will go to a multi-purpose building project in Newton County that will serve as a community center and shelter during extreme weather. Located on State Highway 87, the project will also install electrical, water and sewer service. Currently in the design phase, bids for the project will kick off Aug. 15, 2024, followed by construction in mid-December 2024.

Tyler County will receive a combined $12 million to fund a pair of projects. The first will use $9.3 million to improve water and street infrastructure and purchase an emergency generator for the Colmesneil area. The second project will use $2.6 million to improve drainage.

Other awards include $15.5 million for Polk County that will go toward water facilities and improvements to streets and drainage. Kleberg County will get $5 million to build a trio of centers that provide mitigation, assistance, resiliency and recovery services.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. can provide information on contract opportunities, plus existing and future government funding. For more information, contact research@spartnerships.com.

Texas State Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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