Texas Citizen Planner program summer courses for elected, appointed officials set

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Contact: Steven Mikulencak, 281-984-7085, smikulencak@tamu.edu

Celina Gauthier Lowry, 281-560-3980, Celina.lowry@tamu.edu

HOUSTON — The Texas Citizen Planner program has scheduled three courses on planning and hazard mitigation for local elected and appointed officials, organizers said.  

The classes will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. June 29, July 13 and Aug. 15 at Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road, Houston.

Participants may choose to take one or more of the classes by registering at http://citizenplanner.tamu.edu/registration/. Individual classes are $75 each, and there are discounts for taking all three classes or for groups of two people or more registering for all three courses. Flooding and stormwater management will be taught on June 29, and coastal hazards and preparation on July 13. The Aug. 15 course will focus on hazard mitigation and plan integration.

“These courses will give municipal elected and appointed officials and staff members knowledge to shape community development for the better,” said Steven Mikulencak, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist with the Texas Coastal Watershed Program. “The decisions they have to make daily impact their communities.”

Each course will emphasize issues important to communities across Texas, organizers said, with information about integrating hazard mitigation approaches with local planning practices. The courses are designed specifically for municipal officials, but registration is also open to local staff, consultants and private citizens.

For more information, see http://citizenplanner.tamu.edu or contact program assistant Celina Gauthier Lowry at 281-560-3980, celina.lowry@tamu.edu, or Mikulencak at 281-984-7085, smikulencak@tamu.edu.

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