The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce | "Rockport and Fulton call on Congress to pass Hurricane Relief Package"

Greater Houston Partnership and Coastal Bend team up

The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce announced it has officially called on Congress to pass a new appropriations bill to help Texas recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

H.R. 4667, the federal hurricane relief bill, which passed the House of Representatives on December 21, 2017, is now awaiting a Senate vote and must be passed in January to help the state.

It has been over 120-days since Texas faced the largest rainfall incident in America’s history, yet the needed funding for repairs and resilience projects have not reached the state.

In October, Texas Governor Greg Abbott submitted a 301-page request to congress, outlining $61 billion in projects identified by elected officials across the state as critical priorities that will protect Texans, property and the Texas economy.

“We are truly grateful for all the work that has been done so far to help Texans,” said Betty Hattman, Chairman of the Board of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented storm that caused significant damage to Aransas County as the eyewall hammered our community for more than 13 hours with hurricane force winds, but time is moving on and we have big projects to start to make sure such damage never happens again.”

The federal government always plays a significant role in natural disasters. Since 2005 it has provided assistance to many states including: Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Mississippi.

“As Texans, we are always prepared to jump in and work hard to help our neighbors and our communities,” Diane Probst, President/CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “And so far, we have accomplished a lot.”

For example, in Rockport and Fulton, we have teamed together with more than 100 citizens to develop an economic recovery plan with assistance to local residents to businesses.”

But Texans can’t recover alone. Please help to support your community by reaching out to your elected officials, including your Federal House Representative click here, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz. Tell them we are “Texas Strong”, but we need help from Congress to fix our state and to prevent the negative impact of a mega storm in the future.

The Coastal Bend Region is teaming up with the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). The GHP represents 11 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller. With more than 1,400 member organizations, the Partnership represents approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce. The Coastal Bend Region is made up of 9 counties. They are Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio. Coastal Bend refers to the deep curved area along the Gulf. Corpus Christi is its largest city. It includes part of Laguna Madre and North Padre Island, as well as Mustang Island.

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