TAGD Business Meetings

About TAGD Regular Business Meetings

TAGD holds regular meetings to discuss advances in groundwater science and technology, provide updates on legal and legislative matters, address membership needs, and provide networking opportunities for people working within the groundwater community. These meetings help further TAGD’s mission and are an excellent opportunity for groundwater conservation district staff and other groundwater professionals to share and learn new information. Regular Business Meeting speakers have included:

  • State Legislators
  • Employees of the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and other state agencies
  • Consulting engineers and hydrogeologists
  • Practicing attorneys
  • Groundwater Conservation District staff and board members

Winter 2023 Regular Business Meeting

Explore the sections below to learn about the Winter 2023 Regular Business Meeting, January 31-February 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Pflugerville (NE suburb of Austin). Click here to register for the meeting and the optional Elections+Taxation add on. 

Save the date: Spring 2023 Regular Business Meeting, June 6-7 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Pflugerville.

Agenda

Click here to view the agenda. In addition to usual business of the Alliance, members will elect their new Vice President and Secretary, receive the TAGD Annual Report, and learn about the new GCD Communications Toolkit. An included speaker series will bring participants valuable and timely information such as a legislative outlook, discussions on well construction standards, a panel on grant funding for GCDs, and agency updates.

Hotel Information

This meeting will take place in the in the Austin area at a new venue – the Courtyard by Marriott Pflugerville Conference Center. Learn more about the hotel on their website here. The TAGD room block is full, but reservations can still be made at the prevailing rate.

GCD Boot Camp: Elections+Taxation (add-on)

TAGD is proud to offer a fourth module of our signature GCD Boot Camp where participants learn the ropes of how GCDs operate. This module will be offered from 9am-12pm before the business meeting on January 31, and will include two topics that have frequently been suggested by TAGD members: elections and taxation.

Elections for GCDs: This session will provide an overview of election timelines, requirements for candidate filing, required forms/paperwork, conducting your own election vs. contracting with County for election services, cancelling elections, and practice pointers and pitfalls.

Setting the Tax Rate: This session will cover the roles of the Comptroller/Appraisal District/Tax Assessor and Collector; outline notice and hearing requirements, timelines, and how to calculate the tax rate under both Chapter 49 and Texas Tax Code; discuss strategic considerations in setting the tax rate; and explore the relationship between setting tax rates and adopting a district budget.

The cost of this GCD Boot Camp is $50/person. You can add this workshop when you register for the business meeting here.

Lunch is not included. The hotel’s onsite restaurant, The Bistro, will be open until 1pm. There are also many restaurants within a short driving distance.

Click here to learn more about the GCD Boot Camp series. Please note that the Boot Camp modules are not cumulative – anyone may attend any of the sessions, regardless of whether they have attended any of the first three modules.

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

Interested in sharing information or demonstrating your organization’s commitment to TAGD? Contact julia@texasgroundwater.org to secure an exhibitor table ($250) or sponsor the networking reception ($250 or $500) at the next TAGD business meeting.

Slide presentations from past business meetings are available, as well as limited video recordings from virtual meetings. Click the links below to explore!