The Commissioners Court of Galveston County has passed a resolution thanking a team from the Bush School of Government
and Public Service at Texas A&M University for its help in the economic recovery of the Bolivar Peninsula. Citing the "true and faithful service to the citizens of the Bolivar Peninsula" provided by the students and their faculty adviser, Sharon Caudle, the Commissioners' Court unanimously passed and signed the resolution.
The Bush School Capstone project team provided the Bolivar Blueprint Long Range Planning Committee with an eight-point plan for economic development.
Team members included Lindsey Davis, Mason Moses and Nicole Parker. The project received financial support from the Bush-Clinton Hurricane Ike Recovery Fund.
The Capstone project focused on long-term recovery management, looking at results, lessons learned and challenges facing Bolivar and Louisiana's Cameron Parish, both of which sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ike. Particular emphasis was placed on managing the recovery and restoration of basic critical infrastructure, such as housing, transportation, medical care, food and schools. In addition to focusing on the challenges of the current crisis, the team also looked at how recovery management might reduce the consequences of similar future events, and how the public managers can transition from short-term recovery actions to longer-term rebuilding and revitalization.