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New Hill Country Alliance President Milan Michalec said he wants to see the organization pass from participation to leadership in local water issues.


Milan Michalec

“I want to be able to take advantage of the tools we’ve developed in the strategic plan and work with electronic media opportunities to be the story, rather than respond to it,” Michalec said.

The HCA announced Michalec as its new president this week.

Among the topics in which Michalec said he would like to see a larger HCA role are county authority and the state water plan.

The HCA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.

Michalec has been an active member of HCA since 2008, when he served on the advisory board. In 2009, he was asked to join the board of directors. Michalec said he has seen HCA grow in the ability to be very thorough in focus and strategy and expand its presence across 17 counties.

“Ultimately we are better prepared to develop high-quality issue papers vetted by professionals and to distribute them using print or our website through a wide area of the Hill Country,” he said.

Michalec is serving a third term on the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, and he is the founding member of the Kendall Country Well Owners Association. Michalec also participated in the Camp Bullis Joint Land Use Study representing Trinity Aquifer groundwater conservation districts. He recently was selected to fill a position to determine environmental flows on the Guadalupe and San Antonio Bay and Basin Area Stakeholder Committee (BBASC).

The new HCA vice president is Karen Ford, for former Hays County Commissioner from District 4. Ford said he would like for the HCA to more actively reaching out to the corporate community and engage young people to become involved with Hill Country resource issues.

“I also want to see us reach out to other cultural audiences,” Ford said. “The Hispanic population is growing in Texas and the Hill Country, and it is important that we reach all audiences.”

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