Building True Partnerships Between Community and Industry

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Who We Are

DPCAC provides a forum for partnership and communication between industry and community in Deer Park, Texas.

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Next Meeting

No regular meetings at this time.

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Question of the Month

“Why are DPCAC Plants Considered Essential Businesses?”

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Contact Us

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meeting (1)--

Who We Are

DPCAC provides a forum for partnership and communication between industry and community in Deer Park, Texas.

group--

Next Meeting

No regular meetings at this time.

question-mark--

Question of the Month

“Why are DPCAC Plants Considered Essential Businesses?”

phone-book--

Contact Us

Email us for details and an invitation to DPCAC meetings.

About Us

Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) builds a true partnership between Houston Ship Channel industry and community in Deer Park, Texas. At meetings held 9 times a year, we provide a forum for candid conversation about industry-related issues of community interest or concern.

Open, honest dialogue makes plant members aware of what the community expects of them. It helps community members understand what plants do and how they work.

The primary issues we address are environment, safety, health, security, emergency response and communications, and hazardous materials transportation. We also discuss other quality of life issues like the economy and education.

Deer Park Community Advisory Council
Mission & Group Objectives

Our Mission

  • Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) is a forum for an open and frank mutual exchange of ideas between representatives of the local community and industry.
  • The group engages in frequent dialogue to develop a shared understanding of the interdependency of industry and community.
  • DPCAC serves as a resource to industry and the community at large on topics such as health, occupational, environmental and economic issues.

Group Objectives

  • Influence industry decision makers by sharing community questions, concerns, and suggestions about plant operations.
  • Provide input to the communities from the plants about plant operations and issues of plant or community concern.
  • Provide a mechanism for plants to “test” ideas/plans before they are implemented.
  • Promote understanding of and address identified community/industry issues that are important to the community
  • issues that are important to the community.
  • Serve as a means to “educate” the community about the plants and the plants about the community.
Meeting Schedule
  • January 27, 2020
  • February 24, 2020
  • March 23, 2020
  • April 27, 2020
  • June 1, 2020 (delayed due to Memorial Day)
  • No end of June meeting
  • No July meeting
  • August 24, 2020
  • September 28, 2020
  • October 26, 2020
  • November 30, 2020 (delayed due to Thanksgiving)
  • No end of December meeting
Membership
  • DPCAC community members include individuals who live, work, or attend school in Deer Park, and representatives of organizations or government entities serving Deer Park. Plant members represent petrochemical plants, a refinery, storage terminals, hazardous waste management facilities, or other industrial facilities in Deer Park. Industry members include plant managers or operations managers and any full-time community relations managers. The DPCAC Membership Directory lists names and additional information about our community and industry members.
  • DPCAC works to keep the proportion of community-to-industry members approximately two-to-one. New members are added periodically to ensure the membership is reflective of the Deer Park community. If you're interested in joining DPCAC or attending one of our meetings, please contact our facilitator at info@deerparkcac.org.
History
  • DPCAC held its first meeting in March 1990 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in March 2015. A 25th Anniversary History booklet prepared for the occasion.
  • DPCAC met 60 times between March 1990 and November 1995, prior to the keeping of a paragraph-a-meeting history of activities, meeting topics, tours, and speakers. See DPCAC History.
Other CACs
  • Deer Park CAC is one of 9 community advisory councils or panels in east Harris County, Texas. Local plants began reaching out to community leaders to form advisory groups around 1990 as part of the Responsible Care initiative of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (now the American Chemistry Council). The most recent industry advisory group in the area was formed in 2011.
  • To see a list of communities served and participating plants, check the CAP Directory.
  • To learn more about community advisory councils or panels in general, see CAP Basics.

News and Recent Topics

News and Updates

COVID-19
East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) is closely monitoring information from their member companies, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) as well as federal, state and local officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. EHCMA has created a public web page designed to provide information and updates to partners and to the community at large and is updating the site frequently. For more information, please visit: https://www.ehcma.org/covid-19-updates-and-information-2/

2020 Census Information
At the DPCAC February meeting, information regarding the 2020 Census was shared with the group. Briefly:

  • Please visit https://2020census.gov/en.html for further information.
  • Census data are used for much more than apportionment. For example, city and county governments use data for public safety and emergency management. School districts must know the number of residents and their ages to calculate the need for new schools.  Businesses use data to determine where to locate and whether to expand.

Please view these attachments for further information:

  1. Census 101
  2. Census Basics

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