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Mar
23

Beautify Texas Awards Past Winner Highlight: Martha Knies

Blog post written by Sarah Attwood and Stephanie Nestlerode of Keep Wimberley Beautiful Martha Knies exemplifies the unmatched volunteer spirit that characterizes the CAN-DO attitude found in Wimberley Texas. In 1992, before Wimberley's incorporation, Martha was having breakfast on the Square with her friends, when they started talking about a...
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Feb
23

GCAA 2020 Category Winner 8: Harlingen

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Feb
04

Staff blog: Texas Legislative Session - The Basics and What to Expect in 2021

Blog post written by Sara Nichols, Program Director of Keep Texas Beautiful.  It's February 2021. This year has already seen the inauguration of a new President and new administration in Washington, and, perhaps a bit more quietly, the beginning of a new legislative session in Texas. The Texas Legislature meets every other year, in odd years, ...
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Jan
20

GCAA 2020 Category 4 Winner: Levelland

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Sep
15

Affiliate of the Month: Keep San Angelo Beautiful

"VIRTUALLY" 6 months new, but …THE SHOW MUST GO ON… Keep San Angelo Beautiful (KSAB) was revitalized in February this year to bring much awareness and maintain clean, green, and beautiful spaces in San Angelo, Texas. Strategic plans were implemented, a logo, letterhead, and brochure were designed and we put it all on a...
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Feb
12

Green Love: Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Tips

February is here, and with it comes cooler weather, Super Bowl parties, and, of course, Valentine's Day! Planning out the perfect date can be challenging, especially when you're trying to stay eco-conscious. However, with a little bit of thought and planning, you can show as much love for the environment as you do to your partner. Here are some use...
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Oct
22

Get in the Know About America Recycles Day

Like many great things, America Recycles Day (ARD) started in Texas. Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis had a vision of dedicating one day out of the year to bring attention to recycling. Kevin and Valerie worked hard at promoting this idea within their community, but they wanted it to grow on a national scale. On October 22nd, the two pitched America ...
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Sep
11

Eight Simple Ways to be Prepared for a Disaster

You're not sure what, but something is pulling you to up your preparedness game, and Keep Texas Beautiful applauds you. Recently, the great state of Texas has seen a lot of natural disasters and other emergencies that leave us thinking about how our life could change in an instant. We can't avoid disasters, but we can prepare ourselves and our fami...
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Sep
05

The Future of Texas Water

Water conservation is an issue thought about frequently by most Texans, but the exact reasons for why it is needed are not often understood. Texas is a state that will almost certainly face water availability issues in the near future, and increased water conservation will almost certainly be required to ensure that all Texans have access to enough...
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May
20

Texas' Required New Hire Reporting Form

As part of your process of onboarding new employees, don't forget that you need to file a New Hire Reporting Form with the State of Texas Attorney General's Office. Federal and Texas state laws require that employers report all new hires and rehires within 20 days of when that employee starts earning wages. If you have employees that require W-2s, ...
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May
01

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Aransas County Beautiful - Hurricane Harvey Silver Linings Playbook

We at Keep Aransas County Beautiful are humbled and honored to be chosen for as the Affiliate of the Month this May, as we know there are many great groups in Texas that have been around a long time that are certainly very well deserving.  As many may or may not know, Aransas County is now known as hurricane Harvey ground zero. When a communit...
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Apr
02

Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Offs Across Texas

In 1985, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched an ad campaign to encourage citizens to take care of their state and stop littering. This slogan has been repeated countless times by presidents, athletes, super stars and ordinary Texans. We all know it well. "Don't mess with Texas!" In the 1990s, KTB joined the effort by encouraging...
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Mar
07

Staff Blog: Event Planning pt. 2

Have you heard? Early bird registration for our Annual Conference is officially open! Check out our website to learn about the many fun additions to this year's conference in Dallas/Rockwall, June 18-20. To celebrate, I'm sharing my second list of tips to help you plan any event.  A few week ago, I shared my Event Planning 101 blog, where I di...
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Jan
03

GCAA 2018 Category 7: Grapevine

​Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citize...
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Dec
19

GCAA 2018 Category 6: Lake Jackson

​Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citize...
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Dec
17

GCAA 2018 Category 5: Katy

​Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citize...
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Dec
13

GCAA 2018 Category 4: Seabrook

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Dec
03

Guest Blog: Share These Tips and Infographic to Help Your Community Save Energy this Winter

Frosty weather has arrived in Texas. Although it's rare to see extremely low temperatures in much of our state, the cold weather still has an impact on your energy bill. Across Texas, heating accounts for 22 percent of a household's energy consumption, on average. And, due to rising fuel prices, most households in the United States can expect highe...
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Nov
29

GCAA 2018 Category 2: Nolanville

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Nov
19

Guest Blog: Port Aransas RETREET

Last June, RETREET's executive director, Grady McGahan, gave the keynote speech at the 50th Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference opening luncheon. He told the crowd all about RETREET's unique mission and diverse community, as well as the fortuitous series of events that brought both into being. After his presentation, representatives from Ke...
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