The Strategic Partnerships Team is fortunate to be able to draw upon Bruce Barr’s extensive knowledge of county road data, floodplain management, GIS experience and his vast knowledge of local government.
As chairman of the Texas Geographic Information Council (TGIC), Barr developed an extensive network of Geographic Information System (GIS) practitioners in city and county government and earned recognition as a leader in coordinating GIS data sharing efforts between local entities and state and federal agencies. His collaborative work with diverse groups and his deep knowledge of data analysis allow him to provide unique expertise to projects, planning and the execution of critical projects.
Barr was a GIS analyst for the Capital Area Planning Council of Governments (CAPCOG) where he specialized in 9-1-1 data development, regional transportation planning, air quality monitoring, solid waste monitoring, and urban planning.
He moved from CAPCOG to the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) where he researched, acquired and maintained essential data relating to Texas county government. One of Barr’s major functions was representing TAC in coordination with federal, state, and local flood and emergency response authorities including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
He also worked with state and federal agencies to coordinate training opportunities for local elected officials including, but not limited to, FEMA debris management and FEMA Individual Assistance education. Some training was directed at educating elected officials on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and TDEM financial requirements during a disaster.
Barr is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and active on TFMA’s Legislative Committee. He is also a member in good standing of the Texas Flash Flood Coalition, the Texas Association of County Engineers and Road Administrators (TACERA) and is a source for county road data and GIS.