Thank you Polk County and Prairie Meadows


Fort Bend County, Texas – On September 5th the Polk County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to designate Fort Bend County as a “sister county” and provide $25,000 for recovery from hurricane Harvey. Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino will provide an matching gift of $25,000.

“Thank you, Polk County, Iowa.” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert, “our close relationship and your generosity are valued greatly; we are honored to call Polk County our ‘sister county.'”

Fort Bend County will receive disaster relief from numerous government sources, but this funding will allow Fort Bend County to offer additional help to our residents which may not otherwise be provided by those programs. “It’s heartbreaking to see the images of the flood victims and we are fortunate to be able to provide funding that will help provide much needed resources,” said John F. Mauro, Polk County Board of Supervisors Chair.

The Polk County Emergency Management Department has worked closely with the Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management in the past. In 2014 Polk County Emergency Management Director A.J. Mumm taught an Emergency Operations Center management course in Fort Bend County and has worked with Fort Bend County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Braun as adjunct instructors for the Texas Engineering Extension Service out of Texas A&M University.  
Prairie Meadows will be providing an additional $25,000 in relief funding to Fort Bend County. President & CEO Gary Palmer said “Prairie Meadows has a long record of supporting our local community and we are fortunate to be able to extend that help beyond the borders of Iowa. This flooding has devastated families and businesses and we hope this funding can help their community start to rebuild.
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