The Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Retailers Association have partnered to host a Restaurants and Retailers Recovery Summit, Tuesday September 30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The Summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is free to attendees.

“Texas restaurants along the southeastern Texas coast were hit hard by Hurricane Ike and are facing months of reconstruction. Those that are able to re-open are working in less than ideal conditions to feed customers and relief workers,” said Richie Jackson, TRA Executive Vice President and CEO. “By bringing the resources that restaurant owners need together under one roof, we hope to help provide some solutions to the problems they are currently facing.”

“The Texas Retailers Association is pleased to partner with the Texas Restaurant Association to host this timely Recovery Summit,” said Ronnie Volkening, President/CEO. “Through our collective efforts we hope to bring together both private and public sector resources to assist affected businesses and communities in their recovery efforts and to share our own experiences and expertise to help the affected communities return to full operation as quickly as possible.”

Participants in the Summit include state and federal agencies such as FEMA, IRS and Texas Department of State Health Services. Other invited agencies include Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Comptrollers Office. Additionally, attorneys specializing in disaster recovery, insurance experts, cleaning companies, remodeling companies, supplier partners and security providers will also be present.

Tabletop displays will be set up at the Convention Center and attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from all of these entities to discuss the steps they need to take to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Ike.  There will also be a panel presentation by health and sanitation experts and one by disaster specialists from the industry to discuss steps to recovery.

In addition to the Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Retailers Association, the event is hosted by the National Restaurant Association and the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. For more information, visit www.TRARelief.org or call 800-395-2872.