April / May 2011
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Communications Director Peggy Ricard
25 Years of Service to TMACOG

Twenty-five years ago, Peggy Ricard was hired at TMACOG as a drafting intern in the cartography department to update the Long Range Transportation Plan and rail inventory maps. At that time, she worked with the Leroy mechanical lettering set, X-Acto blades, zip-a-tone and Chart-Pac lettering. As map making went digital, she quickly mastered the mapping software and was GIS certified. Along with her mapping duties she was also a Share A Ride Coordinator and Bicycle Coordinator. During her time as Bicycle Coordinator she worked on the University Parks Bike Hike Trail and helped communities with grant applications for Rails to Trails projects. In 1994 she became Cartographic Supervisor, a position which later became the Graphics Supervisor.

In 2003 Ms. Ricard developed a regional photo contest to increase photos for use in TMACOG publications and marketing promotions. The photo contest winners were displayed in a calendar titled A Regional Photo Album and included photos from six counties in Ohio and Michigan. TMACOG solicited more than 500 photos that are still being used in a variety of ways to promote the agency.

Also in 2003, Ms. Ricard proposed development of a new Communications department. She made the case that a professional department was necessary to develop the agency’s Internet communications, to increase TMACOG’s profile, and to streamline and professionalize production of documents. The department was formed in January 2004 and Ms. Ricard was selected to lead it. Now in 2011, Ms. Ricard is the Director of Communications and leads a team of four. She is a member of the TMACOG Planning Team, which meets weekly to coordinate staff efforts. She has directed the outreach of TMACOG to state and national organizations and is a founding member of the Communications Committee of the Ohio Association of Regional Councils. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

TMACOG President Tony Reams has worked with Ms. Ricard since 2000. He says, “Peggy is a vital part of TMACOG leadership. She not only has institutional knowledge and excellent technical skills, but more importantly, a passion for TMACOG that serves our members well. People in our region are lucky to have someone of her caliber working for them.”

From the 2010 Long Range Transportation Plan:
original Maumee River Crossing logo created by Peggy Ricard

Peggy Ricard with U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur... ...and with first Chair of TMACOG, Judge Andy Devine.

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