Your Input Needed: Annual TMACOG General Assembly
This year we’re making some changes to the way that TMACOG conducts its annual General Assembly. For many years the assembly was a full day and evening event with a fee. We are reorganizing this year to make the General Assembly a more productive work meeting for our busy members, and eliminating the fee. Workshops that were a feature of the assembly are now being organized throughout the year as TMACOG Tech. The speaker and dinner event will move from the January General Assembly to a regional summer event (more details on that later).
TMACOG staff members want to get the best possible understanding of members concerns to make the assembly and other services valuable. Please go to the link here to answer a member survey. Add as much detail as you can. Your input will make the caucus sessions at the 2012 General Assembly more informative and will also direct TMACOG educational programming for the rest of the year. Please complete your member survey by Friday, December 9.
From a mailing of this same survey, we have received input from members that cite the following issues as their priorities. (If you responded to the mailed survey, you do not need to link to the survey again.)
- Economic development (fostering it, partnering with universities, competing regionally)
- Alternative funding (state and federal grants and loans, training grants, water/sewer funds)
- Building collaboration (partnering with counties on services, shares services and equipment use)
- Proposed changes to federal and state laws (be prepared, be in compliance, understand local effects of laws)
Members will receive a formal invitation to the 2012 General Assembly with information on registration in the coming weeks but mark your calendar now for Wednesday afternoon, January 25 in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The program will include:
- Annual business meeting, including the election of the chair, vice chair, and second vice chair, and a vote on a proposed bylaws change.
- Expanded, agenda-driven caucus sessions for each class of TMACOG member: cities, counties, villages, townships, special districts, educational, and non-governmental members.
- Introduction of TMACOG staff and services, with an open house and tour of the TMACOG offices.
- Light refreshments.