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Economic Development 101

Report on SB5 Presentation

SR 18 Relocation

Westside Corridor

Ohio Conference
on Freight

Approval of TIP

208 Plan to Become Official
Forecast Tool for Beaches

Ozone Action Season

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement

Member Highlight:
Lourdes College

"Like" TMACOG on Facebook

TMACOG Speakers Bureau

New Member

June / July 2011
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Economic Development 101: Tools for Local Governments
The next TMACOG Tech opportunity is Wednesday, June 8, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza immediately following the TMACOG Board of Trustees meeting. The topic is economic development and discussion will include a review of tools available to administrators and elected officials and information on resources in the areas of incentives and finances. Panelists will discuss what to do when a new business comes calling. Panel members will be Thomas Blaha, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission; Timothy Lake, business consultant, Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation; and Jerry Hayes, executive director, Defiance County Economic Development.

There is no cost for this session but please register by Friday, June 3. Contact Greg Gettum at 419.241.9155, ext 132.

Report on TMACOG Tech: SB 5
On Friday, May 6, about 40 elected officials, school administrators, and administrators of several Ohio villages and cities attended an informational meeting on Ohio State Bill 5. The presentation by attorneys from Spengler Nathanson covered changes to bargaining laws for public employees including provisions affecting teachers. Their presentation is posted on the TMACOG website here.

Options for SR 18 Near North Baltimore
ODOT has been researching options for relocating State Route 18 near North Baltimore. The area is of concern because of truck traffic that is expected to increase near the new CSX Northwest Ohio Trans-shipment Terminal there. ODOT is looking for strategies to improve safety and improve connections between the terminal and highway access...more

Purchasing Rail Right-of-way for Westside Corridor
Since 2003, efforts have been underway by TMACOG and a group of partners to purchase approximately 11 miles of the CSX Toledo Terminal Westside Corridor to preserve the rail right-of-way for future use.

After a long period of negotiation and appraisal, the package has been put together and the partners hope to have the corridor purchased by July, 2011. This property acquisition is the first phase of a long-term project to develop the corridor as a multi-use trail. Preservation of the corridor for public use is identified as a regional priority in the TMACOG 2035 Transportation Plan and it is a significant milestone to make this purchase now....more

Full Steam Ahead for Ohio Conference
on Freight

The program for the fifth annual Ohio Conference on Freight is coming together. The conference will be September 20-21 at the Toledo Hilton and Dana Conference Center. To emphasize the development opportunities of freight transportation and logistics, we’ve adopted a theme of “An Economy in Motion, Opportunities Ahead.”

Again this year the conference is hosted by TMACOG in partnership with the National Association of Regional Councils, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Each year we focus on an industry cluster related to freight transportation. This year the conference will highlight the role of value-added warehousing and logistics services in moving freight most efficiently. Attendees will gain insights on latest ways that producers, shippers, and infrastructure providers are becoming more integrated. With more than 200 participants expected, the Ohio Conference on Freight is an excellent opportunity for representatives of these related industries to network and learn from each other. Follow conference developments and explore remaining sponsorship opportunities here.

Thank you to the confirmed sponsors:
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
Norfolk Southern
Ohio Association of Regional Councils
CDM Wilbur Smith Associates

Registration for the conference will be available starting in July.

Transportation Improvement Program to be Adopted
The Fiscal Year 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP)was approved by the Transportation Council at their May 4 meeting, and by the Executive Committee at their May 18 meeting. It will receive final approval from the Board of Trustees at their June 8 meeting. The new TIP will become official July 1, 2011 at the start of the fiscal year. The TMACOG TIP for Lucas and Wood counties and the three southern townships of Monroe County, Michigan is completely reviewed and recreated every two years.

The annual budget for our region is nearly $13 million of federal funding and is broken down into three categories: Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), and Transportation Enhancement (TE) programs. To see details of STP and CMAQ projects including funding amounts and fiscal years, click here. The TE subcommittee has ranked and recommended funding for 10 of the 15 submitted enhancement projects. To view that list of projects, click here. For questions or comments, contact Kent Gardam at 419.241.9155 ext. 116.



208 Plan on Track for Approval
The cooperative document that describes our region’s plan for managing clean water utilities (the 208 Plan) is expected to be approved by the TMACOG Executive Committee June 8 at noon, and by the Board of Trustees at their meeting following at 1:30 p.m. The plan was approved by the Environmental Council in May and was available for public comment. It is action by the Board of Trustees that formally adopts the plan update. The existing plan, proposed changes, and details of facility planning areas are here on the TMACOG website. A presentation summarizing the proposed changes is here. Written comments are invited; mail to TMACOG ( PO Box 9508, Toledo OH, 43697-9508) or e-mail to Kurt Erichsen by 5 p.m. June 7, 2011.

Forecasts Available for Beach Conditions

The University of Toledo and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have created a resource that estimates bacteria levels and provides beach advisories for people using the Lake Erie beaches at Maumee Bay State Park. Called Nowcast, the information will be available at this summer...more

Ozone Action Season
Ozone is a by-product of engine combustion, fuels burned for backyard grills, and industrial emissions among other sources. On hot days with little wind, ozone becomes a health problem, affecting the lungs of people and damaging plants as well. During Ozone Action Season, June through September, TMACOG is working with the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services to tell people what they can do to protect themselves and to reduce the amount of ozone produced in our area...more


Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program
Gasoline evaporates very readily. In a closed container like a can or a gas tank, it will only evaporate to fill the space available. But gasoline in an open container will quickly begin to convert from a liquid to a gas and become part of the greater atmosphere...more


Member Highlight:

Lourdes College
Lourdes College has a somewhat unusual history for a local institution of higher learning. Most of our region’s community colleges are publicly funded county schools formed in the 1960s. Lourdes College, which also began as a junior college in 1958, at first served only Franciscan Sisters. From a tiny institution for religious women, the college has grown to be a fully accredited, four-year, coed college. ....more

TMACOG is on Facebook

People with Facebook pages can get timely news about TMACOG members and events when you “like” TMACOG. Search for Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments to find our official page. Or click on the icon at the bottom of this newsletter. TMACOG is pursuing use of social media to stay better connected with members and to provide services that members need. Many members are on Facebook – especially non-governmental members – and it’s one more way we can stay in touch.

TMACOG Speakers Bureau

Do you want to know more about stormwater control measures? Want to learn about what’s coming in transportation plans for our region? Need information about air quality or census data? Members of the TMACOG staff and leadership are available to come to your civic or social meeting to provide information on these and other topics. If you would like more information or have a topic in mind, please contact TMACOG Marketing Manager Greg Gettum at 419.241.9155 ext. 132.

Welcome New Member
James A. Poure & Associates is the newest non-governmental member of TMACOG. The James Poure Consultancy is an entrepreneurial consulting group serving family and privately owned businesses, non-profits and governmental entities. See more at


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Economic Development 101: Tools for Local Government
Wednesday, June 8, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
TMACOG Boardroom
300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Suite 300, Toledo

Wood County Reception
Thursday, June 23,
5-7 p.m.
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August 9, sites in northwest Ohio.
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Ohio Conference on Freight
September 20-21
Dana Conference Center
3110 Glendale Avenue, Toledo

Monroe County Reception
Thursday, October 27,
5-7 p.m.
Monroe County Historical Museum