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-Conversation with Marc Levinson

Ohio Conference on Freight
- See Workshop Topics

Clean Ohio Fund News

New Stormwater Planner

Ozone on the Rise

EPA Job Training Grant

New Transportation Bill

Access Ohio Site

Traffic Counts

New Bridge to Canada

TMACOG President Honored

TMACOG Photo Gallery

Member Highlight:
Village of Put-in-Bay

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2012 Ohio Conference on Freight: Ohio’s Place in International Freight Industry
The freight industry in Ohio is changing in response to events in the world economy, as a widened Panama Canal opens for business, and as different transportation modes develop efficiencies.

Dr. Marc Levinson, one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight, spoke to TMACOG about developments that he foresees in the international freight industry...more

See the Workshop Topics: Ohio Conference on Freight
Presentations at this year’s workshops will illuminate the role of Ohio and the Great Lakes region in a global economy. See the complete agenda and register for the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight at


Clean Ohio Funds Application Schedule
Communities in Lucas County are invited to apply for grants to preserve open space. The Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,267,184 for nonprofit organizations to preserve wetlands, parkland, or other open spaces. Applicants must provide a minimum 25 percent in local matching funds. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) will hold a meeting for potential applicants to discuss the program, its goals, and to answer questions....more

New Environmental Planner
Kari Gerwin has joined the staff of TMACOG replacing Ann-Drea Hensley who recently relocated to Washington D.C. Kari is the stormwater planner, working with the TMACOG Stormwater Coalition.

Kari is a graduate of the University of Toledo and has also worked at Colorado State University – Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands in Fort Bliss, Texas. In her work as a graduate student at the University of Toledo, she contributed to the Stage II Watershed Restoration Plan for the Maumee RAP. That restoration plan began as a project of TMACOG and is now being managed by TMACOG member Partners for Clean Streams. Kari has her bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and a master’s in Geography.

“I am thrilled to be working with such a great group of people at TMACOG,” she said. “There is a lot of expertise among the partners that are involved in the Stormwater Coalition. I’m looking forward to reaching out to members of the community through local and regional partnerships and water resources programs."

Ozone Levels Higher in 2012

In the hot summer that northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are experiencing, we are also seeing higher levels of ground-level ozone than in recent years.

The four stages of air quality from best to worst are Good; Satisfactory; Precautionary Measures Should be Taken by Sensitive Groups; and Caution. In both 2010 and 2011, by mid-July we had two days at the third level (precautionary measures…). In 2012, that number is 18 days. We have also experienced more Satisfactory days in 2012 and fewer Good days... more

EPA Job Training Grants Announced
The U.S. EPA has announced that the City of Toledo is one of 15 communities in the nation and the only one in Ohio that will receive grants from their Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program this year. The grants will recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. In Toledo, the grant will train a minimum of 75 students, and place at least 60 graduates in environmental jobs.

The City of Toledo is working with Owens Community College and the Source to provide the training and place graduates in jobs. Dan Pittman, senior environmental specialist with the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services said that graduates will get training that Toledo-area employers have repeatedly said they are looking for in new hires. Graduates of the program will learn skills and gain certifications in environmental fields including lead and asbestos abatement, environmental site sampling, construction and demolition debris recycling, underground storage tank removal, ecological restoration, and green building techniques. Some of the jobs graduates qualify for include brownfield remediation, construction, and building rehab.


Long-awaited Transportation Bill Signed

The last federal transportation bill – SAFETEA-LU – was signed in 2005 and expired more than three years ago. Ten times, federal legislators gave the expired bill short extensions until July 2012, when a new bill was finally signed. The new federal transportation bill is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 st Century Act, or MAP-21. Having the new bill removes some of the uncertainty that had made decision-making difficult for planners and elected officials...more

View Access Ohio Info at TMACOG
ODOT is in the process of updating Ohio’s long-range transportation plan, Access Ohio 2040. As part of the process, ODOT is soliciting the widest possible range of public input. TMACOG will be an outpost site in northwest Ohio where interested citizens can review materials, see the Access Ohio website, and make comments. Access Ohio 2040 will direct transportation efforts in the state for the next 20 years. Public input is essential to create a plan that meets the needs of all citizens.

Beginning in August, the TMACOG library will have the latest documents and a computer accessible for the public. Ask to view the materials at the reception desk during regular business hours. TMACOG hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is at 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Suite 300, Toledo, OH 43604. For more information, contact Transportation Secretary Jodi Rayburg at 419.241.9155 ext. 120.

Traffic Counting
Summertime is traffic counting time at TMACOG. This year’s summer interns, Lance Dasher and Bekka Apardian, are helping to collect important benchmark information for ODOT and for local communities...more

New Detroit River International Crossing Becoming a Reality

Currently there is one bridge, the Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The bridge is 83 years old, built with an expected useful life of 50 years. Elected officials and business people on both sides of the border have been pushing a new publicly financed crossing for many years. In support of these efforts, the TMACOG Executive Committee approved a resolution in favor of a new crossing in 2010. Finally, in June 2012, Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder and Canadian officials announced an agreement that lays the groundwork for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). At the announcement ceremony, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the NITC is “the most important infrastructure project in North America.”...more


TMACOG President Honored

Anthony L. Reams, president of TMACOG since November of 2000, was recently honored by the Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC). Tony was presented with a plaque in appreciation of his on-going contributions, unwavering dedication, and longtime years of service to OARC. OARC President Donald R. Spang noted Tony’s “invaluable contributions” to the success of the state organization.

Submissions Invited for New TMACOG Photo Gallery

Local photographers are invited to submit their photos of the region to be included in a new TMACOG photo gallery. One selected photo will be published each month in this TMACOG newsletter, other photos will be posted on and used in TMACOG public information

Member Highlight
Village of Put-in-Bay

Photographer: Patricia Healey

Put-in-Bay is a small village (with about 450 year-round residents) on a small island (South Bass is about 1.5 miles by 3.7 miles) but it is large in hospitality. More than 750,000 people visit the village during the season between April and October...more

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Upcoming Events
Summer Caucuses and State Legislators’ Forum for TMACOG Members
Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Plaza in Grand Lobby
Monday, August 13, 8 a.m. – Noon

Contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 10

Ohio Conference
on Freight

Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky
September 13 & 14
Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Regional Collaboration & Shared Services

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in Grand Lobby
Wednesday, October 17
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107

GreenTown Conference
Lucas-County and City of Toledo
October 25 & 26
SeaGate Centre
Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119