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Member Highlight
Transportation Advocacy Group of
Northwest Ohio

The Transportation Advocacy Group of Northwest Ohio (TAGNO) is a coalition of business and community leaders dedicated to improving the transportation system in northwest Ohio. The group works with partners in the region to enhance the efficiency of Ohio’s transportation system and use that system to improve economic opportunities in northwest Ohio. The current chair of TAGNO is Mike Ryan of Hanson Aggregates. Tom Kovacik is the executive director.

Since 2000, TAGNO has been a member of TMACOG and its members are very involved in transportation councils and committees. Members have served on several task force committees as well as the TIP Committee, the Transportation Planning Committee, and the Transportation Council. Working with TMACOG and other partners, TAGNO was a force behind the creation of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Toledo.

Tom Kovacik of TAGNO says, “I have found TMACOG to be a critically important partner in transportation issues affecting northwest Ohio. We share many mutually significant objectives: securing funding for projects, prioritizing projects, and maintaining project/construction interest and follow-up. All these efforts benefit TAGNO members.” 

TAGNO has been involved in the development of all the intermodal projects in the region: the Airline Yard, the Port of Toledo expansion, and the Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal near North Baltimore. They are also involved in the I-73/74/75 Corridor Association and have been instrumental in planning for the Fort to Port project on US 24 and the overhaul of I-75/475 in Toledo.

Tom Kovacik also works with environmental issues. As a vice chair of the Clean Ohio Council, a division of the Ohio Department of Development, he has helped secure $30 million for Toledo and northwest Ohio for brownfield remediation. As a citizen working with public/private partnerships as well as elected officials and government agencies, Kovacik is a strong advocate for participation in TMACOG: “ Getting more member involvement in councils and committees not only serves to educate our region better, but also strengthens our regional stakeholders’ influence.”

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