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Member Survey Results

Economic Development

2-Day Train Day Celebration

Bike Month

Local Cyclist Honored

Ohio Conference on Freight

Chessie Circle Trail

Public Hearing Turnpike

Ozone Action Season

208 Plan public meeting

Portage River Coordinator

Member Highlight:
Northwestern Water and Sewer District

May & June 2013
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Member Survey Results
In response to member comments and requests, TMACOG recently distributed a survey to the entire TMACOG membership asking for their ideas about shared services. Forty-three members (out of 145 total membership) responded. Eighty-eight percent are elected or appointed officials. Most of the rest are other public employees. Respondents included counties, cities, villages, townships, and school districts. Fourteen provided contact information and expressed a desire to continue a TMACOG-facilitated process...
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Defining Roles in Economic Development Efforts

Friday, May 31, 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Attend this half-day seminar to learn how the many groups working to improve the regional economy in Ohio can best work together.
A session specifically addressing Michigan concerns is in development. A panel of economic development professionals representing state agencies and smaller communities will describe how they work and how local governments can best support development more


Celebrate Train Day May 3rd & 4th

Toledo loves trains and celebrates National Train Day with one of the biggest celebrations in the country. This year the program starts the day before National Train Day Toledo with a new event. “Friday Night by the Tracks” is an evening preview reception hosted by NOPRA, the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail more

Bike Month 2013
Bike to the Right – Go with the Flow

May is National Bike Month and the local focus this year is on safety. Understanding and using safety rules for cyclists and drivers will reduce the chance of accidents and injury. Bike to the right, go with the flow of traffic. Be visible, be courteous, be more

Bike Month Events
Bike to school and bike to work. Ride with a ranger, try a bike safety challenge, and learn about area bike paths and the roads connecting them. Ride TARTA for a quarter when you ride your bike to the bus. Keep reading to see all the events...more


Local Cyclist Honored
Pat Squire, long-time member of TMACOG and lifetime cyclist, has been honored with the Horace M. Huffman Award from the Ohio Bicycle Federation. The presentation to Ms. Squire was part of the March 22 Transportation Summit. The City of Bowling Green was also recognized by the federation with the Cyclist Friendly Community more

Ohio Conference on Freight

Mark your calendar and plan now to attend the 7th Annual Ohio Conference on Freight. Registration will be available in June.

Thursday & Friday
September 12 & 13, 2013
Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio

The program will feature best practices and the latest innovations in freight transportation, infrastructure, and logistics in Ohio and the Great Lakes region. Expect industry leading keynote speakers, workshops, a networking reception, and a facility tour. Bookmark and check back to for details.

The conference director is Christine Drennen: 419.241.9155 ext. 119 or

The Ohio Conference on Freight is a project of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, the National Association of Regional Councils, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Region’s Newest Trail is Named
The 11.6-mile railroad right-of-way purchased for development in Lucas and Wood counties as a bike/hike trail has been officially named the Chessie Circle Trail by the operating partners. Called the Westside Corridor before the property was acquired, the new name is a tribute to the trail’s rail history and Toledo’s railroad more

Public Hearing – Turnpike

The Ohio Turnpike Commission confirmed public hearings on a plan to increase tolls. The plan calls for a 2.7 percent increase on January 1 each year starting in 2014 and lasting through 2023. After that, toll increases will be tied to the rate of inflation.

The public meeting for northwest Ohio is Monday, May 13, 5:30 p.m., at the Maumee Municipal Building, 400 Conant St., Maumee.


Ozone Action Season
May - September

TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services partner during Ozone Action Season to keep the public informed and to try to reduce the amount of ozone precursors produced locally. In the summer of 2012 there were a significant number of days when the ozone levels called for precautions. See the data more


Public Meeting: Water Quality
Management Plan

A public meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom to review updates to the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan).

Communities in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Michigan cooperate to maintain the 208 Plan to ensure that sewer infrastructure plans are coordinated and that we meet the standards of the Clean Water Act. Meetings have been held in all five counties and local changes and agreements have been consolidated in the update. Following public review, the plan will be presented at the Environmental Council meeting May 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom. For questions, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Welcome Portage River Coordinator
The four-county Portage River Watershed has a new watershed coordinator. Beth Landers has stepped in to the role. She is housed at Wood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and is based in Bowling more

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Member Highlight
Northwestern Water and Sewer District

The Northwestern Water & Sewer District (NWSD) is a regional governmental agency operating under ORC 6119 that builds and maintains water and sewer service for customers in Wood County. The district was organized in 1994 to assume the water and sewer operations of the Wood County Sanitary Engineer’s Office. A nine-member board of trustees oversees operations for service to 15,000 users throughout the more

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Upcoming Events

May is Bike Month
Click here for Bike Month activities
Eric Kellstadt, 419.241.9155 ext. 115

"Friday Night by the Tracks"
a National Train Day
Toledo Preview Party

Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Get Tickets here Contact: Diane Reamer-Evans 419.241.9155 ext. 117

National Train Day Toledo

Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Amtrak Station and Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Contact: Diane Reamer-Evans
419.241.9155 ext. 117

TMACOG Tech: Who's on First?
Defining Roles in
Economic Development Efforts

Friday, May 31, 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155, ext. 105

Ohio Conference on Freight
September 12 & 13, at the Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky
Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119