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Ohio Conference on Freight



Oregon Bike Trail

Official TIP Report

Pedestrian & Bikeways Staff

Surface Water Improvement Sites

Susstainability Workshop

Ottawa River at UT Campus

NRAC Nominations

Report on Summer Caucuses and Lawmakers


September & October 2013
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September 12 & 13, Kalahari Convention
, Sandusky

Registrations are being accepted until September 6 for the seventh annual Ohio Conference on Freight. Register here for immediate confirmation. Contact the Kalahari Center directly for room reservations: more

JobsOhio Joins Ohio Conference on Freight Partnership

In 2013, the JobsOhio Network is partnering with the Ohio Conference on Freight for the first time. JobsOhio is the state’s economic development agency re-organized under the Governor Kasich more


Oregon Bike Trail Makes Connections

A newly paved connector has completed the 8-mile Oregon Parks Bike Trail which links Pearson Park and Maumee Bay State Park. The new Stadium section completes the long cycling and leisure trail by linking the 4.9 miles of trails at Maumee Bay State Park with the 3.3 miles of trails at Pearson more

TIP Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing transportation projects that were awarded federal funding in Lucas and Wood counties in fiscal year 2013. Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing all projects that had federal authorizations for funding in fiscal year more

Pedestrian & Bikeways Committee

Christine Drennen, transportation public administration specialist, has added to her TMACOG responsibilities. She is now staff support for the Pedestrian & Bikeways Committee. She replaces Eric more



Surface Water Improvements

On curbed streets, the gutters direct stormwater to storm sewers. However storm sewers can get overwhelmed during heavy rains and it is generally better practice to manage stormwater closer to where it falls than to channel it into built structures. But in a neighborhood without curbs or other infrastructure to direct water during heavy rains, stormwater will pond in any low spot. Residents can find that water stands in potholes, on sidewalks, and in yards. There are several strategies to treat stormwater without draining it into the stormwater sewer more

Sustainability Commission Discussion

The Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission is inviting interested people to attend a workshop on Wednesday, September 25 on the topic of developing a sustainability plan for the region. The September 25 meeting is the second of two sessions. The workshop will be held at the University of Toledo Scott Park campus at 2225 Nebraska Ave, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Following the workshop, the attendees are invited to stay for a public open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the theme of Greater Toledo: Going Beyond Green.

The goal of the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission is to develop and adopt a holistic model of sustainability addressing all three aspects of the triple bottom line: natural systems, social systems, and economic systems. This second workshop will focus on plan implementation, next steps, and key players.

The Greater Toledo: Going Beyond Green plan has been made possible with financial support from the City of Toledo, Lucas County, Toledo Community Foundation, Owens Corning, TARTA, and others.

To register for the September 25 workshop, contact Melissa Greene at 419.893.1966 ext. 5, or click on the form here.

Ottawa River Stream Restoration

A restoration project is bringing much needed habitat in the Ottawa River where it flows through the main campus of the University of Toledo. In just three weeks, a team led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed work to address the three-quarters mile stretch with a variety of strategies. To mimic undercut banks, workers installed LUNKERS (see photos). They also strategically placed stones in the stream to vary the water flow. On the shoreline, some large stepping stones are bendway weirs that redirect water flow and reduce more

Nominations Invited for Clean Ohio Committee

The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) of Lucas County is inviting nominations to fill vacancies. The council is an 11-member committee that evaluates applications for and allocates grants from the Clean Ohio Fund in Lucas County. The council is seeking nominations to fill three vacancies, serving three-year terms. Committee members meet to review and rank applications.

TMACOG administers NRAC District 12 in Lucas County. To be a candidate for a position on the NRAC committee, an applicant must be appointed by one of the following types of organizations:
• Local government
• Statewide organization representing agriculture or forestry
• Conservation or environmental organization
• Municipal park system or park district
• Business, realty, planning agency, or port authority
• Soil and Water Conservation District
Two nominees may be from any of these five categories; the third must represent the Soil and Water Conservation District. NRAC service is voluntary without compensation. For more information about NRAC, please visit the website or contact Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Environmental Planning at TMACOG at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Applicants should submit the completed nomination form, a resume, and letter from their organization in support of their nomination. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on October 15, 2013. The nomination form is posted here.


Summer Caucus and Lawmakers Forum

The Summer Caucuses and Lawmakers Forum for TMACOG members was held at Owens Community College on August 12. More than 80 members attended representing 45 jurisdictions, schools, agencies, and more

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Upcoming Events

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

Passenger Rail Forum
October 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St.
Diane Reamer Evans , 419.241.9155 ext. 117

Defining Roles in Economic Development - Michigan Members
Friday, October 11, 8 a.m. -1 p.m., at Monroe Community College
Peggy Ricard , 419.241.9155 ext. 105

Collaboration and Shared Services

Wednesday, October 16, 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Peggy Ricard , 419.241.9155 ext. 105

There is no fee to attend but registration is required. To register and for more information see