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FEATURE

Transportation
Summit


Prism Award

TMACOG Tech

ENVIRONMENT
GLRI funding

TRANSPORTATION
Train Day

Bike Month



EVENTLINE
April & May
2014

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FEATURES

The Role of Transportation in Regional Revitalization

Please register by Friday, April 4 for the twentieth Transportation Summit which will be held Friday, April 11, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

See the complete agenda and register here. Or call or e-mail to register: Jodi Rayburg at 419.241.9155 ext. 120.

Three panel sessions – including a unique interactive session - will be followed by luncheon and a keynote presentation...read more

TMACOG Recognized for Excellence

The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce recognized TMACOG with their Prism Award for General Excellence at the annual banquet and awards ceremony held March 27. The chamber represents governments and businesses east of the Maumee River in an area including East Toledo, the cities of Oregon and Northwood, the village of Genoa, and Lake Township. The General Excellence Award is granted to a business or organization of any size based on excellent performance. Criteria for the award include service to the businesses and communities of the Eastern Maumee Bay region, civic and community involvement, and creating business opportunities.

TMACOG President Tony Reams and Director of Communications Peggy Ricard represented TMACOG at the event and were pleased and surprised when the award was announced. Tony Reams said, “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the officers, staff, and members of TMACOG. It’s a tribute to our members’ commitment to regional cooperation and collaboration.”

The Prism award is a glass sculpture by Shawn Messenger, a highly honored local artist whose work is in private collections around the world.

Peggy Ricard, TMACOG director of communications, holds the Prism Award. With TMACOG President Tony Reams and Chrys Peterson, the evening’s emcee.






Spring Sessions

The April 4 session addresses open records and public meetings law, and the May 9 session is an innovative look at expanding accessible design...read more



ENVIRONMENT

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz

When the U.S. Congress finalized fiscal year 2014 appropriations, they included full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This reflects President Obama’s request and is an increase of $15 million from FY 2013. Congress also provided $1.45 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and $906 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The local effect of the funding is that programs where TMACOG and its partners have had successful grant applications in the past are likely to continue to have funding that we could apply for. TMACOG planners noted that grant applications are sought to address specific concerns that have measurable outcomes. Successful applications have goals that are identified as regional priorities. In the TMACOG region, the Portage Watershed Plan, the Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan, and Maumee River Watershed Action Plan are all plans identifying priorities and all have been endorsed by state agencies. Applications that address issues in the plans are stronger contenders.



TRANSPORTATION


Two Days of Train Day Toledo



Join one of the country’s largest celebrations of trains and train travel on Saturday, May 3. And you are invited to a preview party on Friday evening, May 2...read more



Bike Month


Tune up your bike at area bike shops (see the list of shops offering ABC Quick Checks,) stop by Toledo Bikes to learn how to do your own repairs, check out trail and road maps with bike access, and get ready to participate in the many activities of bike month in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

“With increased interest in healthy, sustainable, and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.”
- League of American Bicyclists

This year, TMACOG is making a special outreach to schools, inviting them to participate in Bike to School Day on May 14. While half of children usually walked or rode a bike to school in 1969, as of 2009 only 13 percent did. See a list of events after the jump and check back to the Bike Month webpage for a complete calendar of activities including bike club rides and additional Metroparks activities...read more

 


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Upcoming Events

TMACOG Tech: Ohio Sunshine Law
Training from the Ohio Attorney General's Office
Friday, April 4, 2014,
9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at Owens Community College
Contact
: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105

Transportation Summit
Friday, April 11, 2014, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee Contact: Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Train Day Toledo
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza and the Amtrak station
Contact
: Diane Reamer-Evans, 419.241.9155 ext. 117

TMACOG Tech:

Open Doors, Open Minds. Beyond Accessible Design
Friday,May 9, 8 a.m. - noon at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact
: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105