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Conference on Freight

Chessie Circle Trail

Water Quality Department

Green Infrastructure Updates to Web

Nominations Sought

August & September 2015

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TMACOG Tech: Being Prepared when Opportunity Knocks

TMACOG and partners in Ohio and Michigan have prepared a TMACOG Tech program focusing on a comprehensive economic development strategy for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Save the date for Friday, October 16, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. This TMACOG Tech will be at the Monroe Bank & Trust office, 10 Washington St., Monroe MI, 48161.

The program will look at opportunities presented by the widening of I-75 in both states. A site consultant will explain how communities can become engaged in business site selection.

2015 Conference on Freight - Early Bird Rates to Expire

Breaking Boundaries: Building a Future Together

Invitations to the 2015 Conference on Freight detail a strong program addressing issues in the freight and logistics industry. Open the invitation and see all the details here.
This year’s conference will be September 14-16 in Cincinnati. Early bird registration ends August 14. The early registration rate for accommodations at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza will also expire August 14 or earlier.

See all the current information in the invitation and follow late developments at more


Chessie Circle Trail Ribbon Cutting
A section of the Chessie Circle Trail operated by the City of Toledo was formally opened with a ribbon cutting July 2. The first identifying sign was also unveiled. Signage and markings will be coordinated among the five partners operating the trail as it is developed more


Water Quality Council Established
Following several months of discussion and study, TMACOG members and leadership have agreed that a focus on clean, safe, water supply should be a top priority of the Environmental Planning Department. To that end, TMACOG has established a new Water Quality Council which will replace the Environmental Council. The transition to the Water Quality Council began with the new fiscal year, July 1, more

Green Infrastructure - New Resources for Planners
TMACOG has created new resources on the web site to organize information about green stormwater infrastructure in northwest Ohio.

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an approach to managing stormwater runoff that emphasizes infiltration, evapotranspiration, or rain water reuse to mimic natural systems. Examples of GSI include residential rain gardens, bioswales with engineered soils, permeable pavement, and many more strategies. Stormwater managers in the region have been putting these GSI strategies to use over the last several years. The new webpages are one way to share information about what works and why.

The pages will be regularly updated with input from TMACOG members and members of the Stormwater Coalition. The pages show a map of infrastructure in use, technical resources for stormwater managers including training sessions and cost/benefit calculators, information about how local governments use GSI, and links to additional resources including the GSI task force.

TMACOG Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin says that the Internet resource serves a valuable role. “Local knowledge is critical to a successful green infrastructure installation. These pages give us a way to help one another make informed decisions about green infrastructure installations in our region.”

There are pages where stormwater managers can submit data about their experiences with green infrastructure. Gerwin says, “In addition to building a system that works to manage stormwater and protect water quality, we also need to know the cost.” Local managers and inspectors are invited to share the cost of construction, cost to maintain, and performance data.

Seeking Nominations for Clean Ohio Fund Committee

The Lucas County Natural Resources Assistance Council District 12 (NRAC) is seeking nominations for four committee vacancies. The council is an 11-member committee that evaluates applications for and allocates grants from the Clean Ohio Fund in Lucas County. NRAC service is voluntary without compensation. The council is seeking nominations to fill four vacancies, serving three-year more


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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucus and Legislators Forum
Wednesday, August 5
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107

2015 Conference
on Freight

Monday - Wednesday, September 14-16
Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza
: Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Sandusky County Realtors Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sandusky County Economic Development Corp.
2511 Countryside Drive, Suite C, Fremont, OH 43420 Contact: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

TMACOG Tech; Being Prepared when Opportunity Knocks
Friday, October 16, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monroe Bank & Trust Contact: Peggy Ricard 419.241.9155 ext. 105