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Summer Caucus

Regional Water Study Released

Green Infrastructure Tour

Grant Funds Available

Gas Cap Testing

Traffic Counting

Ohio Conference on Freight

Maritime Academy Tour

Cenetr for Emergency Preparedness

July & August 2016

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Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers

A large panel of elected officials have accepted the invitation to attend TMACOG’s 2016 Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers. This year’s event is Thursday, August 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon. It will be held at the Penta Career Center in more


Regional Water Study Released

On June 15, TMACOG, with partners the City of Toledo and Lucas County, released a consultant’s report comparing water rates under three different scenarios. The study is one of several in the region that will provide tools for local governments and to TMACOG’s Regional Water Planning Committee as discussions about regional water supply go more

Green Infrastructure Tour

In late May, more than two dozen elected officials, stormwater planners, urban planners, and engineers took a tour of some of the region’s green infrastructure installations. The bus tour was organized by the TMACOG Stormwater Coalition and Ohio Balanced Growth Program. At the various stops engineers and landscape architects involved with the projects explained the design and function of the infrastructure and took questions. more

Status of Transportation Grant Projects

TMACOG is now accepting applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects to be funded as soon as State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018. There is approximately $785,000 available for Lucas and Wood counties. The deadline for application submittals is August 12, 2016. Projects have typically been fundable at 80 percent of construction costs plus construction engineering. The local sponsoring jurisdiction is responsible for the 20 percent balance of those costs as well as project preparation expenses. Additional information about the use of TAP funds can be found on the Federal Highway Administration website, under the FAST Act (Guidance on Transportation Alternatives here). If you have any questions about TAP applicatons, please contact Transportation Planner Lance Dasher at 419.241.9155, ext. 115.

The application process for the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) is closed as of June 3, 2016. The STBGP is the new name for the Surface Transportation Program (STP). TMACOG received 33 applications requesting more than $41 million in STBGP dollars. With local matching funds, these projects have a total cost of more than $71 million. Approximately $11 million will be awarded to these regional projects. The projects to receive funding will be ranked and selected by October 19, 2016.

Leaking Gas Caps Cost Money, Cause Pollution

TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services team up to find and replace leaky gas caps. The summer program shares information about how gasoline vapor contributes to low level ozone pollution and provides free replacements for any leaking more

Traffic Count Season
TMACOG’s summer traffic interns are traveling TMACOG’s transportation planning area collecting 2016 traffic counts on area roads and updating the GIS file that locates K-12 schools. Their work keeps data used by planners current and more


Ohio Conference on Freight

Early registration for the tenth annual Ohio Conference on Freight closes July 29. Register now for the best value and to ensure your place on the tours. A reminder that the conference is a month earlier this year: August 22-24. It will be held at the brand new Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

All the information needed to plan for a useful and valuable conference is in the electronic invitation. Click on the link and flip the pages to see all the details about workshops, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities.


Maritime Tour
Members of the Freight Advisory Committee recently toured the Maritime Academy of Toledo and got a chance to use its ocean freighter simulation center.

The Maritime Academy is a charter school for grades 5 through 12 with both a college-prep and career-oriented curriculum. Students, called cadets, can earn their passport, merchant marine license, and Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) card for careers in the maritime industry. Cadets also learn skills that can lead to careers with the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard.

At the Maritime Academy, Wood County Engineer Ray Huber, Monroe County Planner Lee Markham, Lake Township Trustee Ken Gilsdorf, and Brenda Rice of the Adrian & Blissfield Railroad work on the simulator to pilot a 700-foot ship out of New York harbor, past the Statue of Liberty, and out to sea in calm weather, a sudden storm, and in fog.

Director of Maritime Studies Rick Brown and Simulation Specialist Jerry Bauman supervised.



Center for Emergency Preparedness Offers Wide Range of Training

For many years, business, industry, and emergency responders in northwest Ohio have had access to one of the state’s most comprehensive training facilities. Now, with new training materials and other improvements over the last year, the Center for Emergency Preparedness at Owens Community College has even more to offer local more


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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucuses and Legislators Forum
Thursday, August 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Penta Career Center
Contact: Jennifer Allen ext. 107

Ohio Conference on Freight
August 22-24, at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Contact: Christine Connell ext. 119