TMACOG to host 75th Biannual General Assembly
The 75th Biannual General Assembly of the membership of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2006, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. The theme of the event is: Prepare, Preserve, Partner, and Prosper.
The keynote speech will be a joint presentation by Colonel Thomas E. Schart, commander of the 180th Fighter Wing based at Toledo Express Airport, and Wendy Gramza, executive vice president of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. Colonel Schart will talk about the history and mission of his unit, and Ms. Gramza will describe how the base and those stationed there enhance the value and stability of our regional community.
As part of the day’s program, TMACOG members and guests may attend one of three workshops:
Prepared for Anything: Homeland Security Training at Owens Community College
Owens Community College is creating a new $25 million facility that will train the next generation of first responders in our region. Attendees will learn how their jurisdictions will benefit from the new facility.
Preservation: Green Energy and the Stewardship of Resources
New options for energy resources offer local governments the potential to save money while protecting air and water. Windmills offer a new source of renewable energy; while alternative fuels including ethanol and soy diesel are an improvement to existing technology.
Partnership: You’re Both Right
Unlikely partnerships can result in efficient use of resources. In Bowling Green, the National Guard needed a new facility, and the city needed a Community Center. Wood Lane (the Wood County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities), also needed to expand services. Together, the city and the state negotiated land use, funding, zoning and other issues to develop a single facility that serves a wide range of needs.
Cost to attend the 75th Biannual General Assembly is $50 for TMACOG members and $90 for non-members. For more information or to register, call Greg Gettum at TMACOG: 419.241.9155, ext. 132.
Editor’s Note: TMACOG members include governments and non-governmental organizations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan: cities, counties, villages and townships, as well as schools and colleges, park districts and other groups concerned with quality of life in the region. Members work cooperatively to face challenges and pursue opportunities in the areas of transportation and the environment. The primary business of this winter meeting is the election of TMACOG officers including the TMACOG chair, vice chair, and second vice chair.