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In The News

Retiring silver-haired legislator championed for older Texans

More than a decade and a half ago, Carlos Higgins, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and attorney, volunteered to be a Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) Representative, and now at 82, the Round Rock resident feels proud to have participated in the Texas legislative process.

CAPCOG adopts regional emergency communications strategic plan

In the 2013 Texas Legislative Session, CAPCOG working with Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Paul Workman, passed legislation to designate the agency as the Capital Area Emergency Communications District (CAECD). As of April, the CAECD board approved the first strategic plan for the district that will provide guiding principles for its core functions: 9-1-1, voice and data interoperability, and training and education. Another category includes support systems or tools that enhance emergency communications for the region such as the regional notification system.

National Weather Service, CAPCOG, others discuss emergencies with deaf community

CAPCOG joined the National Weather Service at a forum about tools used to inform the deaf community of emergencies and to receive feedback from those community members. Having an open discussion with those who have particular communication access needs helps foster greater communication during emergencies said a National Weather Service representative during the forum.

CAPCOG taps legal experts for local elected officials training

CAPCOG will host municipal legal experts for a four-and-a-half-hour workshop on being a local representative and best practices elected officials should follow while conducting city and township business.

Planning workshop set for special needs population

CAPCOG will conduct a homeland security workshop at St. Edwards University to increase emergency response teams’ understanding about the needs of special populations — such as children and people with functional and access needs — before, during, and after disasters. Researchers and practitioners from Texas and Louisiana will lead the six hour-workshop, “Working with Special Populations in Disaster: Issues and Challenges,” as they share lessons learned from national and international incidents that can help shape more effective local planning for providing aid to these communities.

TCEQ continues accepting applications for clean engine rebates

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is still accepting Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Rebate Grants Program applications on a first-come, first served basis. The grant program helps pay for the upgrade or replacement of diesel on-road heavy duty vehicles and select non-road equipment.

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Upcoming Events

Jun
1

Meeting: Homeland Security Task Force

The Capital Area Council of Governments Homeland Security Task Force, which meets the first Thursday of every month, will meet to discuss regional Homeland Security initiatives.

Jun
6

Meeting: Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the Office of the Govenor Criminal Justice Division grant programs.

Jun
7

Meeting: Law Enforcement Education Committee

The Law Enforcement Education Committee meets quarterly to provide advice on policies and standards for Basic Peace Officer Course entrance requirements and specialized or mandated in-service training.

Jun
8

Elected Official Training: Newly Elected Officials

CAPCOG will host municipal legal experts for a four-and-a-half-hour workshop on being a local representative and best practices elected officials should follow while conducting city and township business. The workshop is geared towards newly elected officials, but it also can serve as a refresher and provide a new perspective for tenured city council members and aldermen.

Jun
14

Meeting: CAPCOG Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, CAPCOG's governing body, meets the second Wednesday of each month to conduct agency business.

Jun
14

Board of Managers Meeting: Capital Area Emergency Communications District

Hear updates on the Capital Area Emergency Communications District, which oversees 9-1-1 services to local governments in the ten-county Texas State Planning Region 12.

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