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CAPCOG speaks at 2018 National Air Quality Conference

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CAPCOG’s Air Quality Specialist Anton Cox highlighted our region’s initiatives for decreasing air pollutions by lowering emissions as a panel participant at the 2018 National Air Quality Conference held in Austin in January. Cox discussed the Air Central Texas (ACT) initiative, which reduces exposure to air pollution through the public taking voluntary actions to decrease emissions, and the Commute Solutions program, which focuses on reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles and thus lowering emissions.

“Sharing our outreach experiences and hearing others’ strengthens our ability to engage and educate the public by learning about successes achieved throughout the nation,” said Cox, who noted the Austin-Round Rock Metro area is the largest in the nation that meets all of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. “Keeping the public educated about how their actions can affect regional air quality helps us continue to meet these standards as the region grows.”

CAPCOG conducts ACT and Commute Solutions outreach through websites, e-newsletters, social media, and direct contacts to educate the public about driving alternatives, Central Texas’ air quality, possible air quality hazards, and how they can support reduction programs and reduce emissions. The conference, conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, included panels that featured some local collaborations such as CAPCOG and its Clean Air Coalition partners.

> For more on air quality, go to the ACT or Commute Solutions websites, and
> Like Air Central Texas and Commute Solutions on Facebook.
> Learn more about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG releases GeoMap 2017 orthoimagery of region

Thursday, February 08, 2018

CAPCOG has made available the most recent aerial imagery, or orthoimagery, of the ten-county region through its GeoMap program. The program provides local governments with accurate imagery for facilitating projects related to economic development, land-use planning, utility maintenance, transportation planning, floodplain mapping, 9-1-1 mapping and more.

GeoMap 2017 captured 6- and 12-inch resolution orthoimagery that provides a useful base-map display as it is spatially accurate for distance measurements and feature identification. It also can be a source for GIS data creations, including planimetrics. Since the project is complete, the imagery also is available for purchase by non-participating organizations such as engineering and development firms.

GeoMap has been a cooperative purchasing program that has saved local jurisdictions more than $11 million since it started in 2002. To provide further savings and more benefits, CAPCOG has partnered with the Texas Natural Resources Information System’s Strategic Mapping Program to collect the 2018 imagery. That project’s acquisition phase was just completed and delivery is expected later this fall. CAPCOG will coordinate the 2019 orthoimagery projects for the region in late spring and into summer of 2018.

> Find information about purchasing orthoimagery and other GIS data.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Division.

Van Arsdale leads CAPCOG Executive Committee

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The CAPCOG Executive Committee elected Cedar Park City Council Member Corbin Van Arsdale to serve as its 2018 chair. Van Arsdale was first elected to the Executive Committee in 2015 and served as its first vice chair in 2017 when he presided over a number of meetings. He also has served as the Executive Committee liaison to the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. Van Arsdale, a former Texas House representative, was first elected to the Cedar Park City Council in 2014.

Other officers elected to serve in 2018 by the CAPCOG Executive Committee included:

  • First Vice Chair – Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty
  • Second Vice Chair – Leander Council Member Andrea Navarrette
  • Secretary – Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape
  • Immediate Past Chair – Hays County Judge Bert Cobb
  • Parliamentarian – Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long

The Executive Committee meets every second Wednesday of the month and serves as the Capital Area Emergency Communications District Board of Managers.

> Learn more about the governing body.

TCEQ seeks alternative fueling stations grant applications

Thursday, February 01, 2018
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced a second round of grants to continue the development of a network of natural gas and other alternative fuel fueling stations. Seven counties in the CAPCOG region are in the grant’s eligibility area including Lee and Fayette counties.

Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grants are meant to help build a foundation for a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel vehicles in the state. Grants are available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities in 83 counties. Counties in the CAPCOG region include Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson. The TCEQ will accept applications until 5 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 29, 2018.

AFFP grants are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and are offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own, and operate alternative fuel or natural gas fueling stations in the Clean Transportation Zone. AFFP grants offset a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing natural gas or alternative fuels, or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities. Eligible fuels for the AFFP include compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG); biodiesel; hydrogen; methanol; propane (LPG); and electricity.

> Apply for an AFFP grant.
> Learn more about TERP.
> Learn about CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program.

TCEQ offers clean school bus grants

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) started taking applications for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP), Texas Clean School Bus (TCSB) program. The program grants money to school systems to replace pre-2007 diesel-fueled school buses with new ones or to cover costs of eligible retrofit projects.

TCEQ will accept applications on first-come, first-served basis until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2019, or until all available funds have been awarded.

Texas school districts, charter schools and transportation systems provided by countywide school districts can help Texas reduce air emissions from diesel-powered school buses by applying for the TCSB program. School buses proposed for replacement or retrofit must be used on a regular daily route during the standard school year and have at least five years of useful life remaining.

Maximum grant amounts for school bus replacement projects are included in the TCSB Request for Grant Applications. TCSB grants may reimburse up to 100 percent of the cost to purchase and install a retrofit device and associated equipment.

> Read the TCSB Request for Grant Applications.
> Learn more or get updates about TERP.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

Contact TERP at 800-919-TERP (8377). 

New facility brings enhanced training to 9-1-1 district

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Emergency telecommunicators enrolled in Solacom and teletypewriter (TTY) courses in December were the first to train in the new CAPCOG facility designed specifically for enhancing the education of answering 9-1-1 calls.

“The new training center is designed for the telecommunicator educational environment,” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG Emergency Communications Division director. “It is much more flexible for mock training and can allow instructors to easily transition into lectures and demonstrations.”

CAPCOG’s previous training space allowed for 11 students and shared the outer edge of the Austin backup center while the new dedicated space allows for 16 workstations. Each workstation is equipped with a fully functional 9-1-1 console like they have at their municipal or county public safety answering points (PSAPs) which allows students to experience scenario driven training as if it was a live call. The room also is more conducive for telecommunicators to view instructors or demos while interacting with workstations. “This facility allows CAPCOG instructors to further immerse trainees in a call taking environment very similar to what they are used to, so the motions and responses learned during courses are more likely to become second nature,” said Kelsey Dean, CAPCOG PSAP specialist.

The dedicated training room, which is adjacent to the new regional backup center, also will allow for additional emergency call taking space if a situation needs more telecommunicator space. Once fully equipped the regional backup center could house more than 100 emergency telecommunicators from around the region.

> Find 9-1-1 related training courses.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Emergency Communications Division.

National Air Quality Conference comes to Austin

Friday, January 19, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies is hosting the 2018 National Air Quality Conference from Wednesday to Friday, Jan. 24 to 26, 2018, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.

The conference will bring together air quality professionals from federal, state, local and tribal air pollution organizations; metropolitan and regional planning organizations; environmental and research organizations; and industry representatives. Attendees will learn the latest information on air quality forecasting and mapping, air quality and your health, and innovative outreach programs.

Conference programs will begin Wednesday morning with an optional "AQI & AirNow 101" session for those new to air quality programs, and it will officially kick off Wednesday afternoon with an opening plenary session, followed by focused breakout sessions, exhibits, and a poster session. Breakout sessions will include two tracks: air quality forecasting and mapping, and communicating air quality. Friday afternoon will feature a closing plenary session.

> Learn more about the conference.
> Read the conference agenda.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature grants region extra seats

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To help fill the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) with active and committed representatives who are 60 or older, the organization expanded the number of representatives for the counties in the CAPCOG region from five to eight.

“Having extra positions from across the region provides higher visibility to older adult issues that we are facing regionally and statewide,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) director. “These new positions aren’t just for our region; they are really at-large positions with the expectation that you represent seniors throughout the state.”

TSHL representatives volunteer to recommend legislative changes affecting older Texans before each state legislature. They work on broader community issues requiring members to share ideas, learn from example, and be persistent about promoting beneficial change. Before each State Legislative Session, the TSHL provides a platform to state legislators for consideration. Its members also testify on bills during the session.

AAACAP works with TSHL to find representatives willing to serve and has sought to fill these new positions with rural volunteers to help ensure issues are addressed by a diverse demographic.

> Learn more about AAACAP.
> Learn more about TSHL.

CAPCOG honors Stephens with Parmer Volunteer Award

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CAPCOG presented Cathy Stephens, a Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources senior planner, with its Phill Parmer Volunteer Service Award in December for her many years of service on the Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee and her contributions to improving regional air quality.

Stephens first joined the advisory committee in 2001 while working with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organizations, but continued to contribute to the group after being hired by Travis County. As an advisory committee member, she helped draft several regional air quality plans including the current Ozone Action Plan. She has helped pass idling legislation and played a vital role for Travis and Williamson counties becoming the only counties in the country to voluntarily implement a mandatory vehicle inspection and maintenance program.

The Phill Parmer award is named after CAPCOG’s longest serving Aging Advisory Council member from Llano County. He also volunteered as an ombudsman throughout the region and advocated for senior issues in the state legislature.

Travis County Senior Planner, Cathy Stephens, holds the CAPCOG Phill Parmer Volunteer Services Award. She was presented the award in December. Travis County Senior Planner, Cathy Stephens, holds the CAPCOG Phill Parmer Volunteer Services Award. She was presented the award in December.

Conley receives 16th Jack Griesenbeck Regionalism Award

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

CAPCOG awarded Hays County Commissioner Will Conley with the 16th Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award for his efforts and commitment to regionalism especially in the area of transportation.

Conley, is a former chair of the CAPCOG Executive Committee, the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and the Capital Area Initiatives Foundation. He has also chaired the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for several years and is a member of many other regional and local organizations. “I am very proud of the things we are able to accomplish on the local and regional level here in Central Texas,” Conley said. “I think what we do matters. I think it makes a difference in people’s lives.”

“This awards honors significant efforts in regional cooperation in the ten-county capital area,” said Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long, who presented Conley with the award. “During his tenure… Commissioner Conley has helped influence transportation in a whole new way. He has tirelessly worked with local, state and federal transportation leaders to further real transportation solutions in the region.”

The award is named after former Bastrop County Judge Jack Griesenbeck, CAPCOG’s first chairman. It recognizes a person who consistently advocates a regional and multijurisdictional approach through their work with local governments, nonprofits and other organizations.

Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long (Right) presents Hays County Commissioner Will Conley  with CAPCOG's Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award. Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long (Right) presents Hays County Commissioner Will Conley  with CAPCOG's Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award.

CAPCOG Executive Committee to conduct 1st 2018 meeting

Friday, January 05, 2018

The CAPCOG Executive Committee will meet Jan. 10, 2018 for its first meeting of the new year as it welcomes four new members to the board after their election at the December General Assembly Meeting. Joining the committee are Hays County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Pflugerville Council Member Mike Heath, Buda Council Member Wiley Hopkins and State Representative Celia Israel, who serves as a non-voting member.

Twenty-five county and municipal elected officials sit on the CAPCOG Executive Committee which has a dual role as the Capital Area Emergency Communications District’s (CAECD) Board of Managers. The governing body conducts business for the COG regarding budgets, contracts, and general policies and procedures for operating the agency.

The Executive Committee convenes at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The January meeting will include election of officers for 2018. The CAECD Board meets at least quarterly immediately following the Executive Committee; its first 2018 meeting also will be in January.

> Learn more about the Executive Committee.
> Read about the CAECD.

Homeland security plans emergency management training for region

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Homeland security and emergency management training coordinated by CAPCOG during the 2018 fiscal year builds on prior disasters that have affected the region, but it also looks to prepare the region for incidents yet to happen such as complex coordinated attacks, terrorist attacks and cybersecurity threats. More than seven courses are planned for the year with one having already taken place in November.

“CAPCOG is coordinating training workshops to help plan and mitigate hazards targeted in its homeland security strategic framework— wildland fires, flooding, cyber threats, terrorism, mass violence and riots, infrastructure loss, infectious disease and pandemics, and hazardous material incidents,” said Eric Carter, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. “It’s important to continue to study, learn and practice in emergency management, so current best practices tested throughout the world can be enacted instinctively here.”

Upcoming courses include an All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters workshop in February and an Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals in March. In several wildfire and flooding incidents across Central Texas, rescuing and handling animals has played a big factor in disaster response. The course helps emergency management personnel create strategies to not only care for and rescue animals, such as livestock, but also prevent animals from becoming a public health risk during a disaster while protecting people’s property. Specials events are abundant throughout Central Texas and include activities, such as downtown holiday strolls and massively attended cycling competitions. The Event Security Planning workshop focuses on educating smaller and more rural communities’ public safety officials to recognize and plan adequate strategies and security measures to prevent and mitigate incidents that may occur during such events.

> Learn more about these training courses and see future training opportunities.
> Register for training workshops at

A Tornado Awareness workshop kicked off homeland security training for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Twenty attendees representing entities throughout the region learned about tornado science, weather forecasting, and the tornado warning process while learning how to better implement safety measures.

Aging programs improve seniors’ independence, health

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP), a CAPCOG division, is offering its first educational workshop to help older adults reduce chronic pain, and it is seeking volunteers to help prevent seniors from falling.

“By teaching seniors how to lessen their chronic pain, we are helping them manage their health so they can live as independently as possible,” said Kate Gibbons, CAPCOG health and wellness program coordinator. “We are also offering volunteers a chance to provide seniors the same help in their local communities by becoming fall prevention coaches.”

In January, Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock is hosting a Chronic Pain Self-Management workshop. The evidence based intervention program is a six-week workshop that provides older adults with techniques to decrease frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation caused by suffering chronic pain, while teaching them easy movement exercises and nutritional facts for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance. The course, which is taught in two- and a half-hour sessions, also discusses medication usage, rest and how to communicate with family, friends and doctors about pain. The Stanford Patient Education Research Center developed the workshop.

AAACAP is leading a two-day course in February to teach volunteers to be coaches for A Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention programs. Once completed, volunteers can partner to run fall prevention programs for seniors reducing their fear of falling and increasing their activity levels. The program is based on Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University research.

> Register for the workshop and the coaches’ course is available.
> Read more about AAACAP.
Jill Findlay, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area assistant director, leads a health and wellness program geared towards managing chronic illnesses. Jill Findlay, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area assistant director, leads a health and wellness program geared towards managing chronic illnesses.

CAPCOG sets criminal justice grant workshops

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division released the Plan Year 2019 requests for applications for four grants that CAPCOG and its Criminal Justice Advisory Committee provides funding recommendations. CAPCOG has scheduled two mandatory workshops on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 to inform organizations about the application and review process. Each workshop will review the grants’ eligibility and requirements and discuss priorities and the region’s strategic plan created from community stakeholders’ input.

These grant programs allow local organizations to purchase needed equipment and technology upgrades, implement evidence based programs to address community identified problems, and serve community members while they recover from crimes. They include the General Victim Assistance Program, the Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program, the Juvenile Justice Grant Program, and the Justice Assistance Grant Program. CAPCOG has not received an estimated allocation for the region, but it anticipates allocations to be within 10 percent of the Plan Year 2018’s budget estimate — $7.2 million, $385,851, $430,979 and $462,612, respectively. CAPCOG received 50 applications in Plan Year 2018 of which 41 grants received $12.8 million in funding from the Governor’s Office, which distributes funding and administers the grants.

Organizations seeking to apply must have at least one representative attend a CAPCOG workshop. Applicants should also review the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Strategic Plan, Criminal Justice Funding Priorities and the Governor’s request for applications.

> Register for Jan. 10 workshop.
> Register for the Jan. 11 workshop.
> Review the Criminal Justice Strategic Plan.
> Review the Criminal Justice Funding Priorities.
> Read more about the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Program.

CAPCOG announces 2017 Air Central Texas Awards

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) celebrated the organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the region’s air quality at the Air Central Texas Awards in November. The awards promoted future community action to support the goals of the region’s ongoing air quality planning efforts.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Dr. Bryan Shaw delivered a keynote speech during the ceremony that spoke to the efforts of the commission and the region to keep the region’s air healthy. Staying within attainment of the national ozone standard as the Austin region has done for decades “is based on the hard work of the people like the ones you are recognizing here today,” Shaw said.

Organizations that received awards this year ran programs that helped educate the public about air quality issues, made efforts to influence air quality policies and encouraged drivers to seek more sustainable commuting options. They included:

  • City of Austin - Transportation Department - 2017 Air Central Texas Public Sector Award
  • Movability Austin - 2017 Air Central Texas Private/Nonprofit Sector Award
  • Emmis Communications Austin - 2017 Air Central Texas Media Award
  • Cathy Stephens, Travis County - 2017 Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award

Winners of the 2017 Air Central Texas (ACT) Awards  pose with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Dr. Bryan Shaw. Pictured from left to right are Shaw, Alix Scarborough and Thomas Butler with Movability Austin, Cathy Stephens with Travis County, Cari Buetow with the City of Austin Transportation Department, and Kathy Good with Emmis Communications.

> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

Homeland Security Program starts grant process

Thursday, November 23, 2017

CAPCOG announced its process for jurisdictions seeking funding from the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) State Homeland Security Program grants. In recent years, the 10-county CAPCOG region has received between $1.4 and $1.2 million per year. CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Division will host mandatory workshops on Dec. 12 and 15 for those seeking the program’s funding. The workshops will cover funding eligibility; application requirements; federal and state rules; regulations and certifications required for applicants; and application deadlines. Applying jurisdictions must send one representative to a workshop, but CAPCOG encourages any project managers or grant writers seeking funding to attend. Workshop registration is available at

> Register to attend a workshop.

The OOG will open the application process on Dec. 15, 2017 at All submitted projects must have a connection to FEMA’s nexus of terrorism and be completed by Jan. 26, 2018, so CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Task Force can review and prioritize projects. The CAPCOG Executive Committee recommends a final prioritized list to the OOG, which has final program approval. Last year CAPCOG reviewed more than 40 applications and the highest priority projects addressed an identified threat or hazard, while demonstrating a regional solution that either sustained or expanded existing homeland security programs. About a third were funded.

> Learn more about the grant program.
> Read about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

RLEA hosts new course for would-be county jailers

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) in December will conduct its first ever course that will let licensed peace officers qualify to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Jail Certification Test allowing them to serve as county jailers. The course reduces the amount of instruction required to become jailer certified since peace officers already have significantly more training, and it can allow counties to fill jailer positions by hiring officers who have municipal or state policing experience.
Sheriff’s departments will generally hire deputies as county correctional officers first, because they can work up to a year before having to take a 96-hour jailers course and test for a jailer certification. The CAPCOG offered course, Basic Jail Certification Courses for Sworn Texas Peace Officers, however excludes topics already covered in a basic peace officer course and focuses its 32-hour curriculum on the correctional specialty. It covers topics such as inmates’ rights, inmate discipline, facility security, booking procedures, and ethical conduct.

CAPCOG is offering this course at the request of a sheriff’s department but is bringing the education opportunity to all the region’s policing agencies and officers. Besides offering mandated TCOLE courses for officers to maintain or advance their licenses, CAPCOG regularly coordinates the instruction of requested courses to assist policing agencies with specialty training. “The goal of the academy is to fulfill the educational needs of the region’s peace officers and work with departments to improve policing throughout the communities in the ten-county region,” said Randy Holmes, CAPCOG RLEA director. “CAPCOG is always willing to offer training opportunities that local jurisdictions recommend, so they can best serve their communities.”

> Register for this course.
> Find other law enforcement training courses.
> Learn more about RLEA.

Striking a Balance moves to December, balances family caregivers

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and AGE of Central Texas rescheduled one of the region’s largest educational events for family caregivers, Striking a Balance, to Saturday, Dec. 2 after the heavy rains threatened the conference’s August attendance. Family caregiver attendees will learn coping skills to address the challenges of caregiving from national, state and local experts, but also their peers.

This year’s keynote address, “Why am I so Stressed?” will be delivered by Jane Meier Hamilton, CEO and founder of Partners on the Path, an organization that helps caregivers preserve their health, well-being and capacity to care through education. Hamilton herself is a 40-year nurse and 20-year family caregiver. “Unlike when you are a nurse who goes home at the end of the day, when it is your loved one, it is in your heart and in your mind all the time,” she said. “The talks I do come from my own struggle to stay healthy and resilient.”

Striking a Balance will feature multiple breakout sessions with topics addressing caregiver resiliency, difficult behaviors related to dementia, safe driving for older adults, and financing long-term care. Caregivers will also connect with organizations and service providers that offer caregiver support, education, training, and in-home and long-term care services.

Family caregivers register for Striking a Balance.

The conference will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Austin, 6505 North IH 35. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. AGE’s Austin Adult Day Health Center will offer free off-site respite by reservation. Call 512-600-9275 to reserve.

> Learn more about AAACAP.
> Learn more about Age of Central Texas.

General Assembly to hear State of the Region Address

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CAPCOG will present the State of the Region address with a new twist involving audience participation this year at the Dec. 13 General Assembly Meeting at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin, 3401 South IH 35 Frontage Road. This interactive State of the Region presentation will let attendees learn about progressing regional efforts and their corresponding data across all CAPCOG program areas.

During the meeting, the General Assembly also will elect the 2018 Executive Committee, and CAPCOG will honor two individuals by presenting the Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award and the Phill Parmer Volunteer Service Award. Named after Bastrop County Judge Jack Griesenbeck, CAPCOG’s first chair, the award honors someone who consistently advocates a regional and multijurisdictional approach through their work with local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations. The Parmer award recognizes someone’s dedication to the region through their volunteer efforts. It is named after CAPCOG’s longest serving Aging Advisory Council member and longtime aging volunteer, Phill Parmer of Llano.

> RSVP to attend the meeting. 
> General Assembly Representatives and CAPCOG Advisory and Policy Committee members contact Mason Canales for a code for a complimentary lunch.

Solid Waste grant funding available

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Local governments can apply for CAPCOG Solid Waste Grant Program funding to help implement diversion programs throughout the region. The grant program has an estimated $177,000 in pass-through funding available from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The application deadline is Dec. 29 and funding will be distributed in 2018 and 2019.

“This popular program is the only state offered grant monies designed to provide residents with responsible avenues for managing solid and household hazardous waste, extend local landfills’ life expectancies, and increase solid waste recycling rates,” said Ken May, CAPCOG regional program coordinator, who noted CAPCOG has distributed more than $9 million to over 350 projects since 1992.

CAPCOG is hosting grant application workshops on Nov. 10 and Dec. 6 which will cover topics such as eligibility, the selection process, reporting requirements and sample projects. Morning and afternoon workshops will be available. Project funding categories include:

  • Household hazardous waste management
  • Environmental local enforcement
  • Litter and illegal dumping clean-up and community collection events
  • Source reduction and recycling
  • Citizens’ collection stations
  • Educational and training programs
  • Other projects, including scrap tires projects

> Learn more about the grant.
> Register for a workshop.
> Read about the CAPCOG Solid Waste Program.

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