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Hennig to helm CAPCOG Economic Development Program

Monday, March 04, 2013


Michael Hennig

The Capital Area Council of Governments has hired Texas native Michael Hennig as its new Economic Development Program manager.

Hennig joins CAPCOG from Austin-based AngelouEconomics, a nationally recognized economic development and site selection firm where he served as president.

With his extensive public- and private-sector experience on tap, Hennig will oversee the development and execution of services that support local and regional economic development activities. This includes analyzing and sharing economic data, managing special projects that support regional planning efforts and economic prosperity and more.

Hennig, whose project experience reaches across the U.S. and abroad, holds a Master of Public Administration degree in economic development from the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurship from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business.

CAPCOG Q&A added to Emergency Notification System request for proposals

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Capital Area Council of Governments has added a question-and-answer update to the collection of materials for its recently published Capital Area Regional Emergency Notification System request for proposals.

The Q&A addresses questions received during the initial inquiry period after CAPCOG's early-February release of the RFP.

Proposals are due at CAPCOG's Austin, Texas, office by 4 p.m. CST Friday, March 8, 2013. 

> Learn more, and get the RFP materials

Ozone Advance Web page launches; survey offers chance to weigh in

Thursday, February 21, 2013

CAPCOG and partners have launched a new online resource to help gain stakeholder input on an upcoming regional ozone-reduction plan.

The project's Web page, which offers details on the emissions-reduction initiative, tools for stakeholder outreach and individual pollution-curbing efforts and a look at next steps - is now live at www.capcog.org/ozoneadvance.

With the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition’s (CAC) acceptance into the Ozone Advance Program, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative to help areas stay in step with federal ozone standards, stakeholders are invited to help develop a new regional air quality plan.

CAC, a Capital Area Council of Governments committee, comprises five area counties charged with implementing the 8-Hour O3 Flex Plan, an ongoing regional initiative to reduce ozone pollution.

Through its advisory subcommittee, the coalition kicked off outreach efforts in February 2013 by presenting a training for interested local government staff and others willing to participate in helping obtain public input. Participating outreach partners would help spread the word about the OAP’s purpose, ozone air quality challenges facing the region and more.

In addition to the tools already available, the new Web page will also soon include links to a calendar for outreach organizers and to an Ozone Advance brochure. 

Organizations interested in outreach training or offering input on the plan as stakeholders can contact Andrew Hoekzema. > Go

> Take the survey at CAPCOG's new Ozone Advance page

Executive Committee plans up-close look at mobile communications resource

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Capital Area Council of Governments Executive Committee will get a chance to kick the tires of Williamson County's emergency mobile communications vehicle during the committee's 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, session at 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, in Austin.

The Regional Mobile Communications Platform 3 vehicle, made possible in part by federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds awarded through CAPCOG, can provide rapid mobile voice and data communications support - including replacing a damaged or destroyed 9-1-1 communication center - in the event of a natural disaster or other major event. Staff from Williamson County's Emergency Communications Department will brief the committee on RMC-3's capabilities and provide a tour.

Also on the meeting agenda: a presentation on regional water issues, updates to Travis County representation on the committee and review or approval of selected agency business. 

As CAPCOG's governing body, the 28-member Executive Committee - including three nonvoting legislators representing State Planning Region 12 - largely comprises city and county elected officials nominated and selected annually to provide direction to CAPCOG staff regarding program implementation, budgets and contracts, and general policies and procedures for managing the agency. Members meet the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

CAPCOG, serving Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties, helps its member governments and organizations maximize opportunities and eliminate duplication on key regional issues.

> Get the agenda packet
> Learn more about CAPCOG

Ozone Action Plan outreach gets under way

Monday, February 11, 2013

With the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition’s (CAC) acceptance into the Ozone Advance Program, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative to help areas stay in step with federal ozone standards, stakeholders are invited to help develop a new regional air quality plan.

CAC, a Capital Area Council of Governments committee, comprises five area counties charged with implementing the 8-Hour O3 Flex Plan, an ongoing regional initiative to reduce ozone pollution. 

Through its advisory subcommittee, the coalition kicked off outreach efforts this month by presenting a training for interested local government staff and others willing to participate in helping obtain public input. Participating outreach partners would help spread the word about the OAP’s purpose, ozone air quality challenges facing the region and more.

Organizations interested in outreach training or offering input on the plan as stakeholders can contact Andrew Hoekzema. > Go

> Explore CAPCOG's Air Quality Program
> Learn more about EPA's Ozone Advance Program

CAPCOG seeking ENS project proposals by March 8, 2013

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Capital Area Council of Governments is requesting proposals by March 8, 2013, to provide an emergency notification system for its 10-county area. Contact Ed Schaefer at eschaefer@capcog.org to register, receive a hard copy of the RFP and scope of work and ensure receipt of any addenda or related communication.

> Get the details, and download RFP materials

Grant proposals for rural community design workshops due March 5, 2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is seeking grant proposals from rural communities by 5 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to plan and host facilitated workshops addressing local livability including quality of life and economic vitality. Selected hosts will receive a $7,000 grant and technical assistance to develop and conduct the resepctive two-day workshop in their area. Cash or in-kind matching funds required. Get details at the CIRD website. > Go

CAPCOG recognizes Constable Dussetschleger for longtime service

Friday, February 01, 2013


CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy Director Mike Jennings (right) heartily thanks Constable Dussetschleger for longtime volunteerism.

The Capital Area Council of Governments has honored Lee County Constable L.E. “Buster” Dussetschleger for a robust record of CAPCOG volunteerism. 

Dussetschleger, with 40 years’ experience in law enforcement, has volunteered with CAPCOG in various capacities including more than three decades of participation on the Law Enforcement Education Committee, service on the Homeland Security Task Force and teaching duties with the Regional Law Enforcement Academy. He was recently presented with a framed certificate of appreciation for his dedication and commitment.

Though newly retired, Dussetschleger will continue serving on the LEEC.

> Learn more about CAPCOG's Law Enforcement Education Committee
> Discover CAPCOG's Regional Law Enforcement Academy

CAPCOG Q&A, agenda added to GeoMap request for proposals

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Capital Area Council of Governments has added a question-and-answer update and a pre-proposal conference agenda to the collection of materials for its recently published GeoMap RFP. 

The Q&A addresses questions received during the initial inquiry period after CAPCOG's mid-January release of a request for proposals to create and update geospatial map data in a two-year regional project.

With proposals due at CAPCOG's Austin, Texas, office by 4 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, potential applicants can ask additional technical questions at the Jan. 31 pre-proposal session. 

> Learn more, and get the RFP materials

Feb. 28 marks Silver-Haired Legislature filing deadline

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Want to serve in the 15th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL), representing senior constituencies for a two-year term? Be sure to file by Feb. 28 for May 28, 2013, elections. Candidates must be 60 or older, registered voters and residents of the Texas district they wish to represent.

The 69th Texas Legislature authorized the TSHL in April 1985 for participants to identify issues and concerns of their peers and propose solutions. In a tradition spanning more than two decades, the 14th TSHL met last September at the Texas State Capitol and adopted 65 resolutions to address the needs of older Texans.

Candidates for the 15th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature whose residence is within the Capital Area Agency on Aging's 10-county jurisdiction should contact agency director Jennifer Scott for information on filing, duties of the office, necessary forms and deadlines. > Go

> Download the election kit
> Learn more about the TSHL
> Sign up for a candidates' course about the TSHL

CAPCOG seeking GIS map project proposals by Feb. 14

Thursday, January 17, 2013

CAPCOG is seeking proposals to create and update geospatial map data in a two-year initiative for the capital area. The RFP process includes a voluntary pre-proposal conference in late January, with proposals due at CAPCOG's Austin office by 4 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

> Learn more about the RFP

Federal bureau seeks nominations for Congressional Badge of Bravery

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Know a law enforcement hero? Tell the world! Law enforcement agency heads are invited to submit nominations for the federal Congressional Badge of Bravery by Feb. 15, 2013. The award, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, honors federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers for exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty during the 2012 calendar year. Participants must provide their nominations online.

> Learn more, and nominate someone today

New report shows regional investments in solid waste reduction

Friday, January 11, 2013

With funding from the state's Regional Solid Waste Grants Program, CAPCOG distributed more than $860,000 for recycling projects and other waste-management initiatives among local jurisdictions across the capital area.

Learn about efforts by CAPCOG and similar agencies across the state to curb illegal dumping, increase material recovery and ensure proper waste disposal in a newly released fiscal 2011 report from the Texas Association of Regional Councils.

> Download the report from TARC's website

CAPCOG Executive Committee gets Congressional guest

Thursday, January 10, 2013

USRepRogerWilliams1-13The first session of CAPCOG's 2013 Executive Committee included a visit from newly elected U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who introduced himself and welcomed the group as its Jan. 9 meeting and legislative forum got under way. 

Williams, representing the 25th Congressional district, will serve on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Committee on the Budget, joining fellow members of the North Texas delegation in the 113th Congress.

CAPCOG's Executive Committee convened at the Robert E. Johnson Legislative Conference Center in downtown Austin to elect officers, hear staff updates, review or approve selected agency business and discuss regional service priorities with state legislators. Topics included emergency communications, homeland security, air quality, solid waste management, law enforcement training, rural transportation, aging programs and economic development.

As CAPCOG's governing body, the 28-member Executive Committee - including three nonvoting legislators representing State Planning Region 12 - largely comprises city and county elected officials nominated and selected annually to provide direction to CAPCOG staff regarding program implementation, budgets and contracts, and general policies and procedures for managing the agency. Members meet the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

CAPCOG, serving Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties, has helped its member governments and organizations maximize opportunities and eliminate duplication on key regional issues for more than 40 years. Formed in 1970, the agency is one of 24 councils of governments in Texas.

CAPCOG launches Blanco County Transportation and Economic Development Plan

Saturday, January 05, 2013

The Capital Area Council of Governments and partners have launched an initiative that for the first time will result in an integrated economic development strategy and official major thoroughfare plan for a rural county in the region.  

The upcoming Blanco County Transportation and Economic Development Plan, expected to cover the current period to 2035, will identify opportunities and solutions to help residents, businesses, local leadership and other stakeholders travel more efficiently and maximize the county's economic potential.

With the initiative proposed to include an advisory committee, public involvement and other key components, project team members from CAPCOG, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute got efforts under way with a Nov. 27 opening presentation to the Blanco County Commissioners’ Court.

A draft of the plan is expected to be completed by August 2013. 

> Download the November 2012 presentation

CAPCOG workshops for state criminal justice funds rescheduled

Friday, January 04, 2013

CAPCOG's Homeland Security division has rescheduled its two January 2013 workshops for potential grant applicants interested in new state funding opportunities regarding criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim services.

The Jan. 7 workshop on the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) and the Juvenile Service Projects funding has been rescheduled to Jan. 18. The Jan. 14 session on the General Victim Assistance - Direct Services Programs grant and the Violent Crimes Against Women Criminal Justice and Training Projects funding has moved to Jan. 23. Both rescheduled workshops will run from 9 a.m. to noon at CAPCOG's Austin offices.

After potential grantees attend the mandatory workshop for the grant in which they're interested and submit their applications to the Governor's Criminal Justice Division, the state agency will forward applications to CAPCOG for review, prioritization and recommendations.

> Learn more

CAPCOG Executive Committee to elect officers, meet with legislators

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Capital Area Council of Governments' 2013 Executive Committee will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Robert E. Johnson Legislative Conference Center in downtown Austin to elect officers, hear staff updates, review or approve selected agency business and discuss regional service priorities with state legislators.

As CAPCOG's governing body, the 28-member Executive Committee - including three nonvoting legislators representing State Planning Region 12 - largely comprises city and county elected officials nominated and selected annually to provide direction to CAPCOG staff regarding program implementation, budgets and contracts, and general policies and procedures for managing the agency. Members meet the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

Immediately following the January meeting, the Executive Committee will host a Capital Area Legislative Delegation Luncheon to discuss legislative priorities for regional services related to emergency communications, homeland security, air quality, solid waste management, law enforcement training, rural transportation, aging programs and economic development.

CAPCOG, serving Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties, helps its member governments and organizations maximize opportunities and eliminate duplication on key regional issues. 

> See the 2013 Executive Committee roster
> Download the meeting agenda
> Learn more about CAPCOG

Central Texas sees decline in college-educated residents

Friday, December 28, 2012

In recent years, the tremendous reservoir of human capital within Central Texas has proved crucial to sustaining the region’s enviable economic performance. Central Texas bests virtually every other U.S. region in annual net influx of college-educated residents per capita, but emerging trends suggest a decline in the area's education-attainment rates. Explore this shift and more in CAPCOG's newly released State of the Region 2012 report. > Go

CAPCOG helps area charities in spirit of holiday season cheer

Saturday, December 22, 2012

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With employee fundraising, CAPCOG was able to donate a total of more than $600 to two area charitable organizations this holiday season.

CAPCOG contributed to Operation Blue Santa, a longtime Austin Police Department outreach effort to bring food and gifts to families in need around Christmastime and Mobile Loaves & Fishes, which helps people who are experiencing chronic homelessness. 

Staff raised the money by buying "dress-down days," which allowed them to wear jeans and denim at work during selected days in December. Participants could also purchase dress-down days for their colleagues.

CAPCOG delivered a donation check to both charities the week before Christmas. Happy holidays!

CAPCOG’s 2012 annual report now available

Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Did you know? The Capital Area Council of Governments has added more than 64,000 cellphones and 146,000 Voice over Internet Protocol phones to the regional emergency notification system, which has been used to warn residents of threats posed by wildfires, floods, chemical releases and criminal activity. Learn about the ENS and more in CAPCOG's newly published 2012 annual report.

> Download the annual report

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