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In the News: News from November 2017

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.

TCEQ announces TERP rebate grants

Monday, November 06, 2017
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Program announced its Rebate Grants Program that provides financial incentives to repower or replace older heavy-duty diesel vehicles and select non-road diesel equipment.

The grant program will official open Nov. 30, 2017, and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications may not be submitted at this time; however, TCEQ made draft documents available for would-be applicants to review.

> Check out the draft documents.

A portion of the funding allocated to the Rebate Grants Program will be set aside for applications from entities:
that qualify as a small business as further explained in this document; and
with vehicles or equipment destroyed by Hurricane Harvey

The final request for applications, application forms, and maximum rebate grant amount tables will be available on Nov. 30, 2017. TCEQ is hosting a workshop on the grant's application process in Austin on Dec. 4, 2017 and in several cities around the state before the Austin date.

1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2017
12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E
Austin, TX 78753

San Antonio
1:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Southwest Service Center
6927 W. Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78228

1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
1905 Leary Lane
Victoria, TX 77901

Corpus Christi
1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
Coastal Bend COG
2910 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78408

1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
South East Texas Regional Planning Commission
2210 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77703

6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX 77055

9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center
720 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77504

> Look for upcoming TERP meetings and workshops.
> Read more about the TERP Rebate Grants Program.
> Contact TERP staff  at 800-919- 8377 or with questions.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

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