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In the News: News from November 2018

Aging Services extends hand to area nonprofits and other organizations

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

CAPCOG’s Aging Services is conducting a second Your Partner workshop after the initial workshop was highly attended. The workshop is a comprehensive overview of the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Capital Area services, so care managers and helping professionals can be better informed about resources for older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The second Your Partner workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan. 11, 2019 at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

“It is wonderful to partner with so many folks from our region that perform a variety of tasks,” said Aging Services Assistant Director Siena Lindemann about the more than 45 people in attendance at the first workshop in October. “It takes a lot of us as a community to support older adults and those with disabilities. This workshop lets them see how our piece of the puzzle fits into what they do.”

During the workshop, each program in the division discusses its services and specific avenues for referral and access; some program areas include health and wellness, care coordination, housing navigation, ombudsman, and informational referral. Workshop attendees also get a chance to ask questions about how their organizations can interact and benefit from the services. The workshop also lets attendees network with professionals in similar fields.

> Learn about CAPCOG's Aging Services Division.
> Register for the Your Partner workshop.

GIS Program assists with early Hill Country flooding analysis

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The CAPCOG Regional Planning and Services’ GIS Program assisted the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Llano County with determining height estimations for the Rural Road 2900 bridge reconstruction and disaster debris cleanup efforts through mapping and data collection shortly after the Hill Country floods.

“We are here to help in whatever way we can, especially during emergencies,” said Craig Eissler, CAPCOG GIS program manager. “The CAPCOG GIS team often conducts robust geospatial analysis, but assisting with data collection and dissemination should lead to a swifter recovery and mitigation.” 

For TxDOT, CAPCOG GIS obtained the 50-yr and 100-yr flood elevations and hydrologic discharge, or water-flow, rates from the current FEMA Flood Insurance Study for the Llano River very near where the 2900 bridge to Kingsland washed away. This baseline data will be used with other analysis to begin design for a new bridge. For Llano County, the GIS Program plotted damage assessment data collected in the field using global positioning system (GPS) receivers on a county map according to severity. Creating such a map can assist with prioritizing cleanup and recovery efforts as well as record-keeping for potential financial assistance.

> Read more about the GIS Program.

CAPCOG launches Water Central Texas to consolidate info

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CAPCOG has created a virtual clearinghouse of regional water information as a resource for local governments to find information about water issues throughout the region and state that could impact their jurisdictions and policy discussions they may be having. The clearinghouse, Water Central Texas, is available at watercentraltexas.org.

Providing available information on planning, funding, case studies and reports will hopefully create a one-stop-shop; the site’s data is also meant to support existing water planning groups and initiatives. Water Central Texas features CAPCOG presentations and data analyses of the state water plan; a regional map of water authorities, districts and management areas; resources about water levels and conservation tips and guides; and flood prevention orders and studies. CAPCOG plans to continually expand collected information on best practices and case studies for water system conservation and flood mitigation as well as provide a list of funding resources that assist with implementing water management planning measures and infrastructure. CAPCOG also is interested in posting studies done by local governments that could be shared.

> If there is other information that would be helpful, contact Christiane Alepuz in the Regional Planning and Services Division.
> Go to watercentraltexas.org.

CAPCOG General Assembly to receive legislative preview

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The CAPCOG General Assembly will conduct its annual membership meeting on Dec. 12 to elect the 2019 Executive Committee and hear a preview of the 86th Texas Legislative Session from state legislators serving in our region. The meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Austin, 3401 S, Interstate 35 in Austin.

Prior to every Texas legislative session, CAPCOG brings together a panel of state representatives to discuss key issues that could impact cities, counties and other forms of local governments. Topics discussed during previous General Assembly meetings have included regional transportation infrastructure, public safety, property taxes, the state budget, higher education and workforce training. 

CAPCOG has already emailed a list of proposed county and city officials for the Executive Committee elections; however, a final version will be sent with the meetings’ agenda due to contested local elections on Nov. 6. CAPCOG also will announce the recipients of this years’ Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award, that recognizes a person’s pivotal role in strengthening the region through their actions; the Phill Parmer Volunteer Award; the Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award, and the Air Central Texas Outstanding Organization Award.

> RSVP for the General Assembly meeting.
> Learn more about the General Assembly.

Economic resiliency project receives national award

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) awarded CAPCOG the Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Award for its Disaster Resiliency & Recovery in the Texas Capital Area, The Economic Impact and Local Response to the 2015 Memorial Day Disaster Event report. The report collected damage assessments from the flood in Wimberley and Hays County to quantify the disaster’s economic impact; it also estimated how such a flood would affect other areas in the region to plan for future resiliency projects.

“It is great to be recognized for the work we are doing to make the region more resilient,” said Chris Schreck, CAPCOG Regional Planning and Services (RPS) director. “This reflects the quality of CAPCOG’s economic resiliency efforts throughout the region in not only its analytical reporting but in helping communities identify projects and apply for economic recovery funds.”

Since the report was completed, CAPCOG has dedicated more resources to providing technical and analytical assistance for projects that mitigate economic damages from Hurricane Harvey and the 2018 Hill Country floods. It’s also helping communities determine what future infrastructure projects could prevent or limit economic disruption caused by businesses closing during and after disasters. This work has been funded by the U.S. Economic Development Agency.
“The Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Award demonstrates the value of regional development organizations and highlights their critical role in promoting economic development,” said Doug Elliott, the 2017-2018 NADO president and East Central Iowa Council of Governments executive director.

> Read the report.
> Learn more about the Planning and Economic Development program. 

Homeland Security sets mandatory grant workshops

Monday, November 05, 2018

CAPCOG will hold two mandatory workshops for local jurisdictions seeking State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding, which has funded projects and public safety equipment such as regional training exercises, disaster planning, command vehicles, hazardous material and SWAT team gear. The workshops will be at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 9:30 a.m.. Dec. 13 at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

CAPCOG anticipates between $1.3 and $1.4 million in SHSP funds will be allocated to the region for the upcoming year. While funds are awarded to local jurisdictions, part of CAPCOG’s ranking criteria is that projects and equipment can be deployed regionally. Workshop attendees will learn about the program’s application process, state and federal rules, supporting documentation, and key dates for the program. As part of this grant process, CAPCOG provides the state with a ranked funding recommendation, but the Office of Governor selects which projects will receive funding.

> Register for a grant workshop.
> Learn more about the grant process.

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