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Ozone impact analysis earns national honor

Monday, November 21, 2016

CAPCOG earned a National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2016 Innovation Award in October for evaluating the cost of economic development opportunities in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) if the area fails to meet national air quality ozone standards.

The project entitled “The Potential Costs of an Ozone Nonattainment Designation to Central Texas”, estimated the economic impact between $24 and $41 billion from 2018 through 2046 if this region’s ozone levels fell outside the EPA’s acceptable standards and triggered onerous regulatory consequences. CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program and the Planning and Economic Development Division collaborated on the project for which a final report was released in September 2015.

NADO, based in Washington, DC, promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. Its Innovation Awards recognize regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness.

Chris Schreck, Planning and Economic director, and Andrew Hoekzema, Regional Services director, stand next to NADO Innovation Awards received by CAPCOG. Their  work earned CAPCOG its 10th Innovation Award.

Chris Schreck, Planning and Economic director, and Andrew Hoekzema, Regional Services director, stand next to NADO Innovation Awards received by CAPCOG. Their  work earned CAPCOG its 10th Innovation Award.

> Read the report.
> Learn about the Air Quality Program.
> Learn about the Planning and Economic Division.

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