Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments 50th Anniversary Annual Report
ADMINISTRATION Since 1968, the administrative staff of TMACOG keeps all the systems going that allow the programmatic departments to serve member concerns. Administration manages all the normal business routines including grant maintenance, human resources, communicating with members and partners, paying the bills, and maintaining open records and reports. Finance, Audit & Administration For the seventh consecutive year, TMACOG was recognized by the Ohio Auditor of State for exemplary financial reporting. When the budget allowed for investments in the physical plant in 2017, TMACOG staff chose to upgrade meeting facilities for members. In the TMACOG boardroom and library, new technology includes drop down screens, builtin computer access for presentations, HDMI ports accessible from several locations, and a touch-screen/smart board system designed for interactive meetings. Other investments improved office security and communications equipment. Communications The Communications staff provides web development and design, social media, signage, media relations, printed materials, public relations, and designs and implements advertising and public information campaigns. In 2017 social media took a larger role in many outreach efforts. Membership & Outreach To streamline and improve service to TMACOG’s 150 members, in 2017 Membership & Outreach was established as a department separate from Communications. Membership continues to be strong with a 99% renewal rate in fiscal year 2016. Several new members chose to join or re-join TMACOG: New Governmental Members • Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission • Sandusky County Non-governmental Members • AAA Northwest Ohio • Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative • We Are Traffic, LLC Annual Administrative Events The TMACOG General Assembly is the annual business meeting with election of leadership. In January 2017, the program welcomed new members and new elected officials with a breakfast where TMACOG staff introduced themselves and explained how members could access services. At the business meeting, Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough was elected Chair of TMACOG for a second term. Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw was elected Vice Chair. She replaced Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards who stepped down after a year of service. City of Maumee Mayor Rich Carr, TMACOG member since 1968, with TMACOG President Tim W. Brown. 6. The period of 1980 through about 1985 proved to be lean times for regional organizations and local governments. As a result, TMACOG began focusing on the state and local governments for program direction and funding. Without some of the federal funds and mandates, TMACOG membership began to decline and its budget dropped significantly.1980’s
The mid-year meeting of TMACOG members is a Summer Caucus and Forum with State Lawmakers. Held at Penta Career Center, the 2017 event welcomed a panel of nine elected officials from Ohio and Michigan including state senators and representatives. The panel answered questions that were generated by members meeting in caucus sessions, and panel members also stayed for a casual luncheon where they were accessible for additional conversation. Throughout the year, TMACOG Tech sessions provide professional development and training opportunities. • “Ohio Sunshine Laws and Open Meetings Regulations” in April brought required training to the region. Elected officials are required to complete four hours of training during each elected term. • “Personal Expression and the Workplace” was a response to questions about employee use of social media, bullying, and harassment. Experts from The Employers’ Association provided guidance. • “JobsOhio 101” was a presentation from executives at Ohio’s private non-profit corporation providing resources to local government and industry. • “Agricultural Actions for Clean Water in the Western Lake Erie Basin” was presented in partnership with the Southeast Michigan Council of Government (SEMCOG) at Monroe County Community College. The program reviewed current science related to agriculture and water quality with reports from scientists and working farmers. See the >Audit Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 Review >presentationsfrom TMACOG Tech: “Agricultural Actions for Clean Water in the Western Lake Erie Basin” TMACOG’s >Calendar is continually updated on the home page 1980’s In 1988, with the adoption of the Year 2010 Transportation Plan, major transportation projects began to be implemented through environmental studies, feasibility studies, and preliminary engineering. 7.