9-1-1 ACOG Hosts Certification Workshop

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On August 19-21, 9-1-1 ACOG hosted an APCO Institute training course, certifying 13 emergency communication professionals as certified training officers.

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Dispatcher Celebrates 30 Years of Service

9-1-1 ACOG Dispatcher City of Norman Carolyn Glover

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Carolyn Glover has accomplished something that a very small percentage of her peers in public safety communications have ever done, she has been “saving lives” of Norman residents for 30 years. Because of a variety of factors, including stress and shift work, it is rare to hear of a dispatcher staying in the profession for this length of time. Carolyn started as a dispatcher on August 15, 1984 as a fire dispatcher and transferred to the police department when the dispatching services were combined in the late 1990’s.  “Carolyn remains a spark of energy within our 911 center.  I can count on one hand the number of dispatchers in the State of Oklahoma that I know who have reached this milestone”, says Lance Terry, Communications Manager for the City of Norman. The City of Norman, as well as the profession as a whole, is lucky to have such a dedicated individual who is committed to serving the citizens of Norman.

 

9-1-1 ACOG Exceeds National Accuracy Standards

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Each year 9-1-1 ACOG has its addressing and map data audited by an outside firm to determine the accuracy level of the data used to route 9-1-1 calls.  In this audit, a comparison is done between individual records of every wireline phone in the ACOG region, the Master Street Address Guide (MSAG), and the GIS map data created in-house for call routing.  For the fourth year in a row, the accuracy level maintained by 9-1-1 ACOG has exceeded the national standard.

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O’Connor Joins ACOG as Director of Transportation & Planning Services

ACOG KCATA Kansas City Missouri Oklahoma City OKC Edmond Yukon Norman Midwest City Del City MWC Mustang Nichols Hills Village Transportation Association Governments Metropolitan Planning Organization Regional Transit FHWA FTAThe Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) is pleased to announce Daniel J. O’Connor has been appointed Director of Transportation & Planning Services.   O’Connor returns to his native Oklahoma City from Kansas City, where he served for the past five years as Director of Planning & Special Services for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), the regional transit authority for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

As ACOG’s Director of Transportation & Planning Services, O’Connor will lead the Central Oklahoma metropolitan planning organization’s team in the development of the region’s multi-modal 2040 transportation plan.   His experience restructuring KCATA’s bus route network and planning bus rapid transit routes will be assets in advancing discussion of regional transit in Central Oklahoma.

After receiving a Masters of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma, O’Connor began his career as a long-range planner in ACOG’s Transportation & Planning Services division. His familiarity with the ACOG regional transportation programs and his transit planning expertise will enhance ACOG’s efforts to best serve its member local governments and constituencies across Central Oklahoma.

Local Governments Offered Free Trees Through Tree Bank Foundation

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City and county government agencies are among those eligible to apply for free trees through the Tree Bank Foundation, an Edmond-based 501(c)3, for placement in public areas such as neighborhood entrances, trails, parks, main streets and more. Applications are due to the Tree Bank Foundation by 5PM Friday, September 5.

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Committee Recommends Rail Transit Options for Central Oklahoma

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Since 2009, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments’ (ACOG) Regional Transit Dialogue (RTD) has been exploring the feasibility of expanding regional public transportation in Central Oklahoma. Comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors, a 37-member Steering Committee chaired by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, has worked with ACOG and project consultants URS on the $1.25 million Commuter Corridors Study to further analyze three prospective transit corridors identified in the 2005 Regional Fixed Guideway Study. On Thursday, July 17th, the RTD Steering Committee formalized its consensus on locally preferred alternatives (LPAs)—the favored transit routes and modes per corridor stemming from study analysis, public input, and community preferences.

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OWRB Plans in-Depth Study for Basin 51

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Basin 51 is a “hot spot” in water resources terminology.  This watershed basin includes the area between Yukon and Watonga and is in the crosshairs for water shortage.

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ACOG Awards $2.5 Million for Bike-Ped Projects, Announces Second Round of Funding

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The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. TAP is a federal funding source in the MAP-21 legislation dedicated for bicycle and pedestrian projects. ACOG was allocated approximately $2.8 million for the 2013-2014 funding cycle.

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Earthquakes Discussed at Logan County Town Hall Meeting

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Over five hundred citizens at a Town Hall meeting last week had a chance to talk to the experts concerning the earthquakes in their neighborhoods.  Dr. Austin Holland from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and Tim Baker from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission both fielded questions from a packed Waterloo Baptist Church in Logan County.

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