Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services to Hold Oklahoma City Public Hearing

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The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, will hold three public hearings across the state regarding proposed amendments and updates to the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and Supported Employment Services (Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

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Travel Time Data Brings New Transportation Analysis Capabilities to ACOG

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Ever-increasing amounts of data about our transportation system are becoming available to transportation planners, and analysis of this data is revealing patterns and informing critical infrastructure decisions. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the current federal transportation law, places increased emphasis on performance management within the Federal-aid highway program and transit programs, and requires use of performance-based approaches in statewide, metropolitan, and non-metropolitan transportation planning. As a first step to implementing a performance based planning process (PBPP), ACOG is currently determining appropriate congestion measures for the Central Oklahoma region which will be reported in the Congestion Management Process. The goal of the CMP is to outline the state of congestion in the Central Oklahoma region and develop recommendations for managing traffic congestion based on detailed data analysis, that in turn will impact proposed roadway construction projects included in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the goals and objectives identified in what will be Encompass 2040, the region’s next long-range transportation plan.

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Funding Tops Discussions During 9-1-1 Day at the Capitol

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Emergency communications leaders from across the state gathered Tuesday, April 15th  for their annual “9-1-1 Day at the State Capitol” event. Much of the discussion among the 9-1-1 leaders and with state legislators revolved around Senate Bill 1445. Senate Bill 1445 failed to gain approval from the House’s General Government Committee earlier in the month. The bill would have allowed counties to increase the current service fee from $.50 to $2.25.

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NeighborWalk Brings Walkability to Oklahoma City Public Schools

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On Thursday, May 1st and Friday, May 2nd, 5th grade students from three Oklahoma City Public Schools will learn about walkability and active transportation through the NeighborWalk Youth Walkability Program. Developed via a partnership among the City of Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability, the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s Division of Regional and City Planning, NeighborWalk engages children, teachers, parents and volunteers through a field trip and presentation to the Oklahoma City Council.

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National Telecommunicator Week, April 13-19, 2014

In 1991 a Congressional resolution designated the second full week in April each year as National Telecommunitor Week.  Since this time, public safety agencies nationwide have recognized Telecommunicators, dispatchers, communication operators and radio control personnel for the pivotal role they play in public safety.

Public safety dispatchers provide a critical service to the community and all emergency personnel while performing their duties with integrity, quality, accountability and respect.  As the first person on the scene of nearly every crime, fire and medical emergency, the 9-1-1 dispatcher continues to be an invaluable resource for agencies of all sizes.

This year we are celebrating 9-1-1 ACOG’s 25 year anniversary.

We will be hosting our annual PSAP contest on April 12th at Andy Alligators. The contest is a 4-man Miniature Golf Tournament for 9-1-1 ACOG PSAPs. We will be delivering gifts to each PSAP beginning April 10th. In recognition of our 25 year anniversary we will be giving each dispatcher a 9-1-1 ACOG jacket.

Each year we honor dispatchers from the 9-1-1 ACOG region. Nominations have been submitted and the awards committee will select the recipients for the 2014 Dispatcher of the Year and 9-1-1 Everyday Hero. The awards ceremony for our Dispatcher of the Year, 9-1-1 Everyday Hero, and PSAP contest winners will be in May. We will announce the date as soon as it is scheduled.

If you have any questions about National Telecommunicator Week, please contact Lysa Baker, 9-1-1 Education Coordinator by email lbaker@acogok.org.

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Oklahoma City Bike Share Program Offers Earth Day Promotion

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For the second year in a row, downtown Oklahoma City’s bike share program, Spokies, will offer free membership throughout the month of April in celebration of Earth Day. New users can register via the Spokies website and use the promo code “EARTH2014” to enjoy a free membership through April 30th.

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Oklahoma City’s First Open Streets Event on Sunday, March 30th

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A stretch of NW 23rd Street – from Western Avenue to Robinson Avenue, to be exact – will be closed off to vehicular traffic but open for people on Sunday, March 30th, as part of Oklahoma City’s first-ever Open Streets event. From 12PM to 4PM, more than 40 businesses and organizations will gather to participate in a celebration of health, wellness and active transportation. Read More…

ACOG Releases Transportation Projects Funding Report

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A report reflecting federally funded projects in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area during federal fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) was recently completed by ACOG.

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Work Towards ‘Text to 9-1-1′ Continues

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Policy Statement and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the provision of Text to 9-1-1 services and other next generation 9-1-1 applications.

The Policy Statement builds upon the earlier voluntary agreement reached between the public safety communications organizations and the four national wireless carriers to offer Text to 9-1-1 service.  “APCO is pleased with the progress of our voluntary agreement and appreciates the Commission’s acknowledgement, through its Policy Statement, of the value of this agreement to serve as a model for extending Text to 9-1-1 services to other parties and platforms,” said APCO President Gigi Smith.

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Regional Water Conservation Measures to be Discussed at Water for 2060 Hot Spot Meetings

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Oklahoma is getting pretty dry, as the latest drought maps show.  In response to the drought crisis, state water agency officials and planning specialists will hold a series of public meetings to share information and obtain feedback on water conservation strategies that could mitigate projected water shortages in Oklahoma’s most compromised areas – the “hot spots”.

Agriculture producers, water providers, and interested citizens residing in and around these areas—those determined to have the most significant water supply challenges within the next 50 years—will be offered an opportunity to shape actions that could collectively satisfy future water demands and thus avoid substantial water shortages projected in those areas. The meetings, hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, will be held March 11 in Goodwell at the Hughes Strong Auditorium on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus, March 12 at the Quartz Mountain Resort (north of Altus), and March 13 in Duncan at the Simmons Center. Each meeting will start at 6 pm.

Oklahoma’s 82 watershed planning basins are likely to experience surface water and/or groundwater deficits by 2060. (A copy of these investigations can be downloaded at: Hot Spot Report). While the magnitude or probability of projected shortages is relatively minor in many areas, each of the dozen Hot Spot basins are facing potentially large and recurring water deficiencies that require more immediate attention. “In 2006, when we initiated the Water Plan update, our overriding goal was to meet the long-term water needs of every Oklahoman,” says J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director. “If we can address the looming water supply problems of those citizens and water users at greatest risk—those residing in identified Hot Spots—then we can certainly implement effective strategies wherever water challenges exist in Oklahoma.”

With the Legislature’s passage of the Water for 2060 Act in 2012—prompted by a priority recommendation of the most recent OCWP update—Oklahoma has become the first state in the nation to establish a statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than is consumed today. To meet this ambitious goal, the Water for 2060 Advisory Council was convened in 2013 to begin formulating conservation practices, incentives, and educational programs that could accordingly moderate statewide water usage. The OWRB, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their contractors support the work of the Advisory Council while conducting more intensive investigations of conservation strategies proposed by the OCWP.

For more information, contact John Harrington at jharrington@acogok.org.

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