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ETCOG Happenings - April 2019
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APRIL, 2019
ETCOG HAPPENINGS
 
EDA regional director, ETCOG Executive Director, East Texas Economic Development District Board Chair, and ETCOG Board Chair pose for a photo in front of an ETCOG logo banner and flags.
 
ETCOG Receives $375,000 Grant from EDA to Create a Regional Broadband Infrastructure Development Plan
 
Jorge D. Ayala, Regional Director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), visited ETCOG offices today to join in announcing its award of $375,000 to ETCOG to support with the development of a regional broadband strategic plan for 14 counties in East Texas.
 
ETCOG applied for the grant in December proposing to develop a strategic plan that will help identify and address existing gaps in broadband access for businesses across the region. In addition, the grant will help the region capitalize on its strengths and opportunities related to long-term economic development, create or enhance an environment that is conducive to job growth, and improve infrastructure and overall community development to improve the quality of life.
 
The grant is issued to the East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD) administered by ETCOG which is comprised of representatives from East Texas economic development agencies and elected officials. With the $375,000 grant, ETCOG and its local economic development partner agencies have committed to an additional investment of $161,000 in local matching funds, for total project funding of $536,000. 
 
 
HONORING EAST TEXANS
ETCOG Presents Regional Awards
Collage of photos from the board meeting featuring award winners holding their glass etched awards.
 
ETCOG honored regional citizens who exemplify excellence in performance, innovation, and contributions to the community at its 98th Semi-Annual Board of Director’s Meeting.
 
It was our honor to distribute awards of excellence to our Regional First Responder of the Year, Katlyn Loury; Regional Citizen of the Year, Kevin Scully; Regional Corporate Citizen of the Year, the East Texas Center for Independent Living; Regional Committee Service Award, Christina Anderson; and ETCOG Employee of the Year, Beverly Brown.
 
Our featured speaker at the meeting was Ginny Lewis Ford, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC), who spoke on the work going on at the capitol during the 86th Legislative Session and how TARC supports and advocates on behalf of Councils of Governments and the work that they do to support their regions. 
 
 
Photos from the East Texas Reception
East Texas Reception 2019
 
East Texas leaders met with legislators on March 6th at the Fairmont Austin for the 5th biennial East Texas Reception. The reception was hosted by ETCOG on behalf of East Texas County Judges and Commissioners to honor legislators while in session. At the event, East Texas legislators were given the opportunity to address the audience of approximately 120 regional leaders. 
 
 
New Building Plan Review Service Available for Member Jurisdictions
 
ETCOG announces a new service offering fast, reliable, and affordable Building Plan Review services to our member jurisdictions for commercial and non-commercial building code reviews. Through a new subcontractor, ETCOG has secured member access to expert plans examiners, the capability to issue faster permits with an electronic plan review process, and a 10 -15-day turnaround on plan decisions. The new service offers benefits to cities and counties offering building code enforcement to help minimize construction delays, manage overflow demand, and quickly clear up backlogs.
 
The ETCOG Executive Committee recently supported forming a partnership with a sister Council of Governments in Louisiana, the South-Central Planning & Development Commission (SCPDC) based in Gray, LA, who is an experienced provider of Building Plan Review services.
 
The new service is now available through ETCOG and our member jurisdictions are encouraged to contact us for questions and assistance.
 
Approximately 40 volunteers met at the capitol to advocate for senior needs. Photos are of groups of volunteers at the Texas Capitol in matching
 
Student HireAbility Navigator, Sonia White, at a community event assisting a visitor with program information.
 
Meet Our New Student HireAbility Navigator
We are excited to introduce Sonia White, a new Student HireAbility Navigator serving in our Workforce & Economic Development division, through a new position funded by the Texas Workforce Commission.
 
The Student HireAbility Navigator program is a statewide strategy to improve and increase services to transitioning students with disabilities, ages 14 to 22. We work closely with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS VRS) to support and advance their mission to serve all students with a disability that impacts employment.
 
The Student HireAbility Navigator Program serves as a resource in the area of workforce development to support, expand, and enhance the provision of pre-employment transition services provided by TWS VRS in collaboration with community partners, organizations and workforce development programs.
 
 
GoBus Trip Stats
March -  8,324   +630 from FY18
February - 8,083  +796 from FY18
January - 8,312  +1,441 from FY18
 
 
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Athletic fundraiser April 27 in Longview will feature live auction, armadillo races
by CHRIS CRADDOCK
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The Kilgore College Foundation will host an athletic fundraiser Saturday the size of Texas featuring a live auction, silent auction and a new event this year – armadillo races.

 

“A Texas-Sized Fundraiser” is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Longview Exhibit Building at the Longview Fairgrounds.

 

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include dinner and a bidder number.

 

The event will also feature Bingo, armadillo races with celebrity jockeys and live music by the band, Lees & Co.

 

The night is sure to be filled with excitement as attendees participate in a live auction for items such as a week’s stay in a vacation home in Mexico, designer purses, artwork, sports memorabilia, firearms and much more.

 

“We are thankful for all of the people and businesses donating time and auction items so we can make this fundraiser a night to remember,” said Jimmy Rieves, KC athletic director.  “We are doing everything possible to ensure our student-athletes are taken care of and are so thankful for the local support we have received.”

 

Rieves said that the fundraiser is all about helping the college’s best assets – its students.

 

“Many times, our student-athletes have the desire, but not the financial resources to attend college,” Rieves said. “Money raised will directly help our student-athletes have a better chance of being successful and fulfilling the college’s mission of student access, success and completion through collaborative partnerships.”

 

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit KC student-athletes.

 

For more information, visit www.kilgore.edu/a-texas-sized-fundraiser or contact Kristan Propes at 903-988-7537 or kpropes@kilgore.edu.

 

 

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