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ETCOG Happenings – May 2023

ETCOG Donates GoBus Vehicle to CampV to

Support Veteran Transportation Needs

We’re thrilled to share that ETCOG and CampV are continuing their partnership to support local veterans in East Texas with their transportation needs through GoBus. On East Texas Giving Day, ETCOG donated a personalized and GoBus-branded Honda Accord to CampV to assist with veterans’ transportation. This generous contribution will go a long way in making it easier for veterans to access the resources they need and the places they need to go.

At ETCOG, we believe in giving back to those who have served our country. That’s why through GoBus, we offer free trips for veterans in our 14-county region and to nearby veterans hospitals. We understand that transportation can be a challenge for veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas, and we’re proud to provide a reliable and safe means of transportation.

“We have identified a service gap where we were unable to offer immediate or after-hours transportation assistance to veterans in crisis. As a solution, we have decided to donate a vehicle to CampV, which will enable their staff to provide these services when we are unable to do so. While we will continue to be the primary transit solution for all of East Texas, this donation will fill an important need for our veteran community, said ETCOG Transportation Director Vince Huerta”

CampV is a veterans resource organization that works tirelessly to support our local veterans. They offer various services, including counseling, job placement assistance, and access to healthcare. Their commitment to our veterans is truly inspiring, and we’re honored to be able to support their efforts.

We want to extend our deepest gratitude to CampV for their dedication to East Texas veterans. We encourage everyone to learn more about their organization and their important work for our community. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of our local veterans.

Veteran Transportation

ETCOG, City of Longview to Host Two-Day

Environmental Enforcement Workshop

ETCOG and the City of Longview are proud to announce joint efforts to host a free Environmental Enforcement Workshop in Longview, on June 6-7, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Maude Cobb Convention Center.

ETCOG is the state-designated organization for municipal solid waste planning in East Texas. We serve as a central point of contact for solid waste management outreach, education, and training for its 14-county region.

The workshop is a two-day training, but participants can attend one or both workshops they believe will benefit. Participants are eligible to earn CEUs during this workshop.

Register HERE

ETCOG Staff Member Receives Rising Star

Award from Texas Transit Association

The Texas Transit Association (TTA) recognized ETCOG’s Transportation Development & Compliance Manager, Preston Garcia, as its 2023 Rising Star. Each year, TTA selects individuals, elected officials, and agencies who have made positive contributions to the transit industry and the State of Texas for its annual awards. Preston was honored to accept the award last week in Corpus Christi at the Annual Conference, Expo, and Roadeo hosted by TTA.

TTA’s Rising Star Award is given to any young employee in the field of transit, age 30 and younger, for exemplary or innovative work to further public transit in Texas.

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Save the Date for the 32nd Annual REACH Conference

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming REACH conference, and event hosted by ETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of East Texas, on October 4-5, 2023, at the Maude Convention Center in Longview.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge trends, exchange ideas, and gain insights from industry experts. The event will feature dynamic keynote speakers, interactive panel discussions, and breakout sessions that address the most pressing challenges and opportunities in our ever-evolving landscape.

Save the date and be prepared to immerse yourself in a stimulating environment where ideas flourish, connections are forged, and new possibilities emerge. The REACH conference promises to be an experience that inspires and empowers attendees to make a lasting impact in their respective fields.

We would be honored to have you join us and be a part of this exciting event. Stay tuned for further details, including registration information and a comprehensive program agenda. Together, let’s REACH new heights of knowledge, collaboration, and success.

REACH Website

Now Seeking Applicants for the Dislocated Worker Program

Are you a Dislocated Worker? Were you laid off from your job? Our dislocated worker program may provide you with an individualized approach to help you get back to work. Services may include individualized job search assistance, training to help you upgrade or learn new skills, and other support services.

What is a dislocated worker? Technically speaking, it is an adult (18 years or older) who – through no fault of his/her own – has been terminated or laid off, received a notice of termination or layoff from employment, is eligible for unemployment insurance, or has exhausted his/her unemployment insurance. A displaced homemaker who is no longer supported by another family member may also qualify.


Workforce Solutions East Texas is seeking applicants for a program that seeks to benefit displaced workers by offering them employment and training services.


Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or WIOA Dislocated Workers Program, we offer tuition assistance for training, case-managed job search services, opportunities for paid work experience, on-the-job training, and supportive services like gas vouchers.

Apply Here

Rusk County Joins ETCOG 9-1-1 Addressing Program

ETCOG announces the expansion of its 9-1-1 addressing program to include Rusk County. As the region’s primary planning and coordinating entity for emergency 9-1-1 communications, ETCOG is responsible for ensuring advanced 9-1-1 services are available to wireless callers, planning for Next Generation 9-1-1, and managing addressing services for cities and counties in the area.

With the addition of this new county, ETCOG’s 9-1-1 addressing program now covers nine counties and 30 cities in East Texas, providing vital information to emergency responders in the event of an emergency. This includes the exact location of callers and details about their address, which can be crucial in situations where every second counts.

ETCOG’s commitment to ensuring that advanced 9-1-1 services are available to wireless callers is a crucial part of its mission to provide the highest level of emergency response possible. By working closely with state and local officials, ETCOG has been able to deploy these services across the region, ensuring that residents have access to the latest technology to protect their safety.

911 Addressing
We are excited to announce the release of the FY22 Solutions Reports! These reports offer a comprehensive overview of initiatives, projects, and programs implemented by ETCOG and its member counties. With a focus on economic development, transportation, public safety, workforce, and environmental sustainability, they provide valuable insights and lessons learned. The reports serve as a platform for collaboration, enabling stakeholders to exchange ideas and replicate successful models. By studying these reports, we can foster partnerships, amplify our collective impact, and drive regional development. ETCOG remains committed to transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement, and the FY22 Solutions Reports exemplify our dedication to excellence.

AAA Completes Smith County Senior

Tech Literacy Pilot Program

ETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of East Texas is thrilled to announce the successful completion of its Tech Literacy Pilot Program, specifically designed to help seniors access and understand digital health resources. This program was developed in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith County, where five individuals had the opportunity to participate and receive a new iPhone 13 after completing the program.

The $10K Aetna Capacity Building Grant was pivotal in introducing this new pilot program, providing seniors with the necessary resources to learn how to use digital devices, navigate the internet, access online health resources, and stay connected with their loved ones.

This initiative is a significant step forward in promoting better health outcomes for seniors, and it’s great to see the AAA working alongside partners like Smith County AgriLife to make it happen. Through this collaboration, the AAA was able to bring valuable digital literacy training to seniors and help them improve their overall health and well-being.

Know Your Role in Security Awareness: Protecting Organizational Sensitive Information

In today’s digital landscape, the importance of security awareness cannot be overstated. As a team member, your role in security awareness is vital to protecting our organization’s sensitive information and maintaining the trust of our clients and partners. By staying informed about the latest threats, following best practices, and reporting any suspicious activities, you contribute to the overall security posture. Your actions can prevent data breaches, mitigate risks, and safeguard our organization’s reputation. Remember, security is everyone’s responsibility, and by actively participating in security awareness, you become an integral part of our defense against cyber threats.

If your community has concerns about its internet or system safety, contact ETCOG. Our Regional Technology Solutions Team can help. You can find out more at

East Texas Council of Governments

(903) 218-6400

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