August 28, 2015                                                                       Volume 5, Issue 8
Join NOACA on September 24 for the 2015 Annual Meeting    
Register now for NOACA's Annual Meeting, "Defining Regional Cohesion: Exploring the Value of Collaboration," to be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. The featured speaker is Joanna Turner, executive director of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci will also give a presentation about the state of the region. At the meeting, NOACA will reveal the recipient of this year's Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Regional Contribution and recognize 2015 gold, silver and bronze Commuter Choice Award recipients.

The cost to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting, which includes a reception and dinner, is $75 for individuals, and $40 for students and senior citizens. NOACA encourages organizations to sponsor tables of six for $400. Other event sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit NOACA's website or contact Senior Communications Specialist Gayle Godek for more information.
Events around the region and state    
The following conferences, workshops, and webinars, which have transportation or environmental connections, are coming up soon. You are invited to take advantage of these opportunities:

Storm Water Best Management Practices for Local Roadways
The Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Office of Statewide Planning and Research, along with Ohio's Research Initiative for Locals, invites local governments, planners and engineers to attend the presentation "Storm Water Best Management Practices for Local Roadways" on Tuesday, September 8, 1-2:30 p.m. at ODOT Central in Columbus. You can also participate in the presentation via webinar.

The presentation will focus on integrating storm water best management practices (BMPs) into roadway construction projects for post-construction runoff. Implementing BMPs for storm water management on local roadways can be a challenging task. Information gained from this presentation will help locals identify, select and plan appropriate post-construction BMPs. The presentation/webinar are free, but registration is required.

Shared Streets webinar
NOACA continues to host monthly viewings of Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) webinars at its office at 1299 Superior Avenue in Cleveland. Next month's webinar, Shared Streets, Slow Streets, will be shown Wednesday, September 16, 3-4 p.m. Contact Active Transportation Engineer Melissa Thompson to register.

Ohio Conference on Freight
Registration is now underway for "Breaking Boundaries, Building a Future Together," the 9th annual Ohio Conference on Freight, to be held September 14-16 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza. As the theme suggests, the conference will focus on cooperative relationship-building between people who move goods and those who are responsible for maintaining freight infrastructure. Conference participants can choose to attend breakout and keynote sessions, take freight facility tours and network.

Professional engineers can earn professional development credits by attending.
The cost of the three-day conference is $300. If interested, you must register by Friday, September 4.

Building the 21st Century City: Best Practices in Zoning Symposium
On Wednesday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., the City of Cleveland and Urban Land Institute Cleveland will hold a day-long symposium at Cleveland's Global Center for Health Innovation to discuss modernizing Cleveland's zoning code. The symposium will explore the steps needed to change and update the city's auto-centric policies to policies that address current development needs and promote a more sustainable future. If you'd like to attend, register online or download a registration form. Early registration is available through August 31.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy offers watershed mini grants  
The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in partnership with Dominion, is offering funding grants to organizations that protect watersheds in Ohio. Eligible nonprofit watershed organizations can apply for general operating (up to $1,000), marketing (up to $1,500) and project-specific (up to $2,500) grants.   

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy supports vibrant and prosperous communities by preserving, restoring and maintaining environmental assets, including clean water, farmland, wildlife areas and parks. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 560 properties and more than 42,000 acres in Ohio. Applications for watershed grants are due on August 31. The Land Conservancy is also offering grants to nonprofit organizations for tree-planting projects.
NOACA Board of Directors meets September 11       
NOACA's Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. At the meeting, members will consider approving:
  • NOACA's Fiscal Year 2015 Overall Work Program Closeout report, highlighting the work of the agency from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.
  • A consultant to prepare a Transit-Oriented Development Plan for Northeast Ohio.
  • Five projects totaling $17.5 million that are proposed for inclusion in the long-range transportation plan and/or Transportation Improvement Program.
  • Priority projects for Statewide Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding and ODOT Major New Construction funding.
All of NOACA's Board of Directors and committee meetings are open to the public.
Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414, ext. 100