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What is a COG?

What is a COG?

Connecticut is divided into planning regions, which are first-level political subdivisions of the state. Each planning region is served by a regional Council of Governments (COG) that brings together the Chief Elected Officials (CEOs, or mayors and first selectmen) of the municipalities in the region to discuss matters of mutual interest and to address shared problems. These persons comprise the COG’s governing board and collectively determine the activities the COG will cay out. (When the voters in a municipality elect a mayor or first selectman, they are also electing that person to represent them on the COG.)

Deliberations of the COG are conducted at regular, public meetings. A schedule of and materials for WestCOG’s meetings can be found here. Persons wishing to communicate with the COG are invited to do so through their CEO and/or during comment periods at COG meetings.

A map of Connecticut’s regions, with links to their respective COGs, is below.

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WestCOG CRCOG MetroCOG RiverCOG NVCOG NECCOG NHCOG SCRCOG SECCOG

RFPs, Grants, and Other Opportunities

Current Opportunities:

  • Requests for Proposals

    • WestCOG is seeking an evaluation and development of a regional health insurance collaborative for municipal employees in participating groups in the Western Connecticut Planning Region. Applications are due Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.
    • WestCOG seeks an evaluation of local bus service in this corridor, including CT Transit Stamford Routes 341, 344, and 345 to identify and quantify short- and medium-term improvements that can be made at low to moderate cost. For more information, please download the pdf here. Submissions are due Monday, February 25, 2019.
    • Multi-year wait lists at train stations in the region suggest that the demand for rail commuter parking permits exceeds the parking supply. To date, the market for parking on the rail station has not been quantified; parking largely has been priced without reference to demand or ability to pay. WestCOG seeks an evaluation of a) the need for parking at rail stations, both permit (annual/monthly) and daily parking, and b) locations where parking demand is approaching or exceeds supply. For more information, please download the pdf hereSubmissions are due Monday, February 25, 2019.
    • The WestCOG Foundation is currently seeking qualified Vendor(s) who have expertise with IT, CAMA, and GIS to create effective parcel data for communities without data and to support and manage a Regional GIS CAMA and Parcel View system (Regional GIS) for the Region. That RFP can be found on the foundation website herePlease note, The WestCOG Foundation has extended this deadline to 2/3/2019.

Currently Seeking Proposals

The WestCOG Foundation RFP can be found on their website here.

Regional Health Insurance Collaborative

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Questions and answers

Announcement 

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (“WestCOG”), an association of 18 cities and towns in Western Connecticut (the “Western Connecticut Planning Region”) is interested in evaluating the potential for cost savings through the creation of a regional/interlocal health insurance collaborative (the “Collaborative”), as enabled by Connecticut Public Act 10-174, which allows municipalities and boards of education to join together to purchase employee health insurance. 

WestCOG is seeking proposals from qualified, licensed Insurance Brokerages and/or Agents (hereafter “Proposer”) for the purpose of providing professional insurance, brokerage, and consulting services for an employee benefits plan. The Proposer must have a strong knowledge base and experience with health insurance collaborations and/or associations. A proven track record with at least 3-5 years of successful experience within health insurance collaborations and/or associations will be required. Please include references. The Proposer will be responsible for the outlined “Project description” below for each employer group alongside a potential future Plan Administrator. 

Scope of services 

At minimum, the selected Proposer will be expected to provide the services enumerated below. Proposers may propose and explain modifications to the structure, order, or content of the scope of services, provided justification is given. However, WestCOG is not bound to accept any such changes. Furthermore, WestCOG may adjust or amend the project at its own discretion for any reason. 

  • Identify groups interested in participating in a Collaborative, collect relevant information on existing insurance arrangements. These include but may not be limited to past, present, and expected future data on benefits, costs, membership, service levels, and contractual obligations. 
  • Propose, review, analyze, and evaluate models for a Collaborative. These should include consideration of successful and, as applicable, unsuccessful models in use in Connecticut (e.g., ECHIP, CREC, The Connecticut Partnership Plan) as well as models, practices, and options from other, comparable locations. 
  • The review, analysis, and evaluation should be comprehensive and should provide all necessary information to enable fully informed decisions on the part of interested groups about the viability and value proposition of establishing a Collaborative and, furthermore, about the benefits, costs, opportunities, risks, and prognosis to them individually and jointly for joining and participating in a Collaborative.  
  • Work with interested groups to establish governance for a Collaborative, including development, execution, and management of the processes to establish the Collaborative and for it to begin operations, enroll members, and become self-sustaining.  

Application process 

Format 

Each application should include the following components: 

  1. Cover page with project title; proposing firm; and name, telephone number, and email address for the project manager. 
  2. Approach. This should explain the proposer’s concept of and method for the scope of work (i.e., what steps will the proposer take to satisfy each task? How will the analysis be conducted, and how will success be measured?) Timing, duration, and cost should be specified for each task in the scope of work. 
  3. Work history. Examples of similar or relevant work conducted by proposer in the past, with information on project outcomes and client references. Name, title, employer, relationship to the project, telephone number, and e-mail address should be given for each reference. 
  4. Statement of qualifications. Directory of, task assignments, and resumes for key staff on project. Professional licenses and certifications should be included. The total hours each staff person is expected to spend on each task should be documented. 
  5. Corporate background. Include the history, location(s), length of time in existence, and structure of the firm; documentation of relevant insurance coverage; and demonstration of the capacity of the firm to carry out the project. 
  6. Signature of a representative of the firm having legal authority to contract on behalf of the firm. 
  7. A listing of known complaints regarding the proposer from the last ten years that filed with the State Insurance Commissioner’s Office, including the nature of the complaint and disposition. 
  8. A completed Organizational Conflict of Interest Statement that either warrants that there are no relevant facts or circumstances that could give rise to organizational conflicts of interest, and/or, as applicable, gives a full, written disclosure of any organizational conflicts of interests, including description of the action(s) the proposer has taken or will take to avoid or mitigate such conflict. 

The Narrative may not exceed 5,000 words. Other components have no word limit. 

Material submitted in response to this RFP and received by WestCOG may be subject to the provisions of the Connecticut Freedom of Information law (CGS §1-200 et seq.) 

How to apply 

Proposals are due by the end of the application period, Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. Submissions should be directed to: Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at insurance@westcog.org. 

Submissions should be provided in PDF format, as a single file. The file may be attached to the e-mail, or, in case of a large submission (larger than 10 megabytes), linked in the e-mail. Recipients should enable delivery and read receipts in their e-mail client. No other confirmation will be given. 

Review and contracting 

WestCOG will evaluate proposals received after close of the application period. At this point, WestCOG may invite additional information from selected proposers, including but not necessarily limited to, samples of other work or an in-person interview. 

Should WestCOG determine to proceed with a proposal, WestCOG will begin contract negotiations, including on scope and fee, with the respective proposer. Should WestCOG and the selected proposer be unable to come to an agreement, WestCOG may terminate negotiations with that firm and revisit other proposal submitted.  

It is expected that proposers will be notified of decisions on their submission by March 31, 2019. WestCOG may award the project in part or in full to one or more proposers, and to cancel or to reissue this RFP. Any award will not be final until a contract has been negotiated and executed. 

Communications 

Location of posting 

This RFP may be found online at https://westcog.org/about/rfps-grant-opportunities/ until March 31, 2019. It is the responsibility of interested parties to retrieve and store a copy of the RFP beyond this date. 

Pre-bid meeting 

A pre-bid meeting will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at noon ET at the WestCOG offices and by phone at 712-432-0360, access code 500386#. Attendance, by phone or in person, is optional and is not required in order to respond to this RFP. 

Inquiries 

Proposers may submit questions on this RFP by Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. Questions should be directed to Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at insurance@westcog.org. Answers will be posted online where WestCOG posted this RFP on a rolling basis until the close of business on Friday, February 8, 2019. 

No questions will be accepted by other forms of communication. 

Information about WestCOG can be found at http://westcog.org. 

Addenda and supplements 

Should WestCOG amend or adjust this RFP, such changes will be posted online where WestCOG posted this RFP. It is the responsibility of proposers to check for changes to the RFP. 

Conditions 

Legal requirements 

Contracts awarded as a result of this RFP are subject to all applicable federal and state laws, including those concerning civil rights, nondiscrimination, and equal opportunity. Any responses to this RFP, as well as any work resulting from it, are subject to freedom of information. 

Insurance requirements 

To be considered, proposers must maintain insurance coverage as required by federal and state law. 

Consortia, joint ventures, and teams 

Proposals from consortia, joint ventures, and teams (“groups”) will be accepted. In such cases, a lead firm must be identified for contracting purposes. A work history and statement of qualifications (as described under FormatError! Reference source not found., #4 and #5) must be provided for each member of the group. 

In designating a lead firm, groups should consider the following: 

  1. The lead firm should have sufficient experience and expertise to perform or supervise all facets of the project, and must have sufficient resources to carry out the contractual responsibilities of the group. 
  2. The lead firm will be legally responsible to WestCOG for the performance of, and must perform at least 51% of, the total work awarded under any contract issued as a result of this RFP. 
  3. Firms that are subsidiaries may not rely on the experience, expertise, or resources of its parent firm to meet these requirements. 
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) 

DBE firms are encouraged to respond to this RFP. 

If a DBE firm is proposed, the proposal must clearly identify the DBE firm, the role the DBE will play in the project, and the tasks assigned to the DBE. Proof of Connecticut DBE certification must be submitted with the proposal. Responses that fail to give proof of DBE certification and description of project involvement will not be identified as including DBE participation. 

Nonreimbursement of proposal costs 

Costs associated with responses to this RFP, including proposal development and participation in a selection process, are the sole responsibility of the respondent firms. WestCOG will not reimburse firms for such costs, nor will any selected firms be permitted to negotiate such costs as part of a contract with WestCOG. 

Conflicts of interest 

All relationships that may pose a conflict of interest, and actions that shall be taken to avoid or mitigate these conflicts, shall be disclosed as part of the response to this RFP. 

There are no other requests for proposals at this time. Please check back later for more RFP opportunities.


Currently Seeking Statements of Qualification

Danbury and New Fairfield Corridor Study 

Questions and answers last updated 1/28/29

Q1: Does the study area extends from Main Street Route 53 in Danbury to Route 39 in New Fairfield?

A1: No, the study area extends from the north side of the intersection of Rte 37 with I-84 (exit 6) to the intersection of Rte 37 with Rte 39 in New Fairfield.

Q2: What is the required DBE set-aside for this project?

A2: We anticipate this project will have a DBE set-aside consistent with similar projects in the state. The requirement will be established by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

This RFQ can be downloaded as a .pdf document here. A draft Scope of Work can be found as Attachment A at the end of the pdf.

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) invites Statements of Qualification from consultants and/or firms with experience in transportation planning, transportation engineering, transit, land use and public involvement. 

WestCOG has received funding from the Federal Highway Administration and Connecticut Department of Transportation to prepare a corridor study of a section of Route 37 between the City of Danbury and the Town of New Fairfield.     

WestCOG will accept complete Statements of Qualification, by mail or in person, until 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 8, 2019.   Respondents must submit one (1) original and four (4) hard copies and one (1) digital PDF copy on a flash drive or CD of their Statements of Qualification to: 

Victoria Ricks 

Office Manager 

Western Connecticut Council of Governments 

1 Riverside Road 

Sandy Hook, CT  06482 

Statements of Qualifications that are incomplete will not be considered. Applications will not be deemed complete until all copies are received. 

I.  GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS 

Inquiries 

Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) should be directed to Victoria Ricks at the address noted above or via e-mail at vricks@westcog.org by 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Questions will be posted on the WestCOG website on Friday, January 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. ET. Please note that it is WestCOG’s policy to respond only to technical questions that are received no later than one week prior to the deadline to submit statements of qualification in response to the RFQ. Under no circumstances will WestCOG provide interpretive guidance. 

CTDOT Prequalified Consultants for Year 2019 

Respondents must be prequalified by CTDOT for category 11: Modal Transportation Planning Studies (Highway, Transit, Rail, Ferries/Ports/Waterways, and Bicycle/Pedestrian). 

Freedom of Information 

Respondents are advised that any and all material submitted in response to this RFQ and received by WestCOG shall be subject to the applicable provisions of the Connecticut Freedom of Information law (Conn. Gen. Stat. §1-200 et seq.) 

Signature Requirements 

Statements of Qualifications must be signed by a representative of the firm having legal authority to contract on behalf of the firm.  Statements of Qualifications will be treated as bona fide offers and must remain open for a period of ninety (90) days from the closing date for submissions. 

Statements of Qualifications from Consortia, Joint Ventures and Teams 

Qualifications statements from consortia, joint ventures or teams will be accepted.  In such cases, a lead firm must be identified for contracting purposes.  A qualifications statement must be prepared for each member of the consortia, joint venture or team, and each qualifications statement should clearly identify the lead firm. 

In selecting a lead firm, consortia, joint ventures and teams should consider the following:  (1) the lead firm should have sufficient experience and expertise to perform or supervise all facets of the proposed project; (2) the lead firm will be legally responsible to WestCOG for performance of the total contract; (3) the lead firm must have sufficient resources to carry out the contractual responsibilities of the consortium, joint venture or team; and the lead firm must perform at least fifty one percent (51%) of the total work awarded under any contract issued as a result of this RFQ.  Please note that firms that are subsidiaries or affiliates of another may not rely on the experience, expertise or resources of its parent firm to meet these requirements. 

Submission of Qualifications Statements 

WestCOG will accept complete Statements of Qualification by mail or in person, until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.  Qualifications statements submitted via email or facsimile will not be accepted. 

Please see the section entitled “Format for Statements of Qualification” for additional guidance. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Requirement 

DBE firms are strongly encouraged to respond to this RFQ.  WestCOG will make its best efforts to ensure that DBEs have the maximum practicable opportunity to compete for work on this project. It is anticipated that a DBE requirement will apply to any contract awarded as a result of this solicitation. Details on the required DBE set-aside will be posted no later than the 25th of January, 2019. 

The Statement of Qualifications must clearly identify the DBE firm(s), the role the DBE will play in the project and the tasks assigned to the DBE. Proof of Connecticut Department of Transportation DBE certification must be submitted with the DBE’s qualifications statement. Responses that fail to provide proof of DBE certification and description of project involvement will not be recognized as including DBE participation.  

Equal Employment and Nondiscrimination 

All contracts awarded by WestCOG as a result of this RFQ are subject to Section 4a-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions in contracts of the state and political sub-divisions other than municipalities.” Contracts also are subject to all other applicable state and federal laws concerning civil rights, nondiscrimination, and equal opportunities for employment. 

Insurance Requirements 

Successful firms are required to maintain insurance coverage as required by state and federal law. 

Addenda and Supplements 

In the event that revisions or additions to this RFQ are necessary, a copy of such revisions or additions will be posted online where WestCOG posted the RFQ.  It is the responsibility of the consultant to check for revisions or additions to this RFQ.  

Rejection Rights 

WestCOG reserves the right to reject any and all qualifications statements received in response to this RFQ.  WestCOG also reserves the right to cancel this RFQ at any time and to reissue this or a substitute RFQ at a later date. 

Multiple Awards 

WestCOG reserves the right to issue multiple awards.  WestCOG also reserves the right to retain portions of the work described in the attached scope of work for performance by its own staff, or to exclude portions of the work described in the attached scope of work from negotiated consultant agreements. 

Cost of Qualifications Statement Preparation 

All costs associated with any response to this RFQ, including the development of qualifications statements and participation in the selection process, are the sole responsibility of the respondent firms.  WestCOG will not reimburse firms for such costs nor will any selected firms be permitted to negotiate such costs as part of any contract or agreement with WestCOG. 

Interest of Members or Delegates to Congress 

No member of or delegate to the Congress of the United States shall be permitted to share or have interest in or benefit from, directly or indirectly, any contract or agreement resulting from this RFQ. 

Prohibited Interest 

No member, officer or employee of WestCOG, or member of a local public body having jurisdiction within WestCOG‘s service area, during his or her tenure or one year thereafter, shall be permitted to share in, have interest in or benefit from, directly or indirectly, any contract or agreement resulting from this RFQ. 

Other 

Any firm selected to perform any or all work associated with this RFQ may be required to execute an agreement with WestCOG and meet any conditions on the use of funds imposed by WestCOG,  Connecticut Department of Transportation, or United States Department of Transportation.  All fees will be negotiated and stated in any agreement.   

II.  REQUIRED FORMAT 

The qualifications statement must contain the following information: 

  1.  Letter of interest; 
  2. A concise statement identifying the point of contact for the statement of qualification, their contact information (mailing address, email, and phone number), and proposed project manager. 
  3. General information (for example, brochures) on the consultant and any proposed sub-consultants including description of current workloads; 
  4. Statement summarizing the experience of the consultant and any proposed sub-consultants, including at least five references and summaries of comparable projects (type, scale and scope) performed within the last five years that demonstrate knowledge and expertise in bicycle, pedestrian, and complete streets planning. 
  5. Statement describing the organizational framework for this project, including clear identification of the lead consultant, project manager, and sub-consultants (if any), the roles and responsibilities of each sub-consultant (if any), identification of DBE contractor (if any), and a clear, concise statement disclosing whether or not there are any shared interests among the firm and proposed sub-consultants, e.g. parent-subsidiary, joint ventures, formal affiliations, etc. 
  6. Narrative that describes the suggested project delivery approach and addresses the goals and objectives stated in the scope of work (Attachment A, please download the pdf here);   
  7. Resumes of key personnel to be assigned to this project and the percentage of time they will devote to project activities;  
  8. Proof of Connecticut DBE certification (if applicable); and 
  9. Current Federal Form SF-330 Part II. 

III.  SELECTION PROCEDURES 

 Complete responses to this RFQ that meet all of the listed requirements will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: 

  1. Qualifications of the consultant; 
  2. Qualifications of sub-consultants (if any); 
  3. Qualifications of key personnel assigned to this project; 
  4. Thoroughness, creativity, and clarity of suggested approach; 
  5. Experience and proven record of success with comparable projects. 

A Consultant Selection Team will be convened to evaluate statements of qualification received by the closing date stated in this RFQ.  The highest scoring firms will be required to appear for an interview. WestCOG will notify firms, consortia, joint ventures and teams selected for interview with the Consultant Selection Team within 60 days of the closing date.  The Consultant Selection Team will rank the firms, consortia, joint ventures and teams according to the criteria identified in this RFQ and submit its recommendations to WestCOG.  Selection of any firm, consortium, joint venture or team for this project may be subject to the approval of Connecticut Department of Transportation. 

IV. AWARD

Following selection of the most qualified firm, consortium, joint venture, or team, WestCOG will commence scope and fee negotiations with that firm, consortium, joint venture, or team.  The lump sum fee for the project will be based on the scope of work, job titles, certified payroll records, burden, fringe, and overhead (BF&O) rates, and direct costs.  In the event that an agreement cannot be reached on scope of work and cost, WestCOG reserves the right to terminate negotiations with that firm, consortium, joint venture or team and commence negotiations with the next most qualified firm, consortium, joint venture or team. 

V. RESOURCES 

Firms seeking to learn more about WestCOG are encouraged to visit: www.westcog.org.    

Grant Opportunities

For the latest opportunities, read our latest newsletter and check current transportation notices.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) provides assistance in regional planning, transportation, environmental management, emergency preparedness, economic development, and municipal shared services to a region of 18 municipalities and 610,000 residents.

There are not currently any open positions.

WestCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


About

About WestCOG

Mission


The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) consists of 18 member towns. It is dedicated to preserving and improving the quality of life and economic vitality in western Connecticut. WestCOG works on topical areas such as transportation, housing, community development, environment and open space while providing technical and planning assistance and expertise. WestCOG provides a forum for municipalities to communicate and collaborate in addressing inter-municipal issues and needs.

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Organization

WestCOG is governed by a council composed of mayors and first selectmen. Each WestCOG member municipality is entitled to one representative and one vote on the council.

Function

WestCOG serves as a forum to promote cooperation among its member municipalities. WestCOG can initiate and implement services and programs as authorized by its municipalities. WestCOG also advises the region on land use, economic, emergency, and environmental planning. WestCOG supports the region’s two Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). MPOs are federally-designated bodies responsible for transportation planning. MPOs are responsible for adopting long range transportation plans and endorsing federally funded transportation improvement projects.

Funding

WestCOG receives most of its funding from the federal government in support of its MPO transportation planning functions. This federal funding is supplemented by contributions from state and local sources. WestCOG also receives funding from state and local sources to perform its coordination and regional planning functions. Additional grants fund special projects supported by the region’s mayors and first selectmen.

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Executive Staff

FrancisFrancis Pickering – Executive Director

Francis directs WestCOG’s staff and represents the region to partners, including state and federal agencies. Prior to joining WestCOG, he served as Deputy Director at the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA). Under his leadership, CCRPA worked to improve transportation and integrate of multimodal transportation into community planning. These efforts won CCAPA’s Innovative Plan of the Year in 2013 and NADO’s Innovation Award in 2014. Francis is also active in the development of major regional transportation initiatives and serves on the  Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. Francis holds an M.A. in Environmental Management from the Free University of Berlin (Germany) in addition to a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Connecticut.


Administrative Staff

Patricia Payne – Finance Director

Patty serves as WestCOG’s Finance Director and is responsible for financial reporting, grant tracking and compliance, audit preparation, record keeping, and financial analysis. Patty has a degree in business along with over 25 years of experience in bookkeeping, office management, grant tracking, purchasing, and HR responsibilities.

JoJosephine Harvey – Financial Manager

Jo’s responsibilities include payroll, grant funding, employee benefits, and office management. She started working for HVCEO 25 years ago as the Financial Manager. Jo also worked in a financial capacity for the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) and Housatonic Valley Economic Development Partnership (HVEDP). She worked for CPAs and Comptrollers for 20 years in Texas, Florida, and Connecticut. Jo has an Executive Degree in Business from Berkley College in White Plains, NY.

Victoria Ricks – Office Manager

Prior to joining WestCOG, Vicky worked as a Financial Analyst for Kimberly Clark Corporation for 9 years. She received a B.S in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Vicky’s primary responsibilities include organizing office operations, correspondence, and meeting coordination and preparation.


Planning & Analytics Staff

Kevin Mahoney – Senior Project Manager

Kevin is a civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in the transportation field. He was previously employed with the Connecticut DOT, Federal Highway Administration, the Pennsylvania State University and in consulting. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor.

Michael Towle – GIS Manager

Mike oversees the GIS and Analytical efforts for WestCOG. Mike has an interest in modernizing municipal processes to provide better improved public access to data, increased web security, and engaging data visualization.

He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a M.S. in Geography from Clark University.

Kristin Hadjstylianos – Senior Planner

Kristin assists with transportation planning services at WestCOG, including management of corridor studies and development of the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan. Prior to joining WestCOG, she worked in transportation planning at AECOM and the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency assisting with road safety audits, transit and rail studies, and data analysis. Kristin graduated with a B.A. in Geography with a specialization in Planning from Central Connecticut State University.

Nicholas Trabka – GIS Analyst

Nicholas supports the planning staff with environmental management and transportation projects. Prior to joining WestCOG, he assisted the GIS staff at Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust with their trail mapping project. He graduated with a B.S. in Geography from the University of Connecticut.

Jamie Bastian – Associate Planner

Jamie assists the planning staff on transportation and environmental projects. Jamie has worked in natural resource management for the Town of Old Lyme, CT, the US National Park Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. He received two Bachelor’s Degrees in the Environment and in Music Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in GIS from Central Connecticut State University.

Kristin Floberg – Associate Planner

Kristin supports the transportation planning staff on core projects, additionally she managing the regional traffic counting program and the Snow Removal Operations, Management and Routing study. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a M.S. in Transportation and Urban Engineering and a B.S in Civil Engineering.  Prior to joining WestCOG, Kristin worked on projects relating to street design, street networks, signage, as well as a historical land use and transportation analysis. Kristin is passionate about helping make sustainable and livable communities in Connecticut.

William Kenny – Associate Planner

Will works on a variety of tasks for the Council including public health, emergency management, economic development, Section 5310, the WestCOG Foundation, Inc. Before joining WestCOG, Will earned his A.S. in Marketing from Naugatuck Valley Community College, and B.S. in Public Health Sciences from UMass Amherst. Will has worked in politics, with people who are homeless, as well as on projects to tackle issues related to food accessibility.

Nicole Sullivan – Associate Planner

Nicole supports the Planning staff on administrative, legislative, and transportation projects. Prior to joining WestCOG, Nicole worked at Joseph Merritt & Company in Danbury, Connecticut. Nicole graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and studied abroad in Ireland at University College Dublin.

Ariana  Vera – Associate Planner

Ariana supports transportation planning services at WestCOG. Prior to joining WestCOG, she worked in the insurance industry and in human resources. She also managed routing and schedules for a paving company and as a Product Specialist. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University.

Charles Vidich – Senior Project Manager

Charles has over 40 years of experience in planning and government, including as the Principal Planner at the Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley, where he developed plans, regulations, and legislation related to regional and local planning. He has also served as Manager of Environmental Programs at the United States Postal Service Northeast Region, where he supervised the permitting, environmental review processes and government relations work for a $2 billion annual facilities program; at the national level he served in various capacities including as Incident Commander at the USPS’ Unified Incident Command Center, where he was responsible for anthrax response and coordinating Hurricane Katrina response efforts; as Manager for Corporate Sustainability Initiatives at USPS Headquarters, where he oversaw initiatives at 32,000 post offices nationwide; and as a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health where he conducted research and lectured on quarantine and the challenges of controlling communicable disease outbreaks. Charles has received numerous honors and distinctions, including awards from Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush and Vice President Gore.

Paula Burton – Project Manager

Paula is a recreational trail advocate and planner with over 30 years of experience. Has served as Director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Founding Member and current President of the Housatonic Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, downhill and cross-country bicycle instructor and guide, camp director, as well as 34 years as a high school teacher in Seymour. Paula will work on planning and development of recreational trail systems.

Sam Goater – Project Manager

Sam is a CT Licensed Professional Engineer (PE). Has worked as a Civil Engineer at Dubois & King, Highway Design Engineer 2 at ConnDOT, Senior Associate (Transportation) at the Project for Public Spaces, and Project Engineer at Street Plans. Sam will complete our required Congestion Management Process report, expanding the process to include identification of locations for future interventions and development of design concepts/alternatives. A goal will be to produce a pipeline of future projects for federal and state funding.

Holly Parker – Project Manager

Holly is a Transportation Planner with over 20 years of experience. Holly worked in Eugene OR at Lane Transit District – where she established a successful vanpool network. She spent a large portion of her career initiating programs at Harvard and Yale that resulted in improved transportation options for commuters. Holly was a Senior Transportation Coordinator at TransAction Associates and a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates. Most recently, Holly has been focused on the micromobility sector as Director of Business Development at NOA Technologies Inc., and consulting to Lime. She is Founder/Owner of Less Road Traveled, LLC. Holly will work on regional/local wayfinding and pedestrian/cyclist plans.