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Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

A Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a required document outlining transportation planning activities performed in accordance with United States Code (23 CFR Part 450.308). The work program serves as a guide to develop and advance the implementation of plans, programs, and projects that seek to address the ten planning factors identified in §450.306(b)). Such factors include, but are not limited to: preserving and improving the transportation system, enhancing mobility and connectivity, supporting economic vitality, safety and security, as well as environmental considerations.

The UPWP process provides the SWRMPO  and HVMPO technical and support services which assist in selecting transportation investments and setting priorities in the region.

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

Office Manager

Part-time, 25 hrs./week Mon-Fri

WestCOG seeks a qualified person to serve as Office Manager for a thirteen-member staff team, reporting to the Executive Director. Paid vacation/holiday/40i(a) pension for this position, and open possibility for full-time position or advancement in the future. See the Full Office Manager Announcement to apply.


Council Meetings

WestCOG Board of Directors

Leadership

Chairman Rudolph Marconi, First Selectman, Town of Ridgefield
Vice Chairman Jayme Stevenson First Selectman, Town of Darien
Treasurer Julia Pemberton, First Selectman, Town of Redding
Secretary Lynne Vanderslice, First Selectman, Town of Wilton

All Council Members

2020 Meeting Schedule

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Meetings & Minutes

Meeting Date Document Agenda
10-23-2014 Minutes
11-20-2014 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-22-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-19-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-19-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-16-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-21-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-25-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-16-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
08-20-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-17-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-22-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
11-19-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-17-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-21-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-18-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-17-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-21-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-19-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-16-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-15-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-20-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-15-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-22-2016 Legislative Committee Agenda
01-12-2017 Legislative Comittee Agenda
01-19-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
01-23-2017 MinutesCOG/MPO Agenda
01-23-2017 Legislative Breakfast Packet
02-08-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
02-23-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-08-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
03-16-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-05-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
04-20-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-08-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
05-18-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-31-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
06-15-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-20-2017 Canceled Canceled
08-02-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
08-17-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-25-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
10-05-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-30-2017 Legislative Committee Agenda
11-01-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
11-16-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-13-2017 Legislative Committee Agenda
12-14-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-09-2018 Legislative Committee Agenda
01-18-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-15-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-22-2018 MinutesSpecial Meeting Agenda
02-28-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
03-15-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-04-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
04-19-2018 Canceled Canceled
05-02-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
05-17-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
05-17-2018 Canceled Canceled
05-22-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-06-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
06-21-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-02-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
07-19-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
08-01-2018 Executive Committee Meeting - Cancelled
08-16-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-12-2018 Executive Committee Meeting
09-27-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-18-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-31-2018 Executive Committee Meeting
11-15-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-13-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-17-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-28-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-12-2019 Executive Committee Meeting
03-21-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-03-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
04-18-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-10-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
05-16-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-25-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-19-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
08-15-2019 Cancelled Cancelled
09-04-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
09-19-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-02-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
10-17-2019 Minutes COG Agenda
11-14-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
11-21-2019 Minutes COG Agenda
12-19-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-08-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
01-16-2020 Minutes Agenda
02-05-2020 Executive Committee Meeting
02-13-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-04-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
03-19-2020 Cancelled COG Meeting - Canceled
04-15-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
04-23-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-06-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
05-21-2020 Minutes COG Agenda
06-03-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
06-18-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-08-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
07-23-2020 COG Meeting - Canceled
08-05-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
08-20-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-02-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
09-17-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-15-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
11-04-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
11-19-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-17-2020 Interim Minutes COG Agenda

Council Members

Council Members

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

Rudy-marconi

Chairman

Rudolph Marconi
First Selectman
Town of Ridgefield

Vice Chairman

Jayme Stevenson
First Selectman
Town of Darien

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Treasurer

Julia Pemberton
First Selectman
Town of Redding

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Secretary

Lynne Vanderslice
First Selectman
Town of Wilton

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Matt Knickerbocker
First Selectman
Town of Bethel

Curtis Read is the Democratic candidate for Bridgewater first selectman. Photographed in Danbury, Conn. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Curtis Read
First Selectman
Town of Bridgewater

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Stephen Dunn
First Selectman
Town of Brookfield

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Mark Boughton
Mayor
City of Danbury

Fred Camillo
First Selectman
Town of Greenwich

Kevin Moynihan
First Selectman
Town of New Canaan

Pat Del Monaco
First Selectman
Town of New Fairfield

Peter Bass
Mayor
Town of New Milford

Daniel Rosenthal
First Selectman
Town of Newtown

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Harry Rilling
Mayor
City of Norwalk

Don Lowe
First Selectman
Town of Sherman

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David Martin
Mayor
City of Stamford

Christopher Spaulding
First Selectman
Town of Weston

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Jim Marpe
First Selectman
Town of Westport

Meetings

WestCOG Meetings

WestCOG Public Meeting are currently hosted using Zoom.

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  • Zoom ID: 632 336 1237
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Council Meetings

Meeting Date Document Agenda
10-23-2014 Minutes
11-20-2014 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-22-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-19-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-19-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-16-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-21-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-25-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-16-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
08-20-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-17-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-22-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
11-19-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-17-2015 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-21-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-18-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-17-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-21-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-19-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-16-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-15-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-20-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-15-2016 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-22-2016 Legislative Committee Agenda
01-12-2017 Legislative Comittee Agenda
01-19-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
01-23-2017 MinutesCOG/MPO Agenda
01-23-2017 Legislative Breakfast Packet
02-08-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
02-23-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-08-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
03-16-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-05-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
04-20-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-08-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
05-18-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-31-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
06-15-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-20-2017 Canceled Canceled
08-02-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
08-17-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-25-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
10-05-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-30-2017 Legislative Committee Agenda
11-01-2017 Executive Committee Agenda
11-16-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-13-2017 Legislative Committee Agenda
12-14-2017 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-09-2018 Legislative Committee Agenda
01-18-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-15-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-22-2018 MinutesSpecial Meeting Agenda
02-28-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
03-15-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-04-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
04-19-2018 Canceled Canceled
05-02-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
05-17-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
05-17-2018 Canceled Canceled
05-22-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-06-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
06-21-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-02-2018 Executive Committee Agenda
07-19-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
08-01-2018 Executive Committee Meeting - Cancelled
08-16-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-12-2018 Executive Committee Meeting
09-27-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-18-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-31-2018 Executive Committee Meeting
11-15-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-13-2018 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-17-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
02-28-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-12-2019 Executive Committee Meeting
03-21-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
04-03-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
04-18-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-10-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
05-16-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
06-25-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-19-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
08-15-2019 Cancelled Cancelled
09-04-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
09-19-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-02-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
10-17-2019 Minutes COG Agenda
11-14-2019 Executive Committee Agenda
11-21-2019 Minutes COG Agenda
12-19-2019 MinutesCOG Agenda
01-08-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
01-16-2020 Minutes Agenda
02-05-2020 Executive Committee Meeting
02-13-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
03-04-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
03-19-2020 Cancelled COG Meeting - Canceled
04-15-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
04-23-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
05-06-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
05-21-2020 Minutes COG Agenda
06-03-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
06-18-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
07-08-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
07-23-2020 COG Meeting - Canceled
08-05-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
08-20-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
09-02-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
09-17-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
10-15-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
11-04-2020 Executive Committee Agenda
11-19-2020 MinutesCOG Agenda
12-17-2020 Interim Minutes COG Agenda

MPO Meetings

HVMPO

Meeting Date Document Agenda
03.19.2015 Minutes
02.19.2015 Minutes
03.19.2015 Minutes
04.16.2015 Minutes
05.21.2015 Minutes
06.25.2015 Minutes
07.16.2015 Minutes
11.19.2015 Minutes
01.21.2016 Minutes
02.18.2016 MinutesAgenda
03.17.2016 MinutesAgenda
04.21.2016 MinutesAgenda
05.19.2016 MinutesAgenda
06.16.2016 MinutesAgenda
08.12.2016 MinutesAgenda
10.20.2016 MinutesAgenda
11.17.2016 MinutesAgenda
12.15.2016 MinutesAgenda
01.23.2017 MinutesCOG/MPO Agenda
02.23.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
03.16.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
04.20.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
05.18.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
06.15.2017 MinutesAmended MPO Agenda
07.20.2017 Canceled Canceled
08.17.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
10.05.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
11.16.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
12.14.2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
01.18.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
02.15.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
03.15.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
04.19.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
05.17.2018 Canceled Canceled
05.22.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
06.21.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
07.19.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
08.16.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
09.27.2018 Canceled Canceled
10.18.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
11.15.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
12.13.2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
01.17.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
02.28.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
03.21.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
04.18.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
05.16.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
06.25.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
07.19.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
08.15.2019 Cancelled Cancelled
09.19.2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
10.17.2019 Minutes MPO Agenda
11.21.2019 Cancelled
12.19.2019 Minutes MPO Agenda
01.16.2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
02.13.2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
03.19.2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
04.23.2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
05.21.2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
06.18.2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
07.23.2020 MPO Meeting - Canceled
08.20.2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
09.17.2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
10.15.2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
11.19.2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
12.17.2020 Interim Minutes MPO Agenda

SWRMPO

Meeting Date Document Agenda
02-20-2015 Minutes
03-19-2015 Minutes
04-16-2015 MinutesAgenda
05-21-2015 Minutes
06-25-2015 Minutes
07-16-2015 MinutesAgenda
08-20-2015 MinutesAgenda
10-22-2015 MinutesAgenda
11-19-2015 MinutesAgenda
12-17-2015 MinutesAgenda and Packet
01-21-2016 MinutesPacket
02-18-2016 MinutesAgenda
03-17-2016 MinutesPacket
Supplement
04-21-2016 MinutesAgenda
05-19-2016 MinutesAgenda
06-16-2016 MinutesAgenda
07-21-2016 MinutesAgenda
08-12-2016 MinutesAgenda
10-20-2016 MinutesAgenda
11-17-2016 MinutesAgenda
12-15-2016 MinutesAgenda
01-23-2017 MinutesCOG/MPO Agenda
02-23-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
03-16-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
04-20-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
05-18-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
06-15-2017 MinutesAmended MPO Agenda
07-20-2017 Canceled Canceled
08-17-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
10-05-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
11-16-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
12-14-2017 MinutesMPO Agenda
01-18-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
02-15-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
03-15-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
04-19-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
05-17-2018 Canceled Canceled
05-22-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
06-21-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
07-19-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
08-16-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
09-27-2018 Canceled Canceled
10-18-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
11-15-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
12-13-2018 MinutesMPO Agenda
01-17-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
02-28-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
03-21-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
04-18-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
05-16-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
06-25-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
07-19-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
08-15-2019 Cancelled Cancelled
09-19-2019 MinutesMPO Agenda
10-17-2019 Minutes MPO Agenda
11-21-2019 Cancelled
12-19-2019 Minutes MPO Agenda
01-16-2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
02-13-2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
03-19-2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
04-23-2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
05-21-2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
06-18-2020 Minutes MPO Agenda
07-23-2020 MPO Meeting - Canceled
08-20-2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
09-17-2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
10-15-2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
11-19-2020 MinutesMPO Agenda
12-17-2020 Interim MinutesMPO Agenda

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Staff Profiles

Staff Directory

Administration and Finance

Francis 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). His work has been recognized with CCAPA’s Innovative Plan of the Year in 2013, and NADO’s Innovation Award in 2014, and CACT’s Friend of Public Transportation in 2019. Francis is also active in the development of major regional transportation initiatives and serves on the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Committee. 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.

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.


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.


Transportation

Kristin Hadjstylianos – Principal 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.

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.

Todd Fontanella

Todd has over thirty years of experience in transportation grant programs, MPO activities and transit planning.  Before coming to WestCOG, Todd worked with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and at the Merrimack Valley and Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commissions.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters’ in City Planning from Boston University.   

Kristin Floberg – Planner

Kristin leads land use planning activities at WestCOG and assists the transportation staff on various projects. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a M.S. in Transportation and Urban Engineering and a B.S in Civil Engineering.  Kristin is passionate about working towards more sustainable and livable communities in Connecticut.

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.

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.


Analytics

Michael Towle – Deputy Director

Mike oversees WestCOG staff matters and the Analytics Department. Mike has an interest in modernizing municipal processes to improve service and public access to data. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a M.S. in Geography from Clark University.

Nicholas Trabka – GIS Analyst II

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.

Tucker Beckett – GIS Analyst I

Tucker provides GIS support, with initial projects focused on stormwater and COVID Long Term Recovery. Prior to joining WestCOG, he worked as a municipal planner for the town of Wellesley, MA. He recently completed an MS in GIS for Development & the Environment at Clark University and received BS and BA degrees from the University of Rhode Island, in Marine Affairs and Anthropology, respectively.