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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.

RFPs & Grant Opportunities

Requests for Proposals

Currently Seeking Proposals:

Submitted questions and answers are linked here.

Conflict of interest statement can be found here.

Announcement

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (“WestCOG”), an association of 18 cities and towns in Western Connecticut, seeks proposals for a feasibility study and implementation plan for modernization in the issuance of permits, licenses, passes, approvals (“documents”) issued by municipal departments (the “project”). A sample list of documents is attached.

Download a pdf copy of this RFP here.

Project description

A proposed framework for the project is given below. Proposers should expand on this framework; it is acceptable to propose and explain modifications to structure, order, or content of the framework. WestCOG may adjust or amend the project at its own discretion for any reason. Tasks are:

  1. Inventory documents (whether state-mandated or locally determined).
  2. Identify methods to obtain savings and improve the customer experience in the issuance of these documents (and appurtenant processes). Attention should be paid to opportunities for municipalities to share and modernize processes and to move processes online. (For example, dog tags could be issued to residents in several municipalities via a single website, with potential for auto-renew and billing.)

WestCOG will consider all proposals and methods. However, proposers should be aware that process reengineering may be more practicable than organizational restructuring. In addition, there may be a need to maintain in-person service as an option in public-serving processes, given the diverse range of parties that municipal governments interact with (including persons who may not have access to or the ability to use a computer).

  1. Evaluate the feasibility and the benefit-cost ratio of these methods. Benefits and costs including, but not necessarily limited, the following should be explicitly evaluated and documented:
    1. Startup and transition costs.
    2. Operations and maintenance costs.
    3. Cost savings resulting from implementation.
    4. Revenue growth resulting from implementation.
    5. Improvements in customer service.
    6. Other benefits and costs.

Period, confidence levels, and ranges should be provided for all estimates.

In addition, the following should be evaluated and documented as part of the feasibility analysis:

  1. Similar examples in other jurisdictions, both successes and failures.
  2. Timeline for implementation.
  3. Models to fund costs over short, medium, and long terms, including opportunities for additional revenue (such as through fee enhancements or upselling).
  4. Legal requirements and restrictions, including potential those created by differences in municipal structures.
  5. Risks and challenges, including potential impacts to existing operations and services, reliability, and (cyber)security.
  6. Stakeholder concerns.
  7. Probability of success.

Methods that are found to be infeasible for any reason may be excluded from further analysis; proposers should explain how feasibility and benefit-cost analyses will be conducted.

Synergies should be identified, evaluated, and noted. (Several processes may be able to be supported through a single platform, potentially reducing cost and improving service.)

  1. Create short lists of methods that:
    1. May be implemented with relative ease, and for which costs are low, regardless of the size of benefits (‘low hanging fruit’).
    2. Of the feasible methods, offer the most favorable benefit-to-cost ratio or margin (‘biggest bang’).
    3. Respond to other needs, including stakeholder preferences.

In developing these lists, synergies and other potential interactions among methods should be considered. If economies of scale or favorable benefit-cost ratios/margins only emerge with a specific mass, this should be noted.

  1. Prepare implementation plans for shortlisted methods. These plans should lay out the steps to realize the methods, including identification of:
    1. Preconditions, including those that are not currently in place.
    2. Needed resources (financial and non-financial).
    3. A proposed timeline, with deadlines, milestones, and decision points.
    4. Necessary and optional steps.
    5. Actors, roles, and assignment of tasks.
    6. Further information as needed.

Implementation plans should contain sufficient direction to be acted on without further study.

Proposers should be aware that funding has not yet been identified for project implementation (hence the mention of “funding arrangements” above).

No assumptions should be made about funding levels for this project. (Amounts are to be determined.)

Application process

Format

Each application should include the following components:

  1. Cover page with project title; proposing firm; and name, telephone number, and e‑mail address for the project manager.
  2. Scope of work, timeline, and fee schedule. An outline of the project by task should be given. These tasks should correspond to the Project description. Timing, duration, and cost should be specified for each task.
  3. This should explain the proposer’s concept of each task and plan to discharge them. Methodology, including approach, inputs, methods, and outputs should be described in sufficient detail. Changes to the framework given in this RFP should be noted.
  4. 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. Successful proposers should have demonstrated expertise in relevant areas, including evaluation of the benefits, costs, opportunities, risks, and challenges of the methods proposed, and in the development and execution of implementation plans for said methods.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Signature of a representative of the firm having legal authority to contract on behalf of the firm.
  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, December 2, 2018 11:59 PM ET. Submissions should be directed to: Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at issuance@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 December 31, 2018. 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 here until December 31, 2018. It is the responsibility of interested parties to retrieve and store a copy of the RFP beyond this date. Download a pdf copy here.

Inquiries

Proposers may submit questions on this RFP by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. Questions should be directed to Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at issuance@westcog.org. Answers will be posted online where WestCOG posted this RFP on a rolling basis until the close of business on Friday, November 23, 2018.

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 Application format, #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.


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.

Download a copy (.pdf) of this RFP here.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. 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 e‑mail address for the project manager.
  2. 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, December 2, 2018 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 December 31, 2018. 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 here until December 31, 2018. It is the responsibility of interested parties to retrieve and store a copy of the RFP beyond this date.

Inquiries

Proposers may submit questions on this RFP by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 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, November 23, 2018.

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 Format, #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.


Grant Opportunities

 

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

 

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Transportation/GIS Professional (Temporary)

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) seeks qualified person(s) with expertise in transportation and/or GIS. The position(s) would be located at WestCOG’s offices in Sandy Hook, CT, may be part- or full-time, and would begin approximate to January 1, 2019 and would conclude no later than June 30, 2019 with no possibility for extension. Interested persons should submit a resume to westcog@outlook.com.

WestCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Council Meetings

WestCOG Board of Directors

Leadership

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

All Council Members

2018 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 Interim MinutesCOG Agenda
12-13-2018 Meeting Packet

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.

Chairman

Jayme Stevenson
First Selectman
Town of Darien

 

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Vice Chairman

Rudolph Marconi
First Selectman
Town of Ridgefield

 

 

vanderslice_002Treasurer

Lynne Vanderslice
First Selectman
Town of Wilton

 

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Secretary

Julia Pemberton
First Selectman
Town of Redding

 

KnickerbockerMatt 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

 

 

 

candidate-dunnStephen Dunn
First Selectman
Town of Brookfield

 

mayor boughton2Mark Boughton
Mayor
City of Danbury

 

 

 

Peter-Tesei-124w-2013Peter Tesei
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

 

 

Harry_Rilling_Portrait_thumbHarry Rilling
Mayor
City of Norwalk

 

 

Don Lowe
First Selectman
Town of Sherman

 

 

 

david_martin2David Martin
Mayor
City of Stamford

 

 

Christopher Spaulding
First Selectman
Town of Weston

 

 

 

marpeJim Marpe
First Selectman
Town of Westport

 

 

Meetings

WestCOG Meetings

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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 Interim MinutesCOG Agenda
12-13-2018 Meeting Packet

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 Interim MinutesMPO Agenda
12.13.2018 MPO Packet

 

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
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Staff Profiles

Our Staff

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.