Letter from Board Chairman & Vice Chairman

2013 AACOG Board of Directors
and Senior Staff

AACOG Members and residents of the Alamo Region:

As 2013 comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank you! Without your dedication and tireless commitment to serving the Alamo Region, we would not have experienced, as an agency, much of the successes we have this year.

During the course of this year, some structural changes occured within the organization--primarily the modification to the AACOG Bylaws, which, we believe, will continue to improve our ability as a Board of Directors to strengthen our policy oversight and meet the daily needs of AACOG's operations, but more importantly, you as a citizen of this region.

The Alamo Region continues to experience substantive changes in part due to oil and gas activities in our southern region, reduction in public dollars, 8-hour ozone challenges, and market forces among others. AACOG, in particular, faced quite a challenge in meeting the demands of the region, member governments, and partners. While these issues certainly made for some difficulty, AACOG perserved and initiated or accomplished the following:

  • We welcomed McMullen County into the AACOG Region, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.
  • Alamo Regional Transit entered into an International Agreement with VIA Metropolitan Transit to provide transportation service within the Urbanized Areas of Cibolo, New Braunfels, and Schertz for 2014. VIA designated AACOG as the sub-recipient of FTA funds for this project.
  • Connect Seguin, a fixed-route system in Seguin, began service on April 15th, and held its grand opening on May 1st. The project is a collaborative effort between the City of Seguin, the Seguin Chamber of Commerce, Texas Lutheran University and Alamo Regional Transit. This program will provide critical low cost service to Seguin residents, and we hope this program will become a model for other rural cities in the Alamo Region.
  • In July, the Air Improvement Resources (AIR) Executive Committee approved the 2013 Ozone Advance Path Forward letter for the AACOG Region. This document capped a one-year planning process to further engage regional stakeholders in the growing challenge to clean air in south central Texas. The Ozone Advance effort has served to emphasize the health risks associated with air pollution and the critical nature of federal guidelines and rules for ground-level ozone.
  • The State of Texas continues to recognize the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy as one of the top programs in the State. The most recent class achieved a 100% pass rate on the Basic Peace Officer State Exam.
  • In an effort to help reduce the number of alcohol and drug impaired traffic crashes, the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy applied for and was selected to receive a grant totaling $20,650.75, through TxDOT, to improve and increase access to training for the investigation and adjudication of DWI cases throughout the region. The Academy will offer specialized 16-hour training, Effective Investigation of Impaired Driving Cases, free of charge, to law enforcement, prosecutors and area judges throughout AACOG's 13-county region.
  • The Health and Human Services Commission, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the University Health System, Regional Healthcare Partnership 6 anchor, selected the Alamo Local Authority for a new Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment project for "Therapeutic Crisis Respite Services". This $5.4 million allocation is available through the Texas 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver program. It will afford ALA to develop and design 2, six-bed therapeutic crisis stabilization respite homes for persons with a primary diagnosis of IDD or a Related Condition; and who may have a co-occurring behavioral health need or crisis, and/or who have jeopardized their placement in a least restrictive setting.
  • The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services recognized the AACOG Bexar Area Agency on Aging with the 2013 Business Partner Proclamation Award for its work and commitment to hiring individuals with visual impairment.
  • Lastly, we successfully hired AACOG's first Chief Financial Officer.

These are but a few of our many achievements in 2013. As we begin 2014, it is our vision to continue looking at the future, improving on an already successful delivery of services; and creating stronger partnerships and alliances in the region.

With your help, we are confident we will succeed. Thank you.

This publication was financed in part through funding from the State of Texas: Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division; Commission of State Emergency Communications; Commission on Environmental Quality; Department of Aging and Disability Services; Department of Emergency Management; Department of Housing and Community Affairs; Department of Public Safety; Department of Rural Affairs; Department of Transportation; Health and Human Services Commission; Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Administration on Aging; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Economic Development Administration; University Health System; Leonardo Technologies, Inc. (LTI); City of San Antonio-Child Care; San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization; Workforce Solutions Alamo; American Medical Response Inc.; Texas Veterans Commission; Federal Transit Administration; City of Austin; Austin Energy; and VIA Metropolitan Transit.