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CET Regional Public Transit Advisory Committee – March 21st

Cascades East Transit Regional Public Transit Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, March 21st in the Hawthorne Conference Room, 334 Hawthorne Ave, Bend, OR from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

All RPTAC meetings are open to the public.

Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation (COACT) Board Meeting to be held May 11th

There will be a meeting of the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation on Thursday May 11, 2017.  The meeting is scheduled from 3PM-5PM in the Redmond Public Works Training Room, 243 E. Antler Ave., Redmond, OR

Deschutes County Transportation Strategy Meeting – March 6

COIC is updating the Central Oregon Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan and we want to hear from Deschutes County residents. The public, including citizens and representatives of any organizations that work on human services and transportation issues, are invited to attend the Deschutes County Transportation Strategy Session on March 6th at 2 – 3:30 PM at the Hawthorne Conference Room, COIC Admin Building, 334 NE Hawthorne Ave.

The purpose of the meeting is to refine strategies for transportation solutions related to populations identified as low-income, persons with disabilities, and seniors.

The plan will be reviewed by the Special Transportation Funding (STF) committee of Deschutes County later this spring, and subsequently forwarded to the Deschutes County Court for adoption. While the Coordination Plan is a regional plan for Central Oregon, the plan will contain chapters dedicated to each county’s unique needs and solutions.

The purpose of the Coordination Plan is to 1) identify transportation gaps and barriers for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and low-income populations in accessing needed health and social services; and 2) to prioritize solutions (actions, projects, programs, operations, etc.) to meet identified needs and/or leverage opportunities. Projects using certain funding sources – including state Special Transportation Fund (STF) and federal FTA 5310 (Senior and Disabled Transportation) – must be consistent with the Plan. The “coordination” part of the title stems from the fact that there is always more work we can do to better coordinate among transportation providers and health and human service providers to maximize the efficient use of transportation resources and build better systems that serve more people.

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Executive Committee Meeting

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Executive Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council Board on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30-7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Redmond PublicWorks training room, 243 E. Antler Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756.

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Board Meeting

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Board Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council Board on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30-7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Redmond PublicWorks training room, 243 E. Antler Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756.

Warm Springs Transportation strategies session – Feb 23

COIC is updating the Central Oregon Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan and we want to hear from Warm Springs residents. The public, including citizens and representatives of any organizations that work on human services and transportation issues, are invited to attend the Warm Springs Strategy Session on February 23rd at 2 PM at High Lookee Lodge, 2321 Ollallie Ln, Warm Springs.

The purpose of the meeting is to refine strategies for transportation solutions related to populations identified as low-income, persons with disabilities, and seniors.

The plan will be reviewed by the Special Transportation Funding (STF) committee of Warm Springs later this spring, and subsequently forwarded to the Tribe for adoption. While the Coordination Plan is a regional plan for Central Oregon, the plan will contain chapters dedicated to each county’s and the tribe’s unique needs and solutions.

The purpose of the Coordination Plan is to 1) identify transportation gaps and barriers for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and low-income populations in accessing needed health and social services; and 2) to prioritize solutions (actions, projects, programs, operations, etc.) to meet identified needs and/or leverage opportunities. Projects using certain funding sources – including state Special Transportation Fund (STF) and federal FTA 5310 (Senior and Disabled Transportation) – must be consistent with the Plan. The “coordination” part of the title stems from the fact that there is always more work we can do to better coordinate among transportation providers and health and human service providers to maximize the efficient use of transportation resources and build better systems that serve more people.

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Board Meeting

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Board meeting

There will be a meeting of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council Board on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30-7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Redmond PublicWorks training room, 243 E. Antler Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756.

Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation Board Meeting to be held January 12, 2017

There will be a meeting of the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation on Thursday January 12th, 2017.  The meeting is scheduled from  3PM-5PM in the Cascades Conference Room at the High Desert Education Service District, 2804 SW 6th St. #101
Redmond, OR 97756

Jefferson County Strategy Session – Feb 2

COIC is updating the Central Oregon Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan and we want to hear from Crook County residents. The public, including citizens and representatives of any organizations that work on human services and transportation issues, are invited to attend the Jefferson County Strategy Session on February 2nd at 10:30 AM at the Annex building, 66 SE D Street, Madras.

The purpose of the meeting is to refine strategies for transportation solutions related to populations identified as low-income, persons with disabilities, and seniors.

The plan will be reviewed by the Special Transportation Funding (STF) committee of Jefferson County later this spring, and subsequently forwarded to the Jefferson County Court for adoption. While the Coordination Plan is a regional plan for Central Oregon, the plan will contain chapters dedicated to each county’s unique needs and solutions.

The purpose of the Coordination Plan is to 1) identify transportation gaps and barriers for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and low-income populations in accessing needed health and social services; and 2) to prioritize solutions (actions, projects, programs, operations, etc.) to meet identified needs and/or leverage opportunities. Projects using certain funding sources – including state Special Transportation Fund (STF) and federal FTA 5310 (Senior and Disabled Transportation) – must be consistent with the Plan. The “coordination” part of the title stems from the fact that there is always more work we can do to better coordinate among transportation providers and health and human service providers to maximize the efficient use of transportation resources and build better systems that serve more people.

COIC Board Appoints Executive Director

Judy Watts
541-548-9534
For Immediate Release

COIC BOARD ANNOUNCES KAREN FRIEND AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karen Friend Promoted After Serving as Interim Executive Director

December 8, 2016 – Bend, ORE – The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Friend as Executive Director. Karen Friend was previously selected as the Interim Executive Director for COIC by the Board of Directors earlier this year. Ms. Friend has served COIC for twenty years in several capacities, and most recently as Transportation Manager and Deputy Director in addition to the Interim Executive Director position. The announcement of Ms. Friend’s Executive Director appointment was made at the COIC Board meeting last week and ends a six-month transition period for the organization.

“The COIC board of directors unanimously agreed to promote Karen Friend to the role of Executive Director,” said Jason Carr, COIC Board Chair. “Karen’s 20 years of service to the organization, and her numerous leadership roles in finance and transportation, demonstrate a wealth of knowledge that will ensure stability for the organization. As Central Oregon continues to grow, COIC will be facing several important challenges around workforce and economic development and ensuring the Cascades East Transit (CET) system meets the needs of the entire region in the most cost-effective way. The board believes Karen is the right person to move COIC through these challenges over the next couple of years.”

Ms. Friend has managed numerous COIC departments including Fiscal and Community and Economic Development, as well as leading in the development of the regional transit system, Cascades East Transit, and the Cascades East Ride Center during her tenure with COIC. As Transportation Manager, Ms. Friend negotiated the contract for the medical ride brokerage system, launched a volunteer ride match program, partnered with Mt. Bachelor and the US Forest Service to expand recreational routes, led the transit expansion of the Bend fixed-route system which resulted in a 35 percent increase of transit service, and secured grants and local funding to develop the new Redmond transit hub coming in 2017.

“COIC has had tremendous growth and changes in recent years. I am pleased with the hard work of our staff and departments to improve our programs,” commented Karen Friend. “COIC is poised to increase our support of the Central Oregon communities and contribute to our region’s highest priorities like responding to population growth and changing demographics, meeting the transportation needs of our region, and collaborating with community partners on economic development strategies.”

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council serves the local governments of Central Oregon, providing regional collaboration, efficiencies and service delivery for a stronger local economy and quality of life. COIC was designated a Council of Governments in 1972 under ORS 190 and provides service to the counties of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson as well as to the cities of Bend, Culver, La Pine, Madras, Metolius, Prineville, Redmond, and Sisters. COIC provides workforce development, economic development, and public transportation services.
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