Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) is postponing its 2022 General Assembly until April 25 out of caution for the high incidence of local COVID-19 cases.
The General Assembly is an annual meeting of TMACOG’s members that involves caucus sessions and voting on new leadership, as well as networking, lunch, and a panel presentation. All activities of the General Assembly are being moved from the original date of January 24 to April 25.
Many governmental agencies were authorized during the early stages of the pandemic to conduct business during virtual meetings that were available to the public. That authority expired during 2021 and was not extended by the Ohio Legislature. Most meetings must now take place in person if official action is to be taken. TMACOG’s leaders attempted last year to discuss a plan to allow some bodies to meet virtually in a limited capacity, but lawmakers have not yet taken any action to renew that permissive authority.
Across the United States and locally, the highly transmissible Omicron variant has led to significant increases in COVID-19 cases following the holidays.
TMACOG’s current chair and vice chair will remain in their positions until a new General Assembly is convened on April 25. Regular committee and council meetings will continue to be held in person as required to conduct necessary business.
Anyone who registered for the January 24 General Assembly does not need to register again for the new date. Those who registered for January but will not attend the later session can request a refund by contacting Nate Reiter: email@example.com. If you registered as an exhibiting partner, please contact Gilda Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s keynote presentation will be centered around workforce development and the importance of a well-trained and diverse workforce. The panelists will discuss and answer questions, such as:
- Is 7th grade the right time for area students to experience a day or two of learning at a career center or technical school or a school trip to a community college?
- How is today’s manufacturing different than what our grandparents experienced?
- What opportunities are available for workers who want to learn new skills?