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At ETCOG we are dedicated to providing quality customer service to our members and residents of East Texas. Either directly, or through our contractors, ETCOG provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers and job seekers. With the help of our contractors we also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services; and deliver rural transportation services, business finance programs, information technology assistance, and environmental grant funding for the region.
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AREA AGENCY ON AGING

As our population ages, it is important to provide support services which enable our seniors to live according to their choice, independently and with dignity. The Area Agency on Aging of East Texas is designated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to coordinate services for persons in East Texas who are 60 or older, with particular attention to low-income minority older individuals, older individuals with limited English proficiency, and older individuals residing in rural areas.
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AIR QUALITY

We are committed to ensuring air quality standards are met in the future. This commitment ensures not only public health, but also allows the region to have positive economic growth! ETCOG has partnered with local governments to form Northeast Texas Air Care (NETAC) to fill the need of a more organized and comprehensive approach to improving air quality based on regional needs.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

At ETCOG, we develop and implement regional economic development strategies with support from the US Economic Development Administration. In addition, we work with local officials and partners to craft comprehensive community and economic development plans that address a host of issues and allow for grassroots planning. 
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GOBUS & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

GoBus is our rural public transportation system offering demand-response services in our 14 county region. GoBus makes approximately 500 trips a day throughout the region for a general fare of $4 a trip. 

ETCOG also administers the East Texas Rural Planning Organization which provides vital leadership on regional transportation initiatives, planning and prioritizing transportation projects. The RPO provides a single, coordinated voice for our region in reaching out to Austin and Washington on transportation issues. 
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & GIS

Mapping regional growth and development can help with grassroots regional planning. To assist, ETCOG offers GIS services to provide local officials, private sector leaders and nonprofit partners with geo-spatial data and information needed to address complex issues and decisions. By using GIS, it is now easier to analyze and project demographic trends, infrastructure conditions and locations, land use patterns, environmental hot spots, public safety and business locations. 
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LOAN PROGRAMS

The East Texas Regional Development Company (ETRDC) is a private, non-profit, organization administered by ETCOG offering SBA, USDA Rural Development, and Chapman small business loans for qualified businesses. 

We have also launched a new program, the Community Loan Center, for employers to offer small payroll deduction loans to their employees. 
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PUBLIC SAFETY

It is our goal to help make East Texas safer by providing public safety professionals with grant guidance, technical assistance, first responder equipment and training. ETCOG partners with the Texas Office of the Governor to coordinate Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs to help our jurisdictions implement new initiatives, integrate regional strategies and priorities, and improve administration of all regional public safety projects. 

ETCOG has also been tapped as the primary planning and coordinating entity for emergency 9-1-1 communications in East Texas. In the last year, over $2.4 M was invested for equipment, network, mapping, software installations and maintenance for our local Public Safety Answering Points (dispatch offices). 
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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Workforce development programs and services support economic development in East Texas. By offering a trained, first class workforce, we can attract employers and make a difference i the economy and the quality of life in the community. We partner with the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to operate 8 Workforce Solutions centers and a call center where individuals can find job search assistance, child care assistance, training, and veteran's services. Through the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act and the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions East Texas is responsible for these services, as well as program implementation for youth, adult and employer services. 
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