April 2016
Celebrate Open Streets

Open Streets, a local health and wellness project, will improve residents' ties to their community on Sunday, April 3. 

During the event, which runs from 12 to 4 p.m., citizens will reclaim a busy part of Northwest 23rd Street between Western and Robinson Avenues in Oklahoma City. They will enjoy a variety of non-motorized activities like walking, cycling, skating and eating local food.

The event is in its third year and is sponsored by the Oklahoma City- County Health Department's Wellness Now Coalition. ACOG is a member along with the  Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma. 
9-1-1 Staff Spotlight
Mike Davis was recently promoted to GIS Manager in ACOG's 9-1-1 Division. Davis's career began after high school during which he took drafting classes at a local vocational technical school. Following graduation, he went to work with an engineering group in Lawton drafting plats from survey notes. After that, he went to work for Halliburton in an unrelated field that changed in the late 1980s. That shift put him on a career path in law enforcement. 

For 11 years, Davis worked as a police officer in Marlow, Oklahoma, and later served the city as a dispatcher for Emergency Management. During this time, he worked with ArcGIS Desktop and discovered that his early studies in drafting gave him an understanding of Geographic Information Systems. "I knew I could still make a difference by working with data to create correct maps for dispatchers," Davis said. 

Eventually, Mike went to work as a GIS Specialist for the Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority in Burns Flat. At SWODA, he was able to advance his education and skills in the GIS field. Later, he had an opportunity to transfer all his experience to ACOG. 

"I knew the competition for the GIS Manager position would be great," Davis said. "I could only hope and pray that my background and skills learned would be enough. It took me a long time before some of the things I learned in high school came back around and made sense. With that, all I can say is never give up and continue learning." 

Congratulations, Mike! 
Bike Month
ACOG is proud once again to serve as the coordinator for regional Bike Month initiatives for Central Oklahoma. As part of the celebration, we're asking citizens - especially elected officials - to dig through their family photo albums for bicycle pictures. We can't wait to see you on your BMX, 3-speed, banana-seat bikes and more!

Email your pictures to John Sharp or post to Twitter or with the hashtag #BIKEMONTHOK. We will feature photos on the Bike To Work and ACOG Facebook pages. Thank you! 
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About ACOG
The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) is an organization of, by and for local governments that allows member entities to work in partnership to address issues or problems common to many jurisdictions. This regional cooperation serves to strengthen both the individual and collective capabilities of local governments.

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