March 2020 / Issue 2
CRCOG Meetings - Help Flatten the Curve
Until further notice, CRCOG will hold all meetings remotely to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Meetings will be held via Zoom, and the information below is identical for  all  CRCOG meetings unless stated otherwise:

Meeting participants (both board / committee members  and  the public) may join via web or phone as follows:
 
Join by web:             http://zoom.us/j/8605222217
Or dial by phone:   1-646-876-9923; Meeting ID: 860 522 2217
One Tap Mobile:    +6468469923,,8605222217#
 
For everyone’s safety, members of the public are  strongly encouraged  to also attend remotely if possible. CRCOG's 3rd Floor Board Room will be open for those that do not have the ability to join remotely.

Below, please find important information and instructions for remote meeting participation:
Two Grants Will Improve Transportation Access Through Innovative Technologies in the Capitol Region
 The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced approximately $20.3 million in grant selections through the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) program. The IMI program supports projects that use innovative technologies and processes to improve access to public transportation, increase public transportation efficiency, and enhance the overall rider experience. Twenty-five projects in 23 states will receive funding under the program, and two of these projects will be realized in the Capitol Region.
 
Utilizing $2 million in IMI grant funding, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will test automated, electric buses on the CT fastrak  corridor to improve rider safety and system efficiency. CTDOT’s grant is the largest one to be awarded under this program. In addition, the Greater Hartford Transit District (GHTD) will receive $630,000 to develop a responsive, 24/7 transportation option for older adults and people with disabilities to fill gaps in service in the Capitol Region and throughout Connecticut. These projects are exciting opportunities to improve transit and paratransit service in the Capitol Region, and CRCOG looks forward to supporting CTDOT and GHTD as they progress.
 
More information about the IMI program is available  HERE
NOVUS Offers Assistance with Remote Work Plans
Novus is contracted through the IT Services Cooperative and was competitively bid by CRCOG. In responding to the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses and organizations are establishing plans for employees to work remotely. Novus staff is available to help with planning for this transition and are ready to assist you now with execution, if you determine that it is appropriate.  
 
Here is some guidance and a few suggestions as you consider a remote work plan:
 
  • If you don’t already have one, create a clearly articulated remote work policy.
  • The 2 biggest challenges facing organizations in this type of transition stem from insufficient technology to fully support remote work and employee discomfort with a new way of working. Working away from the normalcy of an office can be quite challenging for people who are not used to it and suddenly thrust into it. To maintain productivity and morale, our experience has shown it's usually well worth the extra effort to make remote work as collaborative and like work in the office as possible.  
  • Towards making sure every employee can do their job fully from home, survey employees to understand what each currently has at home for hardware/software and connectivity. We can help with crafting a survey if you need it. The responses will help dictate the existing capability levels and help determine the least expensive, quickest-to-implement options for rapidly enabling a remote work program. For some employees, be prepared to invest in mobile hot spots or to provide stipends for upgrading internet access plans.
  • Involve a cybersecurity expert who can recommend the right type of secure access to your organization’s networks, data, communication channels, and applications. If time will allow for proper implementation and training, strongly consider two-factor authentication login instead of just user ID and password to access these systems.
  • Prepare quick-start guides for the use of new technology or features of existing software that need to be implemented such as Teams in Office 365. 
  • Find technology mentors and early adopters in your organization who can help other employees and lead by example.
  • Accelerate evaluation of cloud solutions that are much more friendly to remote work than legacy or natively-developed applications running on premise-based servers.  
 
Novus staff is available to advise and help work through the many challenges associated with a rapid shift to remote work.
 
To schedule a consultation, please contact your Novus site lead or Novus Remote Support (860.282.4200 – option 1, or  help@novusinsight.com ). 
OTHER CRCOG NEWS
Effective Teamwork: Strategies for Working Together

On Thursday, March 5th, Dan Fallon, Program Manager, Wheeler Clinic , presented to CRCOG Staff on Effective Teamwork-Strategies for Working Together. The presentation was helpful and informative, and generated excellent interaction and discussion among staff. To view the presentation, please click here .
Upcoming CRCOG Meetings
March 19, 2020
Regional Planning Commission- CANCELED
7pm - 8:30pm
@ West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107 United States
March 23, 2020
Transportation Committee Meeting
12:00pm-1:30pm
@ CRCOG Offices, 3rd Floor, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106 United States
March 25, 2020
Policy Board Meeting
12:00pm-1:30pm
@ CRCOG Offices, 3rd Floor, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106 United States
April 14, 2020
Municipal Services Meeting
12:00pm-1:30pm
@ CRCOG Offices, 3rd Floor, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106 United States