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TPB Technical Committee (Rescheduled from Jan. 2)
  Jan 9, 2015
Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Meeting
  Jan 12, 2015
COG Board of Directors Meeting
  Jan 14, 2015
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Transportation Planning Board Elects New Leadership for 2015: Phil Mendelson Elected Chairman
During its December meeting, members of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted unanimously to elect its officers for 2015.District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will serve as TPB Chairman. Alexandria City Councilman Timothy Lovain and Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will serve as Vice Chairs of the TPB.
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COG Recognizes Prince George’s County Council Member Todd Turner for Leadership on Regional Transportation Initiatives
At its Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon, COG also honored former Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin with COG’s first Ronald F. Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership and the Summit Foundation of Washington with the Regional Partnership Award. U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez delivered the keynote speech. Members also elected Corporate Officers, including District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser as 2015 COG President.
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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes COG and Area Governments for Leadership in Shaping a More Sustainable D.C. Region
White House officials announced the U.S. Department of Energy’s selection of the National Capital Region as one of 16 national Climate Action Champions, recognizing local and regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate resilience. The region’s application for this competitive process was submitted by COG in collaboration with its local government members.
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Commuter Connections Program Offers Cash Incentive for New Carpoolers on Soon-to-Open 95 Express Lanes
As the 95 Express Lanes open this month, providing faster, more predictable travel for ride-sharing motorists on I-95, Commuter Connections is offering an extra cash incentive for those who sign up for a new carpool or vanpool through the ‘Pool Rewards program.
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Council of Governments Response to Newly Proposed EPA Ozone Standard
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is carefully evaluating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to strengthen standards to address ground-level ozone pollution. These proposed standards would better protect the health and welfare of residents of the National Capital Region. Although this region has made tremendous progress in improving its air quality over several decades, the proposed regulations will require additional steps to control harmful emissions.
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COG Leaders Talk Air Quality and Transportation on Comcast Newsmakers
On Comcast Newsmakers, Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder (pictured left), who serves as Chairman of the Metropolitan Air Quality Committee at COG, discusses air quality progress as well as ways the region and its residents can further reduce pollution and enhance public health. On a separate show, Nicholas Ramfos, COG's Director of Alternate Commute Programs, discussed Commuter Connections and alternative ways to commute in the region.
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Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton premieres our Region Shaping Leaders Series
Metropolitan Washington is home to Activity Centers and engaged local leaders. Hear Rockville, Maryland Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton speak to the vibrancy of Rockville Town Square and the future of land use and transportation planning for her city.
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Thanksgiving Travel Data from COG Transportation Planning Staff
Transportation planners at COG, using minute-by-minute traffic information from a recent Thanksgiving, have found that the worst congestion getting home from Thanksgiving travel may not be the Sunday following Thanksgiving.
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Regional Reports on Housing Provide Lessons for Future Policy
At its November meeting, the COG Board of Directors focused on two recent regional housing reports, Joining Forces to Combat Foreclosure: A Look Back at the Capital Area Foreclosure Network and Housing Security in the Washington Region.
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Council of Governments Endorses Washington 2024 Olympic Bid
The COG Board of Directors endorsed Washington 2024’s efforts to bring the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games to the National Capital Region.
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Street Smart Campaign Urges Increased Attention on Roadways
As Daylight Saving Time ends, local officials look to reduce crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists during darker months. Representatives from COG, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, kicked off the fall campaign on November 7 at Sherman Avenue and Euclid Street in Washington, D.C.
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PicMe Project Joins in Celebrating November as National Adoption Month
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is re-launching a photo project to highlight and find loving homes for teenagers in foster care across the Washington region in honor of November as National Adoption Month. The PicMe Project will feature 60 second slideshows that will be promoted on the COG website, the PicMe Project Blog and COG social media accounts among others.
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Officials Approve Update to Region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan
At its October meeting, members of the Transportation Planning Board voted to approve the 2014 Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), which includes all regionally significant transportation projects and programs that are planned in metropolitan Washington between 2015 and 2040.
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