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  Sep 5, 2014
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  Sep 10, 2014
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  Sep 17, 2014
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Car Free Day – Free Registration is Now Open! Commuters, Residents, and Students ready to take the Pledge to go Car Free or Car-Lite on September 22
Celebrate with millions worldwide by going Car Free or “Car-Lite” on Monday, September 22nd -- The Commuter Connections Car Free Day website www.carfreemetrodc.org is now live!
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EPA Proposes Designating Region In Compliance with Limits on Fine-Particle Air Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed designating the metropolitan Washington region as in compliance with the federal standard for controlling fine-particle air pollution. The designation would become official after a 30-day public comment period.
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COG Dedicates Ronald F. Kirby Training Center
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments dedicated one of its most important meetingspaces to the life and work of Ron Kirby, who served as Director of Transportation Planning from 1987 until 2013.
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TPB Approves Package of Community Changing Grants
At its meeting today, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted unanimously to approve funding for nine technical assistance projects that will promote access to transit, support better pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and foster transit-oriented development throughout the region.
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First-of-its-Kind Study Reveals Acute Need for Affordable Housing in the Washington Region
Study provides information to help public, private, and philanthropic sectors identify and address housing challenges in their communities. The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region commissioned the study with generous support from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and the study was researched and prepared by the Urban Institute and COG.
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Region Celebrates 40 Years of Free Commuter Solutions
Elected officials and dignitaries from across the region gathered at COG to celebrate an impressive milestone: Commuter Connections’ 40th year as the leader in providing free alternative solutions to the drive-alone commute, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality in the metropolitan Washington region. 
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Crime Rate Continues Downward Trend in Metropolitan Washington
The crime rate in metropolitan Washington is continuing to decrease according to the 2013 Annual Report on Crime & Crime Control released today at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting.
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Energy Op-Ed by COG's Stephen Walz Appears in Post's Capital Business
COG Director of Environmental Programs Stephen Walz wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post that highlighted some of the main points from the May COG Board meeting’s Regional Infrastructure Series item. He discussed the $5.5 billion in investments over the next five years to replace and upgrade aging natural gas pipes and electric power lines as well as new technologies to improve reliability. Walz also reviewed how our region gets its energy as well as statistics that show how our region is a leader in regards to energy efficiency. Click here to view the op-ed. 
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Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee Chair, Members featured on NBC 4's Viewpoint
Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) Chair and Fall Church Vice Mayor David Snyder appeared with MWAQC Chair, AAA Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Director Lon Anderson and GW's Dr. Janet Phoenix on NBC4's public affairs talkshow, Viewpoint, last Sunday morning to discuss the state of regional air quality.
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Kanti Srikanth Named Council of Governments' Director of Transportation Planning
Kanathur N. (Kanti) Srikanth, a well-respected leader in transportation planning with thorough knowledge of the National Capital Region, has been named the Director of Transportation Planning for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Srikanth is currently the Director of Transportation Planning for the Northern Virginia District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). He will succeed the late Ronald F. Kirby, one of the region’s leading experts on transportation planning, who served in this position from 1987 to 2013.
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Stuart Freudberg Named Council of Governments’ Deputy Executive Director
Stuart Freudberg, a recognized regional leader on the environment, homeland security, and other key issues, has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments by Executive Director Chuck Bean. Freudberg, a 34-year veteran of the nonprofit association of D.C area governments, will oversee various COG departments and offices, including environmental programs, public safety and health, homeland security, finance, and contracts and purchasing.
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