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  Apr 3, 2015
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  Apr 6-7, 2015
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  Apr 8, 2015
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Officials Urge Motorists, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists to Stay Aware, Stay Safe
Area officials gathered in College Park, Maryland to launch the spring regional Street Smart  public awareness and enforcement campaign.
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COG, Area Governments Project More Than One Million Additional People, Jobs in D.C. Region by 2040
The region will add more than one million people and jobs over the next 25 years according to the most recent draft of forecasts jointly developed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and area governments. The forecasts are used to inform planners and decision-makers as they prepare for the region's continued growth.
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Chesapeake Bay Program Opens Public Comment Period on Draft Management Strategies
The Chesapeake Bay Program has announced the public release and the opening of the public comment period for its draft management strategies under the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Bay Program partners are welcoming comments on the draft strategies between March 16 and April 30, 2015. COG staff will be working with the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy and Water Resource Technical Committees to develop formal comments.
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Regional Group Launches Work to Identify Promising Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies
A regional group, the Multi-Sector Working Group, convened by COG to identify promising strategies for significantly reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions recently launched its work with a formal kick-off meeting on January 30. Over the next several months, the group will hold more detailed discussions and analyze potential emissions-reduction strategies. Read more about the group on COG's Region Forward blog.

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COG Board Launches 2015 Focus on Economic Competitiveness
COG Board Chairman and City of Alexandria Mayor William Euille announced during the Board's March meeting that regional economic competitiveness will be the primary focus of the Board of Directors in 2015. Dr. Terry Clower of George Mason University provided a presentation on the state of the region's economy, and Fairfax County's Sharon Bulova and John Foust shared the County's new economic strategic plan. Read more about the meeting on COG's Region Forward blog.
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Senator George Barker Introduces Virginia Purchasing Bill
New legislation in Virginia, introduced by State Senator George Barker, will enable localities to purchase from a COG contract and to participate in cooperative procurement with COG. While COG has routinely handled major procurements in conjunction with state and federal grants on behalf of Virginia localities, Virginia law precluded COG from contracting on behalf of Virginia localities for goods and services.
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Heart of COG: Maia Davis
Last fall, Maia Davis had just a week and a half to pull together an application for a White House climate and energy competition. Fortunately, she had a lot of strong examples ready to highlight thanks to COG’s work promoting local and regional activities.
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Jerry Miller to Retire After 25 Years Serving COG and the TPB
Jerry Miller is retiring this month after 25 years of service to the Council of Governments and the Transportation Planning Board. As a senior director in COG’s Department of Transportation Planning (DTP), Miller led a variety of activities, including the development of the first Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan and dozens of subsequent updates. Most recently, following Ron Kirby’s sudden and unexpected death, Miller stepped up—along with his colleague Bob Griffiths—to assume many of the duties that belonged to the long-time DTP Director. Click here for more in the TPB Weekly Report.   
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Utilities Offer Tips on Preventing Frozen Pipes and Meters
In advance of the extreme cold, area water utilities have been reaching out through traditional and social media to help homeowners prevent frozen pipes and meters.
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Area Officials Vote to Include I-66 Tolling Proposals, D.C. Bike Lane Network Expansion in Air Quality Analysis Before Final Vote on Plan this Fall
The Transportation Planning Board voted to include projects—such as proposals to toll portions of I-66 in Virginia and expand the bike lane network in the District of Columbia—in an air quality analysis of the region’s long-range transportation plan. This fall, the TPB will vote on adding these projects to the Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) once the analysis is completed.
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Council of Governments Hosts Regional Discussion on Metro Smoke Incident Investigation, Emergency Protocols
National Transportation Safety Board releases three recommendations at meeting. COG Fire Chiefs also release statement on recent actions and coordination efforts.
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