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January 29, 2015
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  Jan 29, 2015
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  Feb 1-3, 2015
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ULI-COG Seek TAP Program Participants to Strengthen Area Activity Centers
The Urban Land Institute-Washington and COG are encouraging local governments to apply for a new round of Technical Assistance Panels—or TAPs. The TAPs are like fast-paced brainstorming sessions with a group of outside experts that identify strategies to address local development or land use challenges. Applications must be submitted by February 13, 2015.
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Infrastructure Report Garners Additional Media Coverage
The 2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report was featured in a Capital Business commentary by COG Executive Director Chuck Bean. In addition, a panel of COG experts discussed the report on NBC4's Viewpoint show.
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TPB Approves Projects to Enhance Transportation for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Nine projects to receive $2.7 million in funding through federal program. The TPB has been funding locally-developed projects for several years that make a difference in the everyday lives of people with disabilities or older adults from wheelchair accessible cabs to door through door transportation.
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TPB Releases for Public Comment the Draft Long-Range Plan Project Submissions
At its January 2015 meeting, the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was briefed on new projects being proposed to be included in the 2015 update to the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), such as proposals to toll portions of I-66 in Virginia and expand the bike lane network in the District of Columbia. The proposed additions and changes to projects have been released for a 30-day public comment period, which will close on February 14.
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Annual Homeless Enumeration to be Held Later this Month
Every year since 2000, COG has helped coordinate and report on the enumeration of the region’s homeless population.  In 2014, the region counted 11,946 homeless people during the one-day snapshot, or “Point-in-Time” count.  This year’s count is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, and COG and local governments are seeking volunteers.
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William Euille Elected Chairman of the COG Board of Directors
Alexandria Mayor Euille has served on the COG Board of Directors since 2006. The COG Board also elected its 2015 Vice Chairs-- Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner and District of Columbia Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.
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Officials Promote Infrastructure Report on Kojo Nnamdi Show, News Stories & Social Media
District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who proposed COG’s focus on infrastructure while serving as Chairman of its Board of Directors in 2014, has helped promote the effort through a variety of media appearances and interviews as well as a COG video podcast.
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COG Report Details D.C. Region’s Infrastructure Needs, $58 Billion Funding Gap
2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report covers transportation, water, energy, public buildings, and public safety communications systems. Throughout 2014, the COG Board of Directors held discussions with experts from across the infrastructure provider spectrum.
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Transportation Planning Board Elects New Leadership for 2015
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 Todd Turner for Leadership on Regional Transportation Initiatives
At its Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon, COG honored Prince George’s County Council Member Todd Turner with its highest honor for an elected official, the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award. 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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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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