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  Apr 20, 2015
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Transportation Planning Board Approves Policy Principles for Reauthorization of Federal Transportation Legislation
At its April meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved a set of policy principles calling on the U.S. Congress to substantially increase federal funding for transportation and ensure an explicit focus on the maintenance of the nationís transportation infrastructure as part of the reauthorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the federal surface transportation program set to expire in May.
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Board Explores Opportunities for Economic Advancement in the Region
Elected leaders on the COG Board of Directors took an in-depth look at the areaís growth industries at their April meeting as part of their focus on regional economic competitiveness. Speakers included Mark Muro, Policy Director for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, Jim Dinegar, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Paul Zielinski, Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). Read more on COG's Region Forward blog.
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Group Seeks Comment on Draft List of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies
The COG group charged with identifying promising strategies for significantly reducing the regionís greenhouse gas emissions has developed a draft list of strategies to analyze this summer before identifying those with the greatest potential to help the region achieve ambitious long-term emissions-reduction goals. The draft list of strategies developed by the Multi-Sector Working Group is currently available for review and comment through April 22.
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Q&A: Emmett Jordan, Mayor, City of Greenbelt
In this Region Forward Q&A, Greenbelt Mayor Emmett V. Jordan, who also serves as member of the COG Board of Directors and Chairman of the Region Forward Coalition, discusses how he got into public service, working toward the region's shared goals, and the importance of involving local citizens in building vibrant communities. Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog.
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COG Infrastructure Report Featured in Governing
In a column on "Why a Regional View of Infrastructure Is Crucial" written for Governing, Bob Graves featured COG's State of the Region: Infrastructure Report. He wrote "the COG report serves as a template for other regions. Leaders of the hundreds of other regional government councils across the country would do well to review and share COG's data, findings and recommendations to generate interest in creating their own "state of the region" infrastructure reports."
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Area Officials Promote Spring 2015 Street Smart Campaign on NBC4
On March 29, Walter Tejada, [pictured left] Vice Chairman of the Arlington County Board and COG Board Member, Captain Tom Didone of the Montgomery County Police Department, and George Branyan, Pedestrian Program Coordinator of the District Department of Transportation talked about pedestrian and bicyclist safety on NBC4's Viewpoint show.
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Tim Lovain, Chuck Bean Discuss Regional Growth on News Channel 8
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 COG and area governments. The forecasts are used to inform planners and decision-makers as they prepare for the region's continued growth. Alexandria Councilmember Tim Lovain, who serves as Vice Chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, and COG Executive Director Chuck Bean discussed the forecasts and regional growth as guests on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt on News Channel 8.
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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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