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November 27, 2014
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  Dec 1-2, 2014
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  Dec 5, 2014
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  Dec 9, 2014
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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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Arlington County’s Barbara Donnellan Wins Visionary Leadership Award
Barbara Donnellan, Arlington County’s County Manager, received the 2014 Visionary Leadership Award on October 17, a prize that recognizes top government officials for their outstanding contributions to metropolitan Washington and their home jurisdictions.
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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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In Memoriam: Walter A. Scheiber
Walter A. Scheiber, the first executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the leader responsible for developing the programs and significant regional influence that mark the organization today, passed away on Wednesday, October 8.
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COG Holds Briefing on Ebola, Links to More Information
At the October COG Board of Directors meeting, area health officials briefed board members on how the National Capital Region has planned for and would respond to an Ebola case. COG also provided officials with an FAQ flyer and is sharing links for further information from federal, state and local authorities.  
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Leaders of Region’s Major Airports Discuss Trends, Challenges
As part of the COG Board infrastructure focus in 2014, Jack Potter, CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) which oversees Dulles and Reagan National airports, and Paul Wiedefeld, CEO of BWI-Marshall Airport, briefed officials on air travel trends and how the region can prepare for future air travel expansion.
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COG Honors Local Governments with Climate and Energy Leadership Awards
Washington, DC – The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments presented the First Annual Climate and Energy Leadership Awards to the City of Falls Church, the City of Rockville, Prince William County, and Loudoun County Public Schools for their outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.
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Leaders Celebrate Safe Drinking Water Act at 'Toast to Tap'
Area water leaders celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Water Drinking Act in Downtown Washington, D.C. last week at the Toast to Tap event sponsored by the COG Community Engagement Campaign.
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Officials Promote National Cyber Security Month
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and COG and its member governments are calling attention to the topic, which is essential to the region’s emergency preparedness, prosperity, and everyday life.
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Cleaner Air: D.C. Region Records Second Straight Summer with No Code Red Days
At a joint meeting of the Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, officials discussed making further progress on air pollution and greenhouse gases. COG also released The Gold Book, a report on local and state initiatives that have helped clean the air.
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COG, Board of Trade, Red Cross Bring Together Leaders for Briefing on Emergency Preparedness
The briefing covered a variety of topics critical to businesses and governments, including an assessment of threats to the region, continuity of operations (COOP) planning, and personal preparedness.
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