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Q&A: David Snyder, Falls Church Vice Mayor
In this Region Forward Q&A, Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder, who also serves as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee at COG, discusses how he got into public service as well as regional progress in coordinating transportation, public safety, and the environment Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog. 
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COG Board Votes to Support 9-1-1 Communications Infrastructure Planning
The Council of Governments Board of Directors today endorsed a study to dramatically expand the functionality of the region’s 9-1-1 emergency call centers to allow them to receive emergency text messages and eventually to handle video and location information.
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Capital Area Car Free College Campus Challenge: DC Area Universities Unite to Support Greener Environment
Five area universities – The George Mason University, University of Maryland, American University, George Washington University, and the University of the District of Columbia – are part of a healthy inter-campus competition to encourage students, faculty, and staff to leave their cars at home and walk, bike, carpool, or use public transit to and from campus on the region’s Car Free Day event Monday, September 22.
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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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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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