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February 28, 2015
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  Mar 4, 2015
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  Mar 6, 2015
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  Mar 11, 2015
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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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Heart of COG: Andrew Burke
Feature on Transportation Engineer Andrew Burke focuses on how COG got into the business of bike counting for its member governments. It began back in 2007, after The Washington Post did a feature on COG’s travel monitoring studies, which count people and vehicles entering the region’s core and help inform planning efforts.  
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Event Offers Contacts, Resources to Help Members Implement Green Purchasing Programs
On January 29, COG’s Ronald F. Kirby Training Center was packed with participants attending the Green Purchasing Vendors’ Fair. More than 120 representatives from local governments, school systems, and utilities joined over 30 vendors representing a wide variety of environmentally friendly products and services. COG is sharing resources and tools from the fair to help members implement green purchasing programs.  
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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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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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