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  Jul 8, 2015
TPB Technical Committee (Rescheduled from July 3rd)
  Jul 10, 2015
  Jul 16, 2015
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D.C. Area Employers Recognized for Reducing Traffic Congestion and Carbon Footprint Through Innovative Commuter Programs
Award winners Opower Inc., WeddingWire, and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative were announced at Commuter Connections 18th Annual Employer Recognition Awards.
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Heart of COG: Aubin Maynard
By day, you will find COG Environmental Planner Aubin Maynard wading in a local stream performing water quality analysis or a fish survey. In the evenings, he works alongside citizens living in and around the Anacostia watershed, arming them with the data and knowledge needed to clean up and better access their river.
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Stephen Walz Discusses Infrastructure on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
COG Director of Environmental Programs Stephen Walz joined WAMU's Martin Di Caro and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Robert Puentes on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show for a discussion of local and national infrastructure needs.
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NBC 4 Features Charles County Foster Parents of the Year
In May, the COG Board recognized the 2015 Foster Parents of the Year for opening their hearts and homes to children in need.  The honorees from Charles County, Stephan and Gilda Clifford, joined COG's Kamilah Bunn on NBC 4 to discuss foster care in Metropolitan Washington and their motivation for becoming foster parents.
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Transportation Planning Board Identifies Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements to Support Increased Ridership at Underutilized Rail Stations in the Region
A study by The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) identified 25 underutilized Metro, MARC, or VRE rail stations across the region and more than 3,000 potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements to support increased ridership at those stations.
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Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Expected to Peak on Thursday, Not Friday
In a recent analysis, researchers at the Transportation Planning Board examined historical travel speed information on the region's freeways and several major arterial highways in the days leading up to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Traffic on Washington area highways is expected to reach its worst point on Thursday afternoon, running counter to a common perception that the Friday before the holiday weekend is the worst time to travel.
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Bike to Work Day Breaks Regional Record
Commuters swapped gas pedals for bike pedals in the metropolitan Washington region as 17,500 cycled to work for the annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) event, breaking event records. Co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), the event was celebrated at 79 pit-stops within the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
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Clean Air Partners Recognize Air Quality Accomplishments at Annual Awards Celebration
Clean Air Partners honored students, individuals, and organizations from across the region at their 7th Annual Celebration and Awards at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Just in time for ozone season, Clean Air Partners and local officials applauded award-winners for their unparalleled commitment to improving air quality in the greater metropolitan Washington-Baltimore region.
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Council of Governments Honors 2015 Foster Parents of the Year
Outstanding foster parents from 10 jurisdictions around metropolitan Washington were honored May 13 by the COG Board of Directors as the region’s 2015 Foster Parents of the Year. A reception for the foster parents followed a ceremony held before the Board’s May meeting.                      

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Decrease in Homelessness Recorded for National Capital Region in 2015
According to an annual report by COG, there are 11,623 homeless individuals living in the area – a 2.7 percent decrease (or 323 people) from 2014. The report, Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington, was presented to the COG Board of Directors by Michael Ferrell, Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director and COG Homeless Services Planning and Coordinating Committee Chairman. It contains the results of the 15th annual count of the region’s homeless population—a one day “snapshot” of people living within nine area jurisdictions.
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COG Annual Report/Regional Directory Available for Download
People Partnership Progress, the combined 2015 Regional Directory and 2014 COG Annual Report, is available for download on the COG web site. The publication lists the contact information for area government officials and highlights major regional initiatives in 2014. Click here to download.
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