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Archived News Highlights

In Memoriam: Walter A. Scheiber Oct 9, 2014
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 Oct 8, 2014
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 Oct 8, 2014
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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Officials Promote National Cyber Security Month Oct 7, 2014
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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Leaders Celebrate Safe Drinking Water Act at 'Toast to Tap' Oct 2, 2014
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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COG, Board of Trade, Red Cross Bring Together Leaders for Briefing on Emergency Preparedness Sep 30, 2014
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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Leaders Talk Transportation Trends, Plan on News Channel 8 Sep 22, 2014
College Park Councilmember Patrick Wojahn, who also serves as Transportation Planning Board Chair, and COG Transportation Planning Director Kanti Srikanth were guests on News Channel 8’s NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt. Watch the video.
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Q&A: David Snyder, Falls Church Vice Mayor Sep 11, 2014
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 Dedicates Ronald F. Kirby Training Center Jul 23, 2014
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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Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee Chair, Members featured on NBC 4's Viewpoint Jul 1, 2014
Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) Chair and Fall Church Vice Mayor David Snyder appeared with MWAQC Chair, AAA Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Director Lon Anderson and GW's Dr. Janet Phoenix on NBC4's public affairs talkshow, Viewpoint, last Sunday morning to discuss the state of regional air quality.
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Energy Op-Ed by COG's Stephen Walz Appears in Post's Capital Business Jun 30, 2014
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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Q&A: Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia Jun 26, 2014
In this Region Forward Q&A, District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who also serves as COG Board Chairman, discusses regional infrastructure, collaboration and his long tenure of public service. Mendelson, serves as Chairman of the COG Board of Directors, a position he also held in 2004. An active regional leader, he has also served on and led several other COG committees, including the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee. Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog. 
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COG Child Welfare Program, Foster Parents featured on NBC4's Viewpoint Jun 6, 2014
COG’s Child Welfare Manager Kamilah Bunn and Arlington County Foster Parents of the Year, Ben and Shira Simon, appeared on NBC4’s public affairs talkshow, Viewpoint, last week, sharing the story of foster care in the National Capital Region.
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Q&A: Patrick Wojahn, College Park Councilmember May 29, 2014
In this Region Forward Q&A, College Park Councilmember Patrick Wojahn, who serves as Chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at COG, discusses regional growth, infrastructure needs, transit-oriented development and more. Wojahn, an attorney and civil rights advocate, is also Director of Government Relations at Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog. 
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Seminars Bring Officials Together to Focus on School Safety May 28, 2014
School safety and campus security were the focus of a seminar series held earlier this spring in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. The series tackled preparedness for K-12 and college campus safety for both man-made and natural disaster events.
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Secretary of Transportation Scheduled To Lead Celebrations with Elected Officials and Dignitaries for Bike to Work Day May 15, 2014
Washington, D.C. — Dozens of federal, state and local elected officials and dignitaries, including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett are scheduled to  show their support for this year’s Bike to Work Day by meeting and greeting cyclists at local Bike to Work Day pit stops on Friday, May 16.  Commuters are expected to leave their cars at home, help reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and support a healthier lifestyle by riding their bicycles to work.  To date, more than 16,000 commuters have already registered for the Washington metropolitan region’s annual Bike to Work Day.  
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COG Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Documentaries, Events Honoring Region’s Outstanding Foster Parents May 15, 2014
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today launched a fundraising campaign through the on-line crowd-funding site Kickstarter, Inc. to support its creative efforts focused on the region’s foster parents. COG works to highlight the need for foster parents by creating documentaries and sponsoring events to honor foster parents in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.
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Penny Gross Promotes Tap Water at Smithsonian Event May 12, 2014
Fairfax County Supervisor and COG Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee Chair Penny Gross spoke at Smithsonian Garden Fest on May 9 as part of National Drinking Water Week. She encouraged people to protect area waterways, use water wisely, and drink tap water, while local water utilities provided reusable bottles and fresh tap water to attendees. Click here for more info on the Region Forward blog as well as links to the TapIt Metro DC smartphone apps, which pinpoint places to refill reuseable bottles with clean sustainable water on the go.  
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Ceremony Honors Fallen Corrections Officers May 6, 2014
On Saturday, May 3rd, the Council of Governments Corrections Chiefs Committee sponsored the 23rd Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of fallen corrections officers at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. The ceremony commenced National Correctional Employees Week, and brought together local officials from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia as well as correctional employees and their families from around the United States.
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New Amtrak Switcher Latest Project to Further Clean D.C. Region’s Air Apr 24, 2014
At Union Station on Earth Day, Amtrak, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the Council of Governments unveiled a repowered switcher locomotive, which will reduce diesel emissions and contribute to the region’s improving air quality. COG Board and D.C. Council Chairman Mendelson (pictured left), Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee Chairman and Falls Church Vice Mayor Dave Snyder joined D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and other dignitaries at the event. The switcher project, which was managed by COG, is the latest in a series of recent initiatives to reduce diesel emissions in the region. Click here to learn more and watch a video on the Region Forward blog.  
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Electrofishing in the Anacostia River with the Washington Post’s John Kelly Apr 24, 2014
The Council of Governments has departments which range in practice from transportation planning to regional foster care support.  Fish monitoring is an interesting (and until now) lesser-known project of our Department of Environmental Programs. Washington Post columnist John Kelly came out with our crew to learn why we temporarily (and harmlessly) stun fish for environmental study. Click here to learn more, view pictures, read his column and watch a Washington Post video on the Region Forward blog.  
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Q&A: Kim Dine, Police Chief, U.S. Capitol Police Apr 24, 2014
Chief of Police Kim C. Dine has over 37 years of distinguished service in the field of law enforcement—with his most recent appointment occurring in December 2012 as the eighth Chief of Police of the United States Capitol Police. Previously, Chief Dine served the region as the District 1 Commander of the Metropolitan Police Department, overseeing Downtown DC and Capitol Hill, and also served as Police Chief for the City of Frederick Police Department. Chief Dine chairs COG’s Police Chiefs Committee, which serves as a regional forum for public safety officials. In this Region Forward Q+A, Dine discusses COG’s work in regional safety, his love of Washington and Frederick, and the diversity of the community he continues to serve.
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Awards Recognize Officials for Animal Services Apr 10, 2014
The COG Animal Services Committee hosted its biennial awards ceremony on March 28, 2014 to honor animal control officers, rescuers, volunteers, and other dedicated animal service and care providers for their outstanding service to animals, animal owners, and the local communities within the region. The ceremony was hosted by Liz Crenshaw of NBC4.
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Patrick Wojahn Promotes TPB Coordination, Bike to Work Day Apr 4, 2014
The Transportation Planning Board Chairman's op-ed in the Washington Business Journal highlights the region's coordinated approach to transportation planning and the recently approved TPB Priorities Plan that includes strategies related to roads, mass transit, bicycling, and walking. He also appeared with Commuter Connections Director Nicholas Ramfos on NewsTalk on News Channel 8 to encourage residents to register for the region’s Bike to Work Day on May 16.
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COG Annual Report/Regional Directory Available for Download Mar 27, 2014
Region Shaping Leaders, the combined 2014 Regional Directory and 2013 Annual Report, is available for download on the COG web site. The publication lists the phone numbers and email addresses of area government officials and highlights major regional initiatives in 2013, including COG’s support of the landmark regional Blue Plains wastewater agreement, innovative strategies to encourage more growth in Activity Centers, and a new plan identifying our region’s transportation priorities. Click here to download.
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COG Seeking Applications for New Climate and Energy Leadership Awards Mar 26, 2014
At its March 2014 meeting, COG's Climate Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) officially launched a new awards program to recognize and encourage public agencies, non-governmental organizations and stakeholders in their efforts to achieve local and regional climate and energy goals.
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TPB Releases for Public Comment the Draft Long-Range Plan Project Submissions Mar 13, 2014
On Thursday, March 13, the Transportation Planning Board released for public comment the draft project submissions for the Air Quality Conformity Analysis of the 2014 update to the region's Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). The TPB also released the draft scope of work for the Air Quality Conformity Analysis.  The 30-day public comment period will close at midnight on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
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Q&A: Paul Quander, District of Columbia Deputy Mayor Mar 13, 2014
In this Region Forward Q&A, District of Columbia Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander, who serves as Chair of the COG Emergency Preparedness Council, discusses coordination across borders, cyber security and innovative public safety policies. Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog. 
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COG Launches Search for New Transportation Planning Director Mar 5, 2014
The Council of Governments has kicked off its search for the next Director of Transportation Planning. COG is looking for an expert, forward-thinking leader who’s up to the challenge of guiding regional transportation planning in the National Capital Region.
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Q&A: Richard Bowers, Fairfax County Fire Chief Feb 27, 2014
In this Region Forward Q&A, Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers, who serves as Chair of the COG Fire Chiefs Committee, discusses the benefits of partnerships and mutual aid agreements as well as our region's prominence in firefighting and emergency response. Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog. 
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District Department of the Environment Welcomes Feedback on Draft Bay Watershed Agreement at Public Meeting Feb 26, 2014
Meeting is being held at COG on February 27 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The public comment period is currently underway and ends on March 17, 2014.
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Bean Discusses Activity Centers, Transportation Priorities on Comcast Newsmakers Feb 24, 2014
On Comcast Newsmakers, Council of Governments Executive Director Chuck Bean discussed how COG is helping the region plan for an additional 1.6 million residents by 2040. He referenced some of the findings and recommendations in the recently-released Place + Opportunity report and Regional Transportation Priorities Plan.
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COG Members & Executive Director Interviewed on NBC4 Viewpoint Jan 28, 2014
Region Forward Coalition Vice-Chair & District of Columbia Planning Director Harriet Tregoning and Transportation Planning Board Member & Bowie City Councilman Todd Turner appeared with COG Executive Director Chuck Bean on NBC4's public affairs talkshow, Viewpoint, this past Sunday. They discussed our newest planning reports, Place + Opportunity and the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan.

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Q&A: Melissa Peacor, Prince William County Executive Jan 15, 2014
In this Region Forward Q & A, Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor discusses among other topics: regional collaboration, transportation as a foundation for family, and a regional leader that inspires her. She has worked for Prince William County since 1985 following jobs with the Seattle, Wash., Economic Development Office and the City of Glendale, Ariz., Strategic Planning Office. Peacor is also currently Chair of COG’s Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) Committee of city and county managers. Click here to view the Q&A on the Region Forward blog. 
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Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to Lead Region's Wednesday's Child Program Jan 3, 2014
On January 1, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption began its sponsorship of the Wednesday’s Child program to find adoptive homes for children in foster care in the National Capital Region. NBC4 and the Council of Governments will continue to support this program, which features children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted on local news television segments.
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"Bus-on-Shoulder" Proposals Need Careful, Site-Specific Evaluation, Task Force Says Dec 18, 2013
At the December 2013 TPB meeting, area officials discussed the final report and recommendations of a special task force that investigated promising locations in the region to operate buses on the shoulders of highways.
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New Analysis Forecasts Future Performance of Region's Transportation System Dec 18, 2013
TPB analysis measures how well the projects and programs in the region’s long-range transportation plan will meet the increased demands of future population and job growth.
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Ron Kirby Reward Fund Established Dec 17, 2013
The Fund has been established and will be administered by the Del Ray Business Foundation and it will assist law enforcement with the investigation.
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For 2014, Get Involved in Regional Transportation, Environmental Issues Dec 11, 2013
Two public advisory committees housed at the Council of Governments are recruiting new members—the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) and the Transportation Planning Board’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). In addition, COG’s Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) is recruiting new stakeholder members.
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COG Announces New Award in Honor of Ron Kirby Dec 11, 2013
Non-elected government officials will be eligible for this award, such as city and county managers and department directors. Winners will be judged on their commitment to working with other leaders and stakeholders to solve problems and make this region a better place.
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City and County Managers Share Ideas at First Regional Retreat Dec 4, 2013
The region’s Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) and Deputy CAOs met for a first-of-its-kind retreat to strengthen partnerships across area jurisdictions. Prince William County Executive and CAO Chairwoman Melissa Peacor emceed the meeting. Leadership coach and author Dr. Bob Rosen gave a keynote speech.
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Miller, Griffiths Appointed Acting Co-Directors of COG Department of Transportation Planning Nov 26, 2013
Gerald Miller and Robert Griffiths together have over 60 years of experience at COG, most of that time spent working directly for or with former director Ron Kirby.
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Q&A: Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Councilmember Nov 21, 2013

Roger Berliner was first elected to the Montgomery County Council in November 2006 as the District 1 representative for the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Kensington, and Poolesville areas. At the regional level, he serves on the COG Board of Directors and is the Chairman of COG's Climate Energy and Environment Policy Committee. In this Region Forward Q & A, Berliner discusses among other topics: sustainability, energy conservation, and a regional leader that inspires him.

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Area Officials Preview Upcoming Winter, Review Plans Nov 21, 2013
On November 4, area officials gathered at COG to discuss the upcoming 2013-2014 winter and review plans on coordinating and communicating before, during and after storms.
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EPC Seminar Focuses on Cyber Security Nov 21, 2013
The National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council convened its annual Senior Leaders Seminar on November 1 to discuss how to prepare and respond to cyber threats in the Washington area.
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Solar Power Initiatives Making D.C. Region More Sustainable Nov 20, 2013
Area leaders continue to move forward on projects to make solar power an option for more residents, businesses and local governments. We’ve previously blogged about efforts in Arlington, Frederick and Loudoun counties and in Charles County to create a strong, long-lasting solar market in metropolitan Washington.
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Chuck Bean, School Superintendents Discuss Region’s Future Nov 19, 2013
Like other top officials across metropolitan Washington, school superintendents say the area’s demographic changes and rapid population growth are among their top issues.
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Firestine, Peacor Win IRE Leadership Awards Oct 25, 2013
During the graduation ceremony of COG's Institute for Regional Excellence on October 25, Montgtomery County Chief Administrative Officer Tim Firestine and Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor were honored with leadership awards.  
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Q&A: Mary Hynes, Arlington County Board Member Oct 10, 2013

Mary Hynes was first elected to the County Board in 2007. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as an Arlington School Board member. Hynes is also an active leader at the regional level. She is the Chair of the Council of Governments’ Region Forward Coalition, the public-private group leading the effort to implement COG’s vision for the region’s future. She is also a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission’s Executive and Legislative Committees, the Virginia Municipal League’s Executive Committee and serves as Vice-President of the Virginia Transit Association.

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In Memoriam: COG Honors the Life of Karin Foster Oct 9, 2013

With great sadness, the Council of Governments and staff honor the life of Karin Foster, who passed away on September 30. Ms. Foster handled freight-related issues and served as the primary liaison to regional freight stakeholders during her 6-year tenure as a member of the Council's staff. She was a diligent, enthusiastic, and steadfast worker, a highly respected colleague, and a reliable friend.

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COG Forum Brings Leaders Together to Discuss Healthcare for D.C. Area Latinos Sep 30, 2013
Walter Tejada, Nancy Navarro interviewed at forum on impact of the new Affordable Care Act on the Latino population. COG also releases new Latino Health and Community Resources Directory.
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Into the Weeds (and Water) of the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Sep 17, 2013
The Anacostia Watershed has suffered hundreds of years of environmental neglect and lost forest and wetland habitat due to agriculture and development. The Watershed is highly urbanized and experiences water runoff from roads, parking lots, buildings and other paved-over surfaces. This runoff and debris, in addition to polluting the river, also warms the water and adversely affects the aquatic life in this freshwater system.
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Leaders Discuss Post-9/11 Emergency Preparedness Progress, Encourage Personal Preparedness Sep 11, 2013
On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a panel of area leaders discussed how governments, non-profits, and private partners have worked together to strengthen metropolitan Washington’s emergency preparedness.
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Executive Director Chuck Bean Highlights the Importance of Regional Coverage After Bezos's Acquisition of the Washington Post. Aug 14, 2013
Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney writes about Jeff Bezos's buying of the Post and other local newspapers, capturing COG Executive Director Chuck Bean's perspective.
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Priorities Plan Featured in Local News Stories Aug 1, 2013
The Washington Post, Frederick News-Post, and WAMU highlight draft plan's strategies and recommendations during its public comment period.
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Regional Environmental Groups Hold First Joint Meeting Jul 24, 2013
Officials discussed the links between water resources and climate and energy issues at the first joint meeting of the two regional policy committees. Fairfax County Vice Chair Penny Gross and Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner, the Chairs of the two committees, stressed the need for their groups to work together to advance mutual goals, such as energy efficiency and water and electric power resiliency.
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Frank Principi: Time for Action on the Region's Economy Jul 5, 2013
Board Member's op-ed in Washington Business Journal highlights Economy Forward, the Council of Governments' call to action for a more competitive metropolitan Washington. As COG Board Chairman, Principi led the Economy Forward effort in 2012. He is a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. 
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Metro DC Prepares for Climate Change Jul 1, 2013
COG is releasing our climate change adaptation report for the Region. Spurred by a technical assistance grant from EPA in 2010, COG began meeting with member jurisdictions to discuss adaptation planning strategies. The report serves to not only identify the direct effects of climate change, but also to advance a dialogue for local resiliency plans in the region.
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Blue Plains Agreement Featured in Local News Stories May 8, 2013
The Washington Post, WTOP, NBC4, ABC7 and other local media outlets highlight the landmark regional wastewater agreement.
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Karen Young: COG is Moving the Region Forward May 3, 2013
Board Chairwoman's op-ed in Washington Business Journal highlights the Council of Governments' ability to bring area leaders together and address key regional challenges. Young is president pro-tem of the city of Frederick, Maryland Board of Aldermen. 
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Clean Air Partners Kicks Off National Air Quality Awareness Week Apr 29, 2013
Group holding regional events to spur public interest in air quality in time for 2013 ozone season.
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Partnerships Bring Cleaner, More Efficient Engines to Local Businesses Apr 23, 2013
The Council of Governments worked with the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, Alexandria's Office of Environmental Quality, and the private sector to make several boats in metropolitan Washington cleaner.
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Projects Discussed at April TPB Meeting Featured in News Stories Apr 18, 2013
WTOP story covers the work of the Bus on Shoulder Task Force, while WAMU story highlights a TPB scenario that integrates a regional network of toll lanes and bus rapid transit with more concentrated growth in activity centers.
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Officials Discuss Street Smart on NBC4 Show Apr 16, 2013
Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada, District of Columbia Pedestrian Program Coordinator George Branyan, and Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Coordinator Jeff Dunckel urge drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to look out for each other.
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FBI Competition Might Make Headlines, but Area Leaders are Committed to Cooperation on Many Economic Issues Apr 11, 2013
At a forum organized by the DC Chamber of Commerce and Washington Business Journal, several top elected officials discussed regional cooperation, specifically in regards to economic development.
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Leaders Vote to Expand Purchasing Program That Saves Local Governments, Taxpayers $2 Million Annually Mar 13, 2013
Expansion of the Cooperative Purchasing Program to include the Baltimore region will increase the program’s purchasing power.
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TPB Call for Projects for new Transportation Alternatives (TA) program Mar 1, 2013
The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is calling for projects for the Transportation Alternatives Program for the National Capital Region. The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program is a new federal program under MAP-21 that provides funding to projects considered "alternatives" to traditional highway construction
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Council of Governments, Board of Trade Call on Congress to Stop Sequestration Feb 21, 2013
The two regional organizations have sent a joint letter urging Congress to avoid the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts.
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Scaling Up Electric Vehicles in Metropolitan Washington Feb 20, 2013
Recent events at the 2013 Washington Auto Show provided opportunities to promote electric vehicles in the region and to highlight recent work by the Council of Governments in this field.
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New Plan and Request Highlight Improving Air Quality Feb 19, 2013
After years of coordinated actions by area officials, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are formally asking EPA to redesignate this region as meeting its fine particle standards. Public hearings are being held February 19, 20, and 25. The draft fine particles plan and redesignation request are available for download and public comment.
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Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Seeking New Members Dec 19, 2012
ACPAC meets monthly and advises on air quality, climate and energy issues to policy committees at the Council of Governments.
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Frank Principi and Chuck Bean Discuss Metropolitan Washington's Future on NBC 4 Dec 7, 2012
COG's 2012 Board Chairman and incoming Executive Director appear on Viewpoint to talk about metropolitan Washington's future, focusing particularly on the region's economy, the impending fiscal cliff, and Economy Forward, COG's plan to make the region more competitive in a new era of decreased federal spending.
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TPB Forecasts Long-Term Impacts of Current Transportation Policy on Metropolitan Washington Nov 29, 2012
Analysis shows that congestion will continue to worsen in the region for both highways and transit without additional funding for transportation and changes to land use patterns.
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COG Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards Nov 14, 2012
COG members are asked to submit nominations for Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Service Award (for an outstanding local, state or federal elected official) and Regional Partnership Award.
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Area Leaders, Experts Meet in Silver Spring for Conference on Preventing and Eliminating Gangs Sep 28, 2012
The Metropolitan Washington Gang Conference brought together local and national gang experts, elected officials, law enforcement officers, and youth advocates. 
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News Channel 8 NewsTalk Show Focuses on Region's Improving Air Quality Sep 24, 2012
Members of Clean Air Partners discuss the program's efforts to reduce emissions and improve the region’s air quality to protect public health and the environment. 
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Local Officials Discuss Pedestrian Safety Issues in Metropolitan Washington Sep 11, 2012
Pedestrian safety officials from the District of Columbia and Montgomery County recently participated in a COG video chat featuring a wide-ranging discussion of issues related to pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
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COG Launches Search for New Executive Director Jul 12, 2012
The COG Board of Directors is seeking an experienced, forward- thinking Executive Director to provide leadership to the COG staff and take COG to the next level of success. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the 130 person, $26.8 million regional planning organization.
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Meeting on Storm Outages Featured by Various Media Outlets Jul 12, 2012
Washington Post quotes COG Chair Frank Principi on 9-1-1 outages saying “This region expects better. What is particularly concerning to me is it’s not the first time this has happened.”
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Frank Principi Discusses COG's Focus for 2012 on NewsTalk Jun 4, 2012
Board Chair highlighted economic growth and competitiveness initiative in appearance on News Channel 8 show.
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Ron Kirby Talks About Car Free Living on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show Jun 4, 2012
COG Transportation Planning Director discussed regional trends as well as data from recent household travel surveys.
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WTOP Story Highlights COG Workshop on Local Impacts of Climate Change May 21, 2012
COG hosted a workshop on planning for the local impacts of climate change on May 21. It focused on water, land use, and transportation planning implications of potential changes in precipitation patterns, sea level rise, flooding, and water quality in metropolitan Washington.
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Washington Post Article Features TPB Travel Survey Findings May 16, 2012
Presentation at May Transportation Planning Board meeting highlighted findings from a household travel survey of subareas throughout metropolitan Washington, such as Logan Circle in the District, Frederick, Maryland, and Woodbridge, Virginia, showing how area residents commute (drive alone, carpool, transit, walking, biking, other) as well as other household data.   
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Area Police are Enforcing Litter and Illegal Dumping Laws Apr 13, 2012
The Alice Ferguson Foundation, regional law enforcement departments, and COG are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Litter Enforcement Month this April to raise awareness about littering, the laws associated with it, and the social and environmental effects it has on communities, the economy, and the Potomac River.
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NBC's Viewpoint Highlights Key Transportation Programs Apr 2, 2012
Coverage of two Transportation Planning Board programs (Street Smart and rollDC) on NBC 4 brings attention to the issue of bicyclist and pedestrian safety as well as the need for wheelchair-accessible cabs.
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COG Annual Report/Regional Directory Available for Download Mar 14, 2012
The 2011 annual report chronicles COG and its members' work to improve the region's management of snowstorms and other incidents, develop a new regional HIV/AIDS strategy, help area families facing foreclosure find counseling, and plan for greater use of electric vehicles and solar power. The report is accompanied by COG 's regional directory of area government officials and agencies.
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Regional Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Fund Prevention Programs with Money from Foreclosure Settlement Mar 9, 2012
In a Washington Post opinion piece, COG Board Chair Frank Principi and Nonprofit Roundtable President Chuck Bean urge Virginia state lawmakers to dedicate funding from the recent National Foreclosure Settlement to foreclosure prevention programs. The D.C. region will receive a combined $136.7 million from the settlement.
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Sign Up for the TPB Weekly Report Mar 9, 2012
COG's Transportation Planning Department has launched the TPB Weekly Report, an online publication designed to provide brief, timely summaries of recent Transportation Planning Board research, analysis, outreach, and planning in the metropolitan Washington region. Subscribing to the report is fast and simple. 
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Diversifying and Growing the Region's Economy Jan 30, 2012
The financial crisis, combined with ongoing political gridlock, has laid bare the vulnerabilities that come with an overreliance on the federal government to drive economic growth.

In 2012, under the leadership of Chairman Frank Principi, COG will develop an economic growth and competitiveness plan for metropolitan Washington. Read Principi's Capital Business commentary here.

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COG Chairman Talks Affordable Housing, Foreclosures Jan 25, 2012
New COG Chairman Frank Principi (Prince William County) discusses regional housing issues, including the foreclosure crisis and the need for more affordable housing, on NBC's "Viewpoint" program.
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CAFN campaign encourages the region's residents to seek free help to avoid foreclosure Jan 12, 2012
The Capital Area Foreclosure Network is currently running an ad campaign encourgaing the region's residents to seek free help to avoid foreclosure.
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TPB Invites Public Comment on Regional Transportation Plans Jan 12, 2012
The proposed changes for the 2012 CLRP (Constrained Long Range Plan) and FY 2013-2018 TIP (Transportation Improvement Plan) were released on January 12 for a 30-day public comment period that will end on February 11.
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Metropolitan Washington in 2012: Looking Forward to the New Year Jan 5, 2012
COG Executive Director David Robertson and other regional leaders recently appeared on NBC's Viewpoint program to discuss major issues the region will face in 2012, including the economy, housing, transportation, changing demographics, and more.
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Area Officials, Experts Discuss Regional HIV/AIDS Strategy Dec 13, 2011
Area health officials, experts, and community leaders gathered recently to begin the formation of a coordinated strategy for combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the metropolitan Washington region.
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Members of COG IMR Committee Discuss Report on NewsTalk Nov 10, 2011
Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews and D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Director Millicent West discussed the Report of the Steering Committee on Incident Management and Response on News Channel 8's NewsTalk program.
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Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews Highlights IMR Report in Washington Post Column Nov 4, 2011
Andrews, who served as Chair of the Steering Committee on Incident Management and Response (IMR), discusses group's final report and key recommendation.
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COG Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby Featured in Washingtonian Article Oct 26, 2011
Article highlights COG/TPB work, including the region's long-range transportation plan, scenarios, and study of public attitudes on road pricing. 
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National Capital, Global Region: COG's 2011 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon Oct 13, 2011
Register for the event and/or nominate a leader or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the National Capital Region in 2011.
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Electric Vehicle Planning Moves Forward with New Partnership Sep 30, 2011
COG advanced regional electric vehicle planning by joining the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), an industry association of vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy providers, component suppliers and end users.
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Anti-Idling Campaign Communicates Directly with Bus and Truck Drivers Sep 28, 2011
This summer, COG coordinated a Driver Recognition Program to honor truck and bus drivers and their companies for reducing engine idling.
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COG's Ron Kirby Particpates in National Journal Transportation Debate Sep 16, 2011
On September 16, National Journal brought together a group of political leaders and experts at Union Station to discuss the need to improve America’s aging infrastructure during a time of massive deficits and demands for fiscal restraint. COG Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby was one of the featured speakers. 
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COG's David Robertson Recommends Metropolitan Business Planning in Capital Business Column Sep 16, 2011
In a Washington Post Capital Buinsess op-ed published on September 18, 2011, COG Executive Director David Robertson urges area leaders to look for ways to diversify the D.C. region's economy. 
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Article Focuses on Recent COG Meeting on Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Effort, Costs Jul 7, 2011
The Chesapeake Bay Journal, a monthly publication aimed at informing the public about issues and events that affect the Chesapeake Bay, focused a recent article on a special meeting of the COG Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee held on June 16 with Jeff Corbin, Special Advisor to the EPA Administrator for Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia Restoration.
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Blog Highlights COG Air Quality Forecasts, Air Alerts Jul 5, 2011
The Checkup, a Washington Post health blog, featured COG's air quality forecasts and air alerts.  It informed its readers that COG releases a three-day air-quality-index forecast every day at 3:30 p.m, and that people can sign up on the site to receive those forecasts via e-mail.
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CEEPC Chair Discusses Benefits of District Energy Jun 8, 2011

Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette, who is also Chairman of COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee, and COG Environmental Planner Jeff King discussed the benefits of 'district energy' on News Channel 8 after the June 2011 COG Board meeting.  Fisette delivered a progress report on the region's climate and energy action plan at the meeting.  District energy was one of the strategies CEEPC has examined to reduce energy costs and limit greenhouse gas emissions. 

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How Local Governments Can Plan for Electric Vehicles May 4, 2011
A COG Forum brought together representatives from local governments, utilities, and electric vehicle suppliers to discuss how local governments in the region can plan for and encourage the use of electric vehicles. Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder and other forum participants were interviewed by News Channel 8 and WUSA9. 
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COG's Report on Green Buildings in the Region Prompts Discussion May 4, 2011

Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette, who is also Chairman of COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee was joined by John Mataya, COG Regional Planner, on Bruce DePuyt’s NewsTalk program on NewsChannel8 to discuss Green Building Trends, a recently released report by COG on the progress the region is making towards adopting green building.

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COG Environmental Director Answers Questions from Washington Post Readers May 3, 2011
Stuart Freudberg, Director of COG’s Department of Environmental Programs, was invited by The Washington Post to participate in a live online Q&A on April 28 to discuss environmental issues and the progress metropolitan Washington is making in terms of sustainability.
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Recent COG Forums Focus on Helicopter Noise Feb 23, 2011
On February 23, 2011, residents, governmental representatives, and private sector representatives from Northern Virginia, primarily from Arlington and Fairfax Counties, attended a COG Helicopter Community Forum. This event was a follow up to two previous meetings on helicopter noise, a September 22, 2010 public forum and a November 30, 2010 briefing for local elected officials by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Rushern Baker, Chuck Bean discuss Region Forward Dec 9, 2010
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker [pictured left] and Nonprofit Roundtable Executive Director Chuck Bean discuss Region Forward at COG Annual Meeting.
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Task Force Co-Chairs Interviewed on FOX Morning News Nov 18, 2010

COG Chair Kwame Brown [pictured left] and BOT Chair Jim Dyke discuss the Moving Metro Forward report. 

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Annual Awards for Animal Services Presented Oct 1, 2010
COG honors the region's animal care and control professionals and volunteers
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NBC's Viewpoint Show Examines COG's Work on Air Quality, Emergency Preparedness, and Foreclosures Sep 8, 2010
Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi [pictured left], COG's Joan Rohlfs, and the Nonprofit Roundtable's Chuck Bean are interviewed by Jim Handly.    
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Post Columnist Draws Attention to Region Forward Aug 16, 2010
Roger Lewis devotes Shaping the City column to COG's new regional planning effort. 
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Report Shows Commercial Construction in the Region in 2009 at Second Lowest Rate in Nearly 30 Years Jul 16, 2010
Regional economic trends report – featuring data on income, jobs, housing, and population – also released.
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COG Launches Community Engagement Blog Campaign Jul 14, 2010
Blogs will share 'wise water use' messages with area residents.
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COG Chair Appoints Final Members to WMATA Governance Task Force Jun 10, 2010
Kwame Brown, Andrea Harrison, and Penelope Gross will represent COG Board on the group. 
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COG Board Chair Kwame Brown Promotes Regional Workforce Development Effort May 3, 2010

Commentary in the new Capital Business publication of The Washington Post also notes upcoming United for Jobs conference on June 3. 

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Area Fire Chiefs, Metro Hold Demonstration of New Rescue Carts Mar 24, 2010
Carts were purchased with federal homeland security funds to enhance regional emergency preparedness. 
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New Annual Report/Regional Directory Available Online Mar 15, 2010

This year's report, Moving the Region Forward, examines the many ways COG and its members are working to shape a more prosperous and sustainable metropolitan Washington. 

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Ron Kirby joins a panel of experts to discuss transportation in the region Mar 3, 2010
Watch a video of the COG Transportation Planning Director's appearance on the PBS special.
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COG Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Executive Director appear on Viewpoint to discuss the region's response to the recent snowstorms Mar 3, 2010
Brown, Principi, and Robertson also discuss the upcoming COG after action forum on the snow response.
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COG Board Chair Kwame Brown featured in CNN Piece on Minority Unemployment Mar 2, 2010
COG's Closing the Gaps to Build the Future report examines ways to build a stronger, more resilient regional workforce.
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COG Chairman Penelope Gross Appears on NBC's "Viewpoint" Jan 4, 2010
Gross participates in a discussion on the region's past and future.
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COG Ad Highlights New Regional Proposals and Initiatives Nov 30, 2009
In 2009, COG and area leaders proposed the K Street Transitway, a Regional Bike Sharing System, a Neighborhood Stablization Program, and a Workforce Development Task Force.
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Region Forward © featured on NBC's "Viewpoint" Nov 16, 2009

Watch Sharon Bulova, Stewart Schwartz, and David Robertson discuss the Greater Washington 2050 report.

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Region Forward © Discussed on News Channel 8 Nov 4, 2009
2050 Coalition Chair Sharon Bulova and COG Executive Director David Robertson are interviewed on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt. 
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WAMU Features Region Forward © Nov 3, 2009

WAMU-FM report features 2050 Coalition members and COG podcast series.   

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TPB Gives Final Approval to Purple Line Light Rail Project Oct 22, 2009
"Return to L'Enfant" proposal components also approved for inclusion into region's long-range transportation plan.
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COG and the Board of Trade Host Forum on Street Light Technology Oct 20, 2009
Forum exposes regional officials and leaders to new, state-of-the-art street lighting technology.
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COG Mourns the Loss of Jim Shell Oct 15, 2009

Jim began his career at COG in April, 1989, and was a major player in assisting the region with water security, emergency water supply and drought response planning, pollution prevention, hydrilla harvesting, wastewater management, Potomac River and Anacostia restoration, and many other accomplishments.  He was a gentle and kind colleague and friend and will be deeply missed.

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TPB Hosting Public Outreach Meeting Oct 15, 2009
October 15 meeting will focus on update of region's long-range transportation plan. 
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COG Board Releases Greater Washington 2050 Report for Comment Oct 14, 2009

COG members, stakeholders and the public are invited to review the draft report, Region Forward ©.  It proposes goals, targets, and a compact agreement to guide future planning.  Comments are due by November 30, 2009 at 5 p.m. 

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Region's Health Officers Discuss Preparations for H1N1 Virus Sep 3, 2009
Watch the officers on NBC 4's Viewpoint.
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Event Builds Awareness for Next Year's Census Aug 26, 2009
COG hosts Census in Schools regional kick-off.  
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Column Features Recent COG/NCPC Meeting Aug 6, 2009
COG Chairman Penelope Gross, Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett talk to The Washington Post about opportunities for federal-regional partnership.
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Experts, Officials Discuss Climate Change Adaptation Aug 4, 2009

COG report recommends developing a plan to address possible effects of climate change.

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COG's Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting Jul 27, 2009
Chairman Jay Fisette led committee members in a discussion on the requirements for meeting recommendations of the National Capital Region Climate Change Report.
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Obama Administration Officials, Local and Regional Leaders Discuss Building a Stronger Federal-Regional Partnership Jul 21, 2009
Valerie Jarrett, Adolfo Carrion, and Xavier Briggs speak at a special COG/NCPC event.

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TPB and FTA Hold Priority Bus Conference Jun 25, 2009
Conference examined ways in which to improve the region's transporation system by utilizing priority buses.
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Officials Hold Fireworks Safety News Conference and Demonstration Jun 24, 2009
Fire marshals addressed the dangers associated with the use of illegal fireworks and showed how fireworks are mishandled and improperly used.
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Panel of Area Leaders Discuss Greater Washington 2050 Initiative Jun 22, 2009
Listen to Greater Washington 2050 Coalition Members Barbara Favola, Alan Imhoff, Jim Dinegar and Stewart Schwartz, and COG Executive Director David Robertson discuss the initiative and the region's future on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
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COG Recruiting Stakeholders for new Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee Jun 18, 2009
Applications due by July 10, 2009.
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Foster Parents Honored At Regional Appreciation Gala Jun 2, 2009

COG and the Freddie Mac Foundation present area foster parents with awards for service. Plus, Chairman Gross discusses the Gala in the latest episode of 'The COG Podcast.'

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COG and the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region host Third Annual NCR Interagency Chaplains Conference May 28, 2009
Major General Richard Rowe and COG’s David McMillion deliver opening remarks at the event held at Fort Myer, Virginia.
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Jay Fisette Named Chair of COG’s new Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee May 13, 2009
New group will provide the leadership and support to reach the goals outlined in COG's National Capital Region Climate Change Report.
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Area Students Honored at Clean Air Partners' Annual Meeting May 13, 2009

Contest winners stress importance of curtailing air pollution and its effects on climate change.

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Sharon Bulova and Dave Roberston Discuss Greater Washington 2050 May 6, 2009

Watch a video clip of the Fairfax County Chairman and COG Executive Director on NewsChannel8's NewsTalk discussing a new survey of the region's residents.

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Information, Updates on the H1N1 Flu Apr 28, 2009
Latest updates on the H1N1 Flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
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COG, Area Urban Foresters Contribute to USDA's New People's Garden Project Apr 22, 2009
COG, U.S. Forest Service, and region's urban foresters have been working together to make use of urban wood from local trees felled by storms and routine maintenance. 
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COG and Baltimore Metropolitan Council Sign New Cooperative Purchasing Agreement Apr 22, 2009
Washington and Baltimore regional officials will work together to secure even better value for dollars spent on goods, services and construction. 
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COG Honors Local Citizens For Service To Animals Mar 18, 2009

The Washington region’s outstanding animal services professionals and volunteers were honored at COG’s fifth annual Animal Services Awards program.

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New PSA Highlights Famous Foster Children Feb 4, 2009

Black History Month message encourages area residents to become foster parents.  

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Barbara Favola and Ron Kirby Talk Stimulus Jan 29, 2009

Watch a clip of their appearance on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt as they discuss the stimulus package and its potential impact on the region.

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‘Heart Gallery’ on Display in COG Lobby Jan 15, 2009
The Freddie Mac Foundation Heart Gallery is on display in the lobby of the COG building until January 30.
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Penelope Gross, Michael Knapp, and Phil Mendelson Discuss Key Issues Facing the National Capital Region Jan 7, 2009

Watch the COG leaders on NBC4's Viewpoint

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New COG Podcast: Greater Washington 2050: Thinking About the Future Nov 24, 2008
An expert panel discussed how economic developments, technological innovations, and climate change can affect the future of the National Capital Region.
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COG Congratulates Gerry Connolly and Other Members for their Recent Electoral Victories Nov 14, 2008
Longtime COG Board Member Gerry Connolly of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors was elected to Tom Davis’ open seat in Virginia's 11th Congressional District. COG also extends its thanks to District of Columbia Council Member Carol Schwartz and U.S. Congressman Tom Davis (VA-11) for their many years of service to the region. 

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2008 Emergency Preparedness Council Senior Leaders Seminar Oct 22, 2008

The EPC held its 2008 Senior Leaders Seminar on October 21. The goal of the seminar was to ensure that all jurisdictions in region are prepared to effectively respond to and recover from a pandemic influenza.

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NARC, NGA, COG Hold Joint Event Oct 18, 2008

Conference focuses on how states and regions can work together to achieve common goals.

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Cultural Alliance Launches Online Regional Arts and Culture Index Sep 26, 2008

The new web site, CultureCapital.com, plans to serve as a one stop shop for arts and cultural events in the Washington metropolitan area.

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Car Free Day Metro DC Sep 23, 2008
The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area held its first region-wide Car Free Day event on September 22. Car Free Day is an opportunity for residents and workers to see how their streets might look and feel with fewer cars on the road.
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Six COG Member Jurisdictions Honored as Top Digital County Governments Jul 15, 2008

The awards were presented in Kansas City, MO at the National Association of Counties Conference from July 11-15, 2008. 

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COG Wins Potomac Champion Award from Alice Ferguson Foundation Jul 9, 2008
COG Board Member and Greenbelt Mayor Judith Davis and COG Executive Director David Robertson display the Potomac Champion Award from the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
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COG Board Member Bruce Williams honored by Equality Maryland Jun 1, 2008
Takoma Park Mayor and COG Board Member Bruce Williams was honored with an award by Equality Maryland at its 7th Annual Night Out for Equality.
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Outstanding Foster Parents Honored May 19, 2008
COG and the Freddie Mac Foundation honor region's foster parents at 6th annual gala. 
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Regional Green Building Program Honored Mar 19, 2008
COG wins 2008 Sustainability Award from American Society of Civil Engineers-National Capital Section.
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Greater Washington 2050 Coalition to Engage Younger Residents Feb 21, 2008
The Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, a group of regional leaders, decided to reach out to younger residents on issues of growth and quality of life in the National Capital Region. 
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COG Travels to Annapolis, Richmond Feb 5, 2008
Regional priorities discussed during outreach to state elected officials.
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50th Anniversary Video Available Online Jan 2, 2008

Narrated by ABC7 News Anchor Gordon Peterson, the video chronicles the histories of both COG and the region it has served since 1957.

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Clean Air Partners Celebrates 10 Years Nov 5, 2007
Clean Air Partners commemorated its 10-Year Anniversary by dedicating a cherry tree along the Washington, DC tidal basin.
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COG Official Named President of VML Oct 17, 2007
COG congratulates Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Member and Former COG Board Chair, on his selection as the first Arlington County representative elected president of the Virginia Municipal League.
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Preliminary Estimates of Region's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Released Sep 26, 2007
At its bi-monthly meeting in September, members of COG's Climate Change Steering Committee reviewed preliminary estimates of emissions caused by electricity, vehicles, residential and commercial fuel use, airplanes and other local sources.
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CLRP Now Available for Viewing Via Google Earth Jul 26, 2007
Wondering what the TPB has in store for the region's roadways? Try out a new interactive way to see what's happening using Google EarthTM. Click "more" to learn about the advanced visualization of the CLRP.
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Latest Drought Report Now Available Jul 26, 2007
COG continues to monitor the dry conditions throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District.
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Local Jurisdictions To Save Millions After Reverse Auction Jun 6, 2007
Local jurisdictions will save millions of dollars in natural gas supply over the next three years, thanks to the region's first natural gas reverse auction.
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National Capital Region Practices Response to a Hurricane May 1, 2007
Emergency personnel, elected officials and various other leaders from throughout the region responded to a mock hurricane to help them prepare for possible weather-related emergencies in the future.
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Campaign Aims to Educate Homeowners, Protect the Chesapeake Bay and Improve the Environment Apr 20, 2007
The “Healthy Lawns, Clean Water” the campaign encourages homeowners and businesses to do their part in protecting the bay.
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Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Mar 20, 2007
A clean-up by the Student Action Committee created by COG and the Alice Ferguson Foundation were featured on Fox 5 News. Click here to view the news clips
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Pilots Gather for Forum on Helicopter Noise Mar 14, 2007
Pilots discuss ways to lessen the impact of helicopter noise on communities.
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Third Edition of Air Quality Newsletter Released Feb 20, 2007
Click here to read the newsletter.
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Congressman Chris Van Hollen Welcomes Student Leadership Feb 12, 2007
Twenty high school students met with Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen to take a leadership role in the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative.
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Homeland Security Exercise Pulled from Lessons Learned after 9/11 and Hurricanes Jan 30, 2007
Emergency managers and social service officials completed an exercise this week designed to practice the long-term recovery procedures needed after a natural or man-made disaster.
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Forum Explores Solutions to Climate Change Jan 30, 2007
COG's Regional Climate Change Staff Roundtable brought together more than 75 stakeholders to begin plans for a regional climate change agenda.
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Officials Tour LEED certified building Dec 12, 2006
Regional leaders participate in green building tour at the National Association of Realtors
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COG Board Seeks Information Regarding Public Health and Environmental Concerns of Endocrine Disruptors Dec 5, 2006
Initiative part of COG’s ongoing monitoring of regional water quality concerns in the Potomac watershed and in light of recent reports regarding ‘intersex fish.’
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Highway Congestion Could More Than Double Without Change, Officials Say Oct 18, 2006
Adjustments to the region's development patterns and transit plans can help the region avoid more than doubling traffic congestion by 2030, transportation officials said at a press conference October 18.
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COG, Local Utilities, and Giant Food Work Together to Share Water Conservation Tips with Area Residents Oct 18, 2006
Thousands of milk cartons will display water saving tips thanks to a new partnership between Giant Food and the region's Wise Water Use campaign. 
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As Region Grows, Officials Discuss Ways to Make it Greener Oct 4, 2006
At COG's Green Building Conference, participants discussed ways to develop a greener, more environmentally-friendly Washington region.
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TPB Releases Long-Range Plan for Public Comment, Debuts New Plan Website Sep 14, 2006
The TPB released the proposed new long-range transportation plan at the Citizen Advisory Committee meeting on September 14, 2006.
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Be Ready. Make a Plan. Sep 7, 2006
Now is the time to prepare your family for emergencies. Find out how...
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TPB Sponsoring Safe Routes to School Course Aug 30, 2006
On Tuesday, September 12, the Transportation Planning Board is sponsoring the Safe Routes to School National Course in Arlington.  The course is offered free of charge.  Registration is required. 
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Commissioner Lovell Makes Appearances as Wayne Water Drop Aug 18, 2006
Frederick County Commissioner John R. Lovell, Jr. helps promote wise water during a Frederick Keys baseball game August 11.
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Fairfax Water Dedicates New Treatment Plant Jul 17, 2006
Northern Virginia’s largest water utility, dedicated the Frederick P. Griffith Water Treatment Plant and Visitor Education Center in July.
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Putting Discarded Wood to Good Use Jun 28, 2006
At a recent COG workshop, participants shared ideas on how to put discarded raw timber from the region's urban forests to better use.  
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Clean Fuels Discussed in Detail at COG Seminar Jun 15, 2006

Ethanol, compressed natural gas, and biodiesel were the hot topics during a seminar at COG...

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Pawn Database Selected for International Award Jun 14, 2006
COG's Regional Pawn Database Sharing System was recognized with an award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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COG Testifies at Homeland Security Funding Hearing Jun 14, 2006
Regional leaders answered questions from members of the House Government Committee on Reform during a hearing in June.
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COG Board Acts to Strengthen Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership Jun 14, 2006
The Board took action at its June monthly meeting.
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Forum Explores Strategies for Combating Local Meth Problem May 31, 2006
COG brought together law enforcement and health officials to discuss local impacts...
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Workshop Highlights Hydrogen Technology May 24, 2006
HydroGen3Government officials and industry experts discussed the newest research in alternative fuels during a one-day session cosponsored by COG and the National Hydrogen Association.
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Officials Testify at Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Hearing May 8, 2006
Local, state, and federal officials provided testimony on a proposed bill telling Congress there is no way to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by 2010 as called for in an agreement signed six years ago by the region’s governors, state legislators, and the EPA.
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Water Use it Wisely Day Apr 20, 2006
waterOn April 20, the region's Water Use It Wisely conservation program was showcased during Green DC Week.
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Annual Report Released Mar 31, 2006
Find out how COG regional solutions are born and built -- in the face of growth and development and changing needs.
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Workshop at COG Brings Together Leading Water Quality Experts Mar 24, 2006

Dozens of the nation's leading experts on nutrient removal gathered together to discuss new ways to improve water quality...

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Area Leaders Unite to Promote Pedestrian Safety Campaign Mar 21, 2006
Area officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia launched the COG-sponsored Street Smart campaign and reaffirmed their dedication pedestrian safety.
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TPB Seeks Public Comment on New Projects Mar 10, 2006
The TPB invites members of the public to comment on proposed changes to its Contrained Long Range Plan
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EPC Member Shares Preparedness Tips with Schoolchildren Mar 2, 2006
Representatives from the Red Cross and COG shared emergency preparedness tips with schoolchildren, while participating in Read Across America Day.
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Bladensburg Joins COG as Adjunct Member Feb 8, 2006

During the February Board Meeting, the Town of Bladensburg, MD was welcomed as a new Adjunct Member to COG. 

 

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Van Hollen, Local Governments Commit to Trash Free Potomac by 2013 Jan 18, 2006
Van_HollenMaryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen signed a treaty at COG to clean the Potomac Watershed by 2013.
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Pawn System Recovers Stolen Goods Jan 3, 2006
COG, along with local police departments, reminds area residents to record the serial numbers of all possessions.
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New Department of the Environment in D.C. Dec 5, 2005
Mayor Anthony Williams recently signed legislation establishing a new Department of the Environment for the District of Columbia.
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Chesapeake Executive Council Explores New Measures Dec 5, 2005
At the Chesapeake Executive Council meeting attended by COG staff, several measures were adopted intended to accelerate protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
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Radio Campaign Encourages Recycling Nov 7, 2005
COG has launched a two-week radio ad campaign to encourage residents and businesses of the area to do their part in keeping the environment clean.
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Regional Leaders Address Homelessness Oct 25, 2005
Porter_MendelsonThe region's leaders today gathered to discuss collaborative solutions to homelessness.
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COG Board Supports Efforts to Clean Potomac Oct 22, 2005
At its November meeting the COG Board adopted a resolution to reaffirm support for the goal of achieving a Trash-Free Potomac River by 2013.
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Cooperative Forecast Predicts Growth Oct 12, 2005
The region’s latest forecast for population and household growth reveals a robust economy that will continue to experience steady employment and population increases in coming decades.
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COG Discusses Impacts of Rising Gasoline Prices Oct 5, 2005
On September 30th, approximately 40 participants gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for a panel discussion on the Impacts of Rising Gasoline Prices. Participants included officials from the State Energy Offices in the region, local government energy managers, and representatives of academia.
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2004 State of the Commute Survey Results Released Sep 20, 2005
The 2004 survey report documents trends in commuting behaviors in the metropolitan Washington Region.
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Regional Leaders Discuss Emergency Plans Sep 14, 2005
SeptMontgomery County Executive Doug Duncan and Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson joined COG Chair J Davis and other regional leaders to discuss area emergency plans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  
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Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Aug 31, 2005
Many organizations are accepting donations to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. A list of organizations accepting cash donations is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is also requesting that volunteers coordinate their efforts with professional organizations. Read more in the FEMA press release.
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Poster Session Focuses on IRE Research Jul 11, 2005
IREMembers of COG's Chief Administrative Officers Committee were introduced to the Institute for Regional Excellence when participants of the 2005 class presented their results of months-long research in a special poster session.
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Renewable Energy Seminar Explores New Technology Jun 24, 2005
WoosleyUp-and-coming technologies, cleaner air, and more affordable sources of electricity were all part of discussions at a Renewable Energy Seminar.
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Homeland Security Grants Available Jun 21, 2005
Grants are now available through the 2005 Homeland Security Grant program at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice in the District of Columbia.
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Frederick Farm Tour Features Best Practices Jun 13, 2005
FrederickThe region’s elected officials braved the heat on a recent June day for an inside look at Frederick County’s agriculture and nutrient management.
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Radio Town Hall Focuses on Violence and Pedestrian Safety Jun 13, 2005
On June 12, COG and Clear Channel Radio hosted a Community Breakfast Forum on two of region’s most serious issues: violence and pedestrian safety.
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"Street Smart" Launches Pedestrian and Bike Safety Campaign May 26, 2005
BusA new three-year campaign will educate the public on pedestrian safety.
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Foster Families Honored at Third Annual Gala May 9, 2005
COG and the Freddie Mac Foundation honored nine outstanding foster families at the third annual Foster Parent Appreciation Gala.
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Board Chair Fields Questions on Life in Washington May 8, 2005
Fisette COG Board Chair Jay Fisette answers questions from Washington Post readers interested in issues related to life in the metropolitan Washington area.
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2005 Regional Directory Available Apr 6, 2005
COG's new 2005 Regional Directory offers contact information for key officials in the metropolitan Washington area.
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Broadband Task Force Will Research Internet Accessibility Jan 23, 2005
The COG Board of Directors voted to create a Broadband Task Force that will advise elected officials on regional and local broadband policy initiatives and best practices.
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