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Transportation to 2040: Area Officials Review Long-Range Plan’s Future Impact, Funding, and New Project Proposals Sep 17, 2014
At the September 2014 Transportation Planning Board meeting, new analyses and project information were provided to aid area officials, stakeholders, and residents interested in reviewing and commenting on this year's draft long-range plan update. Public comment on the plan is open until October 11.
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COG Board Votes to Support 9-1-1 Communications Infrastructure Planning Sep 10, 2014
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 Sep 9, 2014
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 Aug 8, 2014
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 Aug 6, 2014
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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TPB Approves Package of Community Changing Grants Jul 16, 2014
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 Jul 15, 2014
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 Jul 15, 2014
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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Crime Rate Continues Downward Trend in Metropolitan Washington Jul 9, 2014
The crime rate in metropolitan Washington is continuing to decrease according to the 2013 Annual Report on Crime & Crime Control released today at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting.
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Kanti Srikanth Named Council of Governments' Director of Transportation Planning Jun 27, 2014
Kanathur N. (Kanti) Srikanth, a well-respected leader in transportation planning with thorough knowledge of the National Capital Region, has been named the Director of Transportation Planning for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Srikanth is currently the Director of Transportation Planning for the Northern Virginia District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). He will succeed the late Ronald F. Kirby, one of the region’s leading experts on transportation planning, who served in this position from 1987 to 2013.
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Stuart Freudberg Named Council of Governments’ Deputy Executive Director Jun 25, 2014
Stuart Freudberg, a recognized regional leader on the environment, homeland security, and other key issues, has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments by Executive Director Chuck Bean. Freudberg, a 34-year veteran of the nonprofit association of D.C area governments, will oversee various COG departments and offices, including environmental programs, public safety and health, homeland security, finance, and contracts and purchasing.
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Employers with Top Commuter Benefits Programs Recognized for Their Green Efforts Jun 24, 2014
Today, local business leaders and elected officials recognized three regional employers for their efforts in reducing their carbon footprints and regional traffic congestion by offering innovative transportation-benefits packages to employees.
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New Federal Program To Increase Mobility for People with Disabilities, Older Adults Jun 18, 2014
At its meeting today, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was briefed on the new federal Enhanced Mobility program, which provides funding for accessible transportation projects across the region. “With this money, we’re going to provide more access and mobility to people with disabilities and older adults,” TPB Chairman and College Park City Councilman Patrick Wojahn remarked of the federal grant, formally known as the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility Program.
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TPB Sends Message to Congress: Fund the Highway Trust Fund, Re-Authorize Transportation Spending Package May 21, 2014
At its meeting today, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to send a letter to Congress, calling for the replenishment of the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the reauthorization of MAP-21, the current surface transportation funding package passed in 2012. The impending insolvency of the HTF will jeopardize critical projects in the coming fiscal year, which is set to improve safety on roads, railways, and pedestrian and bike infrastructure for more than 5 million people in the region.
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Lack of Affordable Housing Drives Increase in Homelessness in D.C. Region May 14, 2014
According to an annual report by the Council of Governments, there are 11,946 homeless people living in the Metropolitan Washington region – a 3.5 percent increase from 2013. The report, Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington, which contains the results of the 14th annual count of the region’s homeless population, was released during the COG Board of Directors meeting.
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2014 Foster Parents of the Year Honored by COG Board, Local Agencies May 14, 2014
The 2014 Foster Parents of the Year for metropolitan Washington were honored at the Council of Governments May Board meeting for their commitment to their foster sons and daughters as well as to the children’s birth families. The foster parents were praised for developing productive partnerships with the birth families that benefitted the children and entire communities.
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May 16 Officially Proclaimed Bike to Work Day in Region May 8, 2014
Washington, D.C. – A proclamation signed by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, officially declared Friday, May 16, 2014 as Bike to Work Day (BTWD) throughout the Washington metropolitan region, and final preparation for BTWD “pit stop” celebrations are under way.
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As Ozone Season Begins, Officials Cite Air Quality Improvement, Encourage Further Progress in D.C. Region Apr 28, 2014
With the “Ozone Season” starting for 2014, officials want the region to continue its positive trend in air quality. Starting today, Air Quality Awareness week is part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness of the connection between air quality and public health.
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Commuter Connections Launches Mobile-Friendly Website, Mobile Apps Apr 24, 2014
Commuter Connections, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, launched a new mobile-friendly website and mobile apps to give commuters state-of-the-art access to its programs on their smartphones and tablets. This effort is just the most recent in Commuter Connections’ history of delivering quality commuter services using the leading technology of the time.
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Warmer Weather Prompts Increased Outdoor Activity and Safety Enforcement Apr 17, 2014
Street Smart urges drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution. Officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia gathered in Woodbridge, VA to kick off the Spring 2014 campaign.  
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TPB Advances Projects Proposed for Region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan - Final vote on plan update to take place in the fall Apr 16, 2014
At its meeting today, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to include ten projects in an air quality analysis required as part of the annual update to the financially Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan (CLRP).
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Bike to Work Day 2014 Registration Opens Marking the Start of Spring Mar 26, 2014
Registration for the metropolitan region’s Bike to Work Day 2014 has opened, punctuating the end of a long cold, winter.  The first 14,000 participants who register for this free event at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org become eligible for a bicycle raffle and will receive a free t-shirt commemorating this year’s celebration, held on Friday, May 16, 2014.
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Mary Anne McKown Named Managing Director, National Capital Region Program Management Office Mar 25, 2014
Mary Anne McKown, a manager with more than 22 years of experience, 14 of which included leading homeland security and emergency management projects, has been selected as the Managing Director of the National Capital Region’s Homeland Security Program Management Office (PMO.) The PMO was established last fall to coordinate and direct homeland security programs for the National Capital Region. The PMO will be housed at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
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Green Streets Policy Adopted by Transportation Planning Board Feb 19, 2014
At its February meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) adopted a Green Streets Policy for the National Capital Region, which encourages local jurisdictions to improve environmental quality with green infrastructure.
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Stephen Walz Named Council of Governments’ Director of Environmental Programs Jan 31, 2014
Walz served as the Director of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy during the administration of Gov. Timothy Kaine and was the former governor’s energy policy advisor.  He currently serves as the Director of Regional Energy Planning for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC.)  He also is widely recognized for his work on water quality, air quality, climate, waste disposal and open space issues.
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New Plan Identifies Regional Transportation Priorities Jan 15, 2014
At its January meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved a new plan of transportation strategies to inform area decision-makers as they set budgets and consider projects for 2014 and beyond. The Regional Transportation Priorities Plan stresses the need for a pragmatic approach to future transportation planning in an era of limited financial resources and continued population and job growth.
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New COG Effort to Help Governments, Stakeholders Create Thriving Communities throughout the National Capital Region Jan 8, 2014
At its January 2014 meeting, the COG Board of Directors approved Place + Opportunity, a new report that analyzes development opportunities in area business and residential hubs -- known as Activity Centers -- to inform government leaders and stakeholders on place-making decisions.
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Phil Mendelson Elected Chairman of Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Jan 8, 2014
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today elected District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson as its 2014 Chairman. The COG Board is comprised of local and state elected officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and is responsible for the regional body’s overall policy and funding decisions.
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Council of Governments, Stakeholders Spur Historic Federal Communications Commission Rule to Ensure Reliable 9-1-1 Service Dec 13, 2013
Washington, DC – In an historic action advocated by the Council of Governments, its stakeholders and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday adopted rules to help ensure that 9-1-1 calls across the nation are delivered during disasters. The action followed regional studies documenting the significant loss of 9-1-1 service in Northern Virginia during the June 2012 Derecho storm.
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Mary Hynes Wins COG’s Scull Award for Regional Leadership; The Community Foundation Wins Regional Partnership Award Dec 11, 2013

At its Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), a nonprofit association of over 300 area elected officials, presented Arlington County Board Member Mary Hynes with the organization’s highest honor. Hynes received COG’s Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award for her leadership at the regional level, including her service as Chairman of the COG Region Forward Coalition and her work on the Metro Board of Directors.

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Brookings Katz Tells COG Gathering that Innovation, Economic Growth will be Led by Area Officials and Partners, not Federal Government Dec 11, 2013
Katz discussed several themes from his book, The Metropolitan Revolution. It states that in cities and metropolitan areas across the nation, leaders are “taking on the big issues that federal officials in Washington won’t, or can’t, solve.”
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COG Statement Regarding Ron Kirby Nov 12, 2013
All of the officials and employees of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Transportation Planning Board are devastated by the loss of our colleague, Ron Kirby. Dr. Kirby, one of the region’s leading experts on transportation planning, was a key figure in all aspects of our work on regional planning and collaboration. He guided the work of the Transportation Planning Board for more than 26 years.
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Council of Governments and Area Utilities Encourage Residents to Participate in Drug Take Back Day Oct 24, 2013
Regional water supply and wastewater officials applaud the Drug Enforcement Administration's efforts for keeping potential contaminants out of the water life cycle. Take Back Day is October 26.
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Local Officials Urge Drivers, Pedestrians, and Cyclists To Look Out for Each Other Oct 22, 2013

With Daylight Saving Time ending on November 3, school back in session, and Halloween around the corner, regional safety officials came together to remind drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to pay extra attention to one another on area roadways.

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New Website Helps Navigate Transportation Planning in D.C. Region Oct 17, 2013
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board launched the Transportation Planning Hub, a new website that will help people better understand how transportation decisions are made in metropolitan Washington and get involved in the decision-making process.
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End of Federal Government Shutdown a Relief for the Region Oct 17, 2013
"The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is relieved and thankful that Congress has taken bipartisan action to reopen the federal government,” Karen Young, the Council’s Board of Directors chairwoman said today. “We strongly support lawmakers on both sides of the recent impasse who understand that a shutdown – which caused irreparable harm to our local and national economy - should not occur again.”
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Council Board Sends Letter to Congress Calls for Reopening of Federal Government, Passage of Clean Continuing Resolution Oct 10, 2013

The Metropolitan Washington  Council of Governments (COG) Board of  Directors approved a letter to be sent to the full delegation of congressional representatives and senators in the COG Region, calling for Congress to immediately pass a clean continuing resolution to reopen the federal government.

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Solar Power, Green Buildings Making D.C. Region More Sustainable Oct 10, 2013

Area governments, businesses, and utilities in metropolitan Washington are implementing a number of green initiatives that are enhancing the region’s sustainability and prosperity according to the Climate and Energy 2012 Progress Report.

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Rep. Gerry Connolly Urges Regional Group to Keep Pushing for Big Changes to Support Transit, Activity Centers Sep 27, 2013
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D -VA-11), today told a group of metropolitan Washington’s elected officials and community groups to continue working to win more federal support for the area’s Metro transit system and advocating for improved community developments such as the Tysons area in Fairfax County.
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Data Shows Major Air Quality Improvement in D.C. Region Sep 25, 2013
Officials celebrate no Code Red days in the summer of 2013 but also stay focused on meeting EPA air quality standards.
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TPB Briefed on Regional Freight Projects Sep 18, 2013
Freight traffic is forecast to increase by 66 percent, about 400 million tons and 151% in value. Over the next 30 years trucks will account for about 90 percent by both weight and value shipped. This will put a strain on rail, road, and air capacity as global shipping patterns affect the Southeastern United States.
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Going Car Free Goes Interactive Sep 17, 2013
Commuter Connections is going viral with social media on Car Free Days this September 20 through 22. This year, the program will tweet event info, take pledges online, and collect images from participants via Instagram, to encourage the region’s travelers and commuters to try green, convenient commute options by eliminating or reducing drive-alone commuting for one, two, or three days.
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TapIt Campaign Goes Mobile with Free App for Finding Free Tap Water in Metro DC Aug 27, 2013

A new mobile phone app is offering local consumers an easy way to locate places to refill their reusable bottles with free tap water. The “TapIt Metro DC” app is now available for free at the Apple iTunes app store and will be available later this week at the Google Play store or at freetapwater.org. The app identifies participating businesses within the Washington region using a map interface.

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Pledge Today for Car Free Days – Free Registration is Now Open! Aug 7, 2013

Washington D.C. — Car Free Days in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region will be celebrated over a three-day period from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. 

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TPB Releases Draft Regional Transportation Priorities Plan for Comment Jul 25, 2013
Officials are seeking feedback on the draft Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, a new effort informed by the public to identify strategies that will address metropolitan Washington’s major transportation challenges. On July 24, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) has released the plan for a 30-day public comment period that will close on Friday, August 23.
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Federal Government Leading Continued Growth in Teleworking in the Washington Region Jul 19, 2013
Over a quarter of commuters interviewed—27 percent—reported working from home or working remotely “at least occasionally” according to the most recent State of the Commute survey conducted by Commuter Connections, a program of the Transportation Planning Board at the Council of Governments.
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TPB Approves Projects for Inclusion in Region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan Jul 17, 2013
Today the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted unanimously to include 12 major transportation projects into the region’s Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan (CLRP).  
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Input by D.C. Area Residents Shaping Transportation Priorities Plan Jul 17, 2013
For the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, survey participants identified transit crowding, roadway congestion, and Metro and highway maintenance as top challenges for officials to address.  
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Council of Governments Forecasts Code Orange Air Quality for Metropolitan Washington Region Jul 16, 2013
Sensitive groups like children and adults with respiratory and heart ailments, may experience health effects and should limit time spent outside.
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Number of Area Children in Foster Care Declined 27-Percent Over Last Five Years Jul 12, 2013
The overall number of area children in foster care has declined according to the COG 2012 Foster Care Annual Report.  The report, which was presented at Wednesday’s COG Board meeting, found that in 2012 there were 3,349 children in foster care throughout the region, down from 4,601 in 2008 – a reduction of 27%. This figure outpaces the national rate of children in foster care, which saw a 20% decline between 2007 and 2011.
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Congresswoman Edwards Stresses Development around Metro Stations Jul 10, 2013
At the July COG Board of Directors meeting, Donna Edwards (D-MD 4th District) stressed that “all Metro stops must be ready to embrace transit-oriented development so we all have a shared equity in where jobs are located.” Transit-oriented development is a centerpiece of the Council’s Region Forward initiative, which works with the area’s cities and counties to encourage concentrating transportation, retail outlets, housing and employment in Activity Centers, instead of encouraging sprawl across wide areas.
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Crime Rate Continues Downward Trend in Metropolitan Washington Jul 10, 2013
Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook, D.C. Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Patrick Burke, and Metro Transit Police Strategic Executive Officer Amy Philips presented the report to the COG Board and noted that the crime rate has dropped from 25.01 crimes per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 23.65 crimes per 1,000 persons in 2012.
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Fairfax County’s Penny Gross Elected President of National Association of Regional Councils Board Jun 26, 2013
In addition, Arlington County's Walter Tejada was re-elected NARC Board Region III Director, representing the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. NARC serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues.
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Commuter Connections Ceremony Honors Area Employers with Top Commuter Benefits Programs Jun 25, 2013
Local business leaders and elected officials attended the 16th Annual Employer Recognition Awards ceremony hosted by the Metropolitan Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections program to recognize employers whose commuter benefits programs were judged to be the best in the region. 
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New Transportation Planning Board Analysis Shows Less Driving Per Person in D.C. Region Jun 19, 2013
The analysis showed the trend of less driving per person occurred in all parts of the region. The biggest declines occurred in the region’s outer suburbs of Charles, Frederick, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.
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Congressman John Delaney Offers Local Leaders Details on New Proposal to Rebuild Infrastructure Jun 12, 2013
Citing the urgent need to rebuild the region and nation’s aging highways, water mains, and electric grids, U.S. Representative John Delaney (MD-06) discussed with area leaders at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments a proposal to create a national fund for large-scale infrastructure financing.  
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Area Officials Approve Plan to Further Reduce Fine Particle Pollution May 23, 2013
Action by Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee final step in getting recognition from EPA of the region’s progress in cleaning up the air.
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Bike to Work Day Breaks Regional Record: 14,500+ Cyclists Promote Cycling as a Clean Commute May 17, 2013

Over 14,500 commuters participated in Friday's Bike to Work Day, the largest number since the first regional Bike to Work Day was held in the Washington metropolitan region in 2000. Attendance at the free event, coordinated by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) grew by 15 percent this year and included cyclists from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia promoting bicycling as a green commute option.
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Significant Increase in Transit Commuting Over Last Decade May 15, 2013
Transportation Planning Board analysis also shows changes in driving, carpooling, biking, walking, and working from home in the metropolitan Washington region.
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Bike to Work Day 2013: More than 12,000 Cyclists Region-wide Will be Greeted by Dozens of Elected Officials and Dignitaries May 15, 2013
Registration for Bike to Work Day has set a new record with more than 12,000 commuters in metropolitan Washington registered for the regional event.
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More Than 70 Pit Stops Will Host Bike to Work Day Participants on Friday, May 17 May 9, 2013
This year, there will be over a dozen new pit stop locations across the region. There are also two afternoon pit stops in Columbia Heights Plaza in D.C. and East Falls Church in Arlington.
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The Council of Governments and Local Agencies Honor Metropolitan Washington's 2013 Foster Parents of the Year May 9, 2013
The 2013 Foster Parents of the Year for metropolitan Washington are honored this month for their commitment to their foster sons and daughters as well as to the children’s birth families.
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Actions by Area Governments, Service Providers Helping Reduce Homelessness in D.C. Region May 8, 2013
Council of Governments report shows homelessness decreases 2.4 percent, but lack of affordable housing, sequestration cuts threaten progress.
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Leaders Announce Landmark Regional Wastewater Agreement Which Serves Residents, Preserves Waterways, Supports Growth May 8, 2013
Area officials, including COG Board members Vincent Gray (District of Columbia Mayor), Sharon Bulova (Fairfax County Board Chairman), and Isiah Leggett (Montgomery County Executive), gathered together to discuss a new agreement to jointly support the world’s largest and most advanced wastewater treatment plant, Blue Plains in Washington, DC
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Council of Governments’ Officials Congratulate Maryland State Leaders on Transportation Funding Bill Apr 18, 2013
The region’s Transportation Planning Board sent a letter to Governor O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Brown, and Leaders of the Maryland General Assembly, thanking state leaders for their leadership and dedication in reaching a successful outcome.
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COG Board Adopts Resolution Ending Controversy on Gun Violence Issue Apr 10, 2013
The Board of Directors the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved by a wide margin a resolution that resolved a controversy over an earlier vote addressing the gun violence issue.
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New Campaign Warns Motorists, Pedestrians and Bicyclists to Exercise Caution Apr 9, 2013
The Spring 2013 Street Smart campaign features dramatic ads offering safety tips and promoting increased traffic safety vigilance. Officials launched the regional campaign at an event on April 9 in Northeast D.C.
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Officials Urge Quick Federal Action for Cleaner Gasoline, Higher Vehicle Emissions Standards Mar 28, 2013
New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule would help metropolitan Washington region further improve air quality.
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Data Shows Differing Transportation Patterns in Subareas Throughout Metropolitan Washington Mar 20, 2013
Survey is the second by the Transportation Planning Board to focus on transportation behavior in geographic subareas.
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Council of Governments’ Report Urges Actions to Ensure Reliable and Uninterrupted 9-1-1 Service Mar 13, 2013
Report by local 9-1-1 directors and government officials focuses on preventing outages to the vital service, such as the one that occurred during and after the June 29, 2012 Derecho storm. Report makes recommendations to Verizon and informs state and federal regulatory efforts.
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rollDC Earns New Funding from District of Columbia to Continue Service for People with Disabilities Mar 11, 2013
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember Mary Cheh announced today that D.C. has secured $375,000 in funding to match a federal grant and ensure that the rollDC pilot continues to provide wheelchair accessible taxi service to the public.
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Council of Governments Officials Call Virginia’s Transportation Bill a Welcome Compromise Feb 25, 2013
Leaders at the Council of Governments said the Virginia transportation funding bill is a much needed compromise that will give local jurisdictions the chance to allocate new local funds while increasing the state’s total support for roads and transit.
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TPB Approves Projects for Inclusion in Region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan Feb 20, 2013
The final vote on the 2013 update to the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) will take place in July.
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Region to Number Nearly Seven Million in 2040 Feb 13, 2013
Projected growth underscores the need for well coordinated land use and transportation decisions in metropolitan Washington.
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COG, WMATA Leaders Discuss Shared Priorities including System Maintenance, Core Capacity Improvements and Transit-Oriented Development Feb 12, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) CEO and General Manager Richard Sarles spoke before the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors today, addressing long term funding issues and plans that will relieve congestion on the bus, rail, and regional road networks.
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Region to Conduct Annual Count of Homeless Population Jan 30, 2013
Area governments and homeless service providers will begin conducting the annual enumeration or count of the metropolitan Washington region’s homeless population at area shelters. Some of the street and unsheltered count will take place on Thursday due to forecasted inclement weather. 
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Study Reveals Area Residents’ Opinions on Congestion Pricing, Transportation Funding Jan 23, 2013
A new TPB study, What do People Think About Congestion Pricing?, indicates that metropolitan Washington's residents are more open to better-known solutions for raising revenue and reducing congestion, such as adding toll lanes and increasing the gas tax.
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Public Comment Release: Draft 2013 CLRP and FY13-18 TIP Jan 17, 2013
Released for Public Comment: Draft 2013 Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) and FY13-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Project Inputs, and Draft Scope of Work for Air Quality Conformity Analysis.
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COG Strongly Supports FCC Move to Develop Mandatory Rules Governing Support for 9-1-1 Service Jan 10, 2013
The FCC concluded that the failure of Verizon and other telephone companies to provide sufficient, dependable back-up power and their failure to adequately monitor the transmission networks serving local 9-1-1 call centers was responsible for outages following the derecho storm in June.  The report also said the telecommunications carriers had failed to adopt the voluntary actions the agency has recommended for years. (Links to COG and FCC reports included)
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Karen Lewis Young Elected Chairwoman of Board of Directors of the Council of Governments Jan 9, 2013
At its January 2013 meeting, the COG Board elected City of Frederick Alderman Karen Lewis Young as its Chairwoman for 2013. Young is the first Frederick City or County official to lead the Council of Governments. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on both sides of the Potomac on crucial, regional issues that know no boundaries, like the economy, transportation, energy, and the environment,” she said. The COG Board also elected its 2013 Vice Chairmen—Phil Mendelson and Bill Euille. Mendelson is the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia. Euille is the Mayor of the City of Alexandria.
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COG Map Highlights Centers Essential to Region’s Growth and Future Success Jan 9, 2013
Many of the Activity Centers are expected to experience major growth in coming decades, including areas around the Silver Line in Virginia, Green Line in Maryland and NoMa in D.C.
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Fiscal Cliff Deal an Important Step, but More Work Needed to Stop Sequestration, Support Local Economies Jan 2, 2013
Leaders of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said Congressional action to prevent drastic tax increases on many Americans is an important step, even though it does not prevent the across-the-board federal budget cuts that are likely to hit this region especially hard. (Video clip included)
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Regional Leaders Call for Increased Transportation Funding (Video) Dec 19, 2012
Maintenance of existing system and increased capacity to support future growth cited by TPB as critical needs for increased funding. (Video clips included)
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New Web Site Shares Fiscal Cliff Information for Area Elected Officials, Stakeholders, and Residents Dec 18, 2012
Site will feature region-specific information, analysis by the Council of Governments and other experts, and news and videos, such as Alice Rivlin’s keynote address at COG’s annual meeting.
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COG Honors U.S. Office of Personnel Management with 2012 Regional Partnership Award Dec 12, 2012
OPM recognized for close coordination with area officials to improve incident management in the metropolitan Washington region.  
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Cathy Hudgins Wins COG's Scull Award for Regional Leadership Dec 12, 2012
Fairfax County Supervisor lauded for unprecedented two-year chairmanship of the WMATA Board of Directors during pivotal moment in transit system’s history.
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Alice Rivlin discusses the “Fiscal Cliff” and the long-term economic outlook for Metropolitan Washington Dec 12, 2012
Alice Rivlin, a senior economist at the Brookings Institution and an expert on the federal budget, said she believes the President and Congressional leaders will reach an agreement to avoid the mandatory tax and spending cuts known as the Fiscal Cliff. Speaking at COG’s Annual Meeting, Rivlin called the budgetary predicament they face an “artificial, elementary problem.” (Video clip included)
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COG Names New Corporate Officers Dec 12, 2012
Gaithersburg City Council Member Cathy Drzyzgula will serve as COG President in 2013. Loudoun County Supervisor Matthew Letourneau and District of Columbia City Administrator Allen Lew will serve as Vice Presidents, while Charles County Board President Candice Kelly will serve as Secretary-Treasurer.
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COG Board Names Chuck Bean Executive Director Nov 14, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments today named Chuck Bean, currently president of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, as its executive director. Board members praised Bean’s long record of building regional partnerships, his intense focus on preparedness, and his role as a successful problem-solver. He will succeed David J. Robertson, who is stepping down from the post after 10 years.

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Report Examines Verizon 9-1-1 Service Gaps, Proposes Recommendations Nov 14, 2012
The COG Board was briefed on findings and recommendations in a draft report on Verizon 9-1-1 service gaps during and following the June 29, 2012 Derecho storm. Click on this link to view the draft report.
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More Work Required to Make Metropolitan Washington Electric Vehicle Ready Oct 17, 2012
New COG report offers recommendations to address barriers to greater electric vehicle usage.
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National Drug Take Back Day Highlights Chance to Clean Up Region’s Water Sep 27, 2012
Several locations throughout metropolitan Washington are accepting drug "take backs" this Saturday, September 29, to encourage proper disposal of medications.
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DC, Maryland and Virginia Election Officials Launch Voter Registration Week Sep 25, 2012
Officials are encouraging voters to visit new regional site, MetroDCVote.org, for local voting information in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
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Crime Continues to Decline in Metropolitan Washington Sep 12, 2012
In 2011, violent crime dropped by 9.7 percent in 2011 while property crime declined by 5.8 percent.
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COG Identifies Five Key Actions to Strengthen the Region's Economy amid Major Changes in Federal Spending Sep 12, 2012
Economy Forward calls on area leaders to act or risk being outperformed by other regions in U.S., world. The report is the culmination of the COG Board's 2012 focus on economic growth and competitiveness.   
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Car Free Day 2012 Pledge Site Now Open! Aug 20, 2012
Drivers and residents who are already car free are invited to pledge to participate in Car Free Day 2012 on Saturday, September 22
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TPB Approves Funding to Better Coordinate Transportation and Land-use Planning in the Region Jul 18, 2012
Projects focus on improving transportation access and integration with the built environment in metropolitan Washington
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COG to Review 9-1-1 Outages and Other Failures Resulting from “Derecho” Jul 11, 2012
Regional leaders request comprehensive after-action review following major June 29 storm, and create a task force aimed at addressing failures of the 9-1-1 emergency system.
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Area Businesses Honored for Promoting Sustainable, Healthy, and Convenient Commute Options Jun 28, 2012
The three winning companies for 2012 are the CoStar Group, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Reduced traffic congestion, air pollution, and stress are benefits of alternatives to drive-alone commuting.
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Metropolitan Washington’s Foster Parents of the Year Honored at Regional Gala Jun 25, 2012
The June 9 event also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Wednesday’s Child foster care program.
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TPB Approves Funding for Grants Aimed at Improving Mobility of Low-Income Persons and Persons with Disabilities Jun 20, 2012
Approved projects include the continued funding of rollDC, which brought the first wheelchair-accessible taxicabs to Washington, DC, and the development of audio transit maps for customers with visual disabilities.
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Penny Gross is New President Elect of National Association of Regional Councils Board Jun 14, 2012
Gross says she plans to increase membership and diversity in NARC and regional bodies around the country and continue to focus on sound financial management for NARC. She will also work with White House Office of Governmental Affairs to facilitate meetings with regional councils and Senior Executive staff.
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D.C. Region Must Improve on Smart Growth, Transportation Infrastructure, Waterway Health, Affordable Housing to Meet Long-Range Goals, Ensure Competitiveness According to New Report Jun 13, 2012
The Region Forward Baseline Progress Report measured regional performance related to 28 targets found in Region Forward, a long-range vision plan adopted by COG and its member governments in 2010.
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Record Breaking 12,700 Area Commuters Bike to Work May 18, 2012
Commuters swapped gas pedals for bike pedals in the metropolitan Washington region today, as 12,700 cycled to work for the annual Bike to Work Day event. More people than ever before participated in this year’s event which promotes bicycling as a healthy, low cost commute alternative.
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Report Shows Progress Toward Climate and Energy Goals in DC Region May 16, 2012
More governments are advancing renewable energy projects and adopting green building and fleet policies according to the Climate and Energy Workplan: 2011 Progress Report.
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TPB Approves Regional Complete Streets Policy May 16, 2012
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approves a policy aimed at creating streets that accommodate auto, transit, walking, and biking users.
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Bike to Work Day Events Spread Throughout Metropolitan Washington Region May 14, 2012
From downtown Washington, D.C. to the region's outer suburbs, over ten thousand people will commute on two wheels instead of four on Friday, May 18, 2012. Nearly 60 "pit stops" across the region will welcome commuters with coffee, food, and prizes.
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Region’s Homeless Population Essentially Unchanged From 2011 May 9, 2012
As the number of homeless people in families in the region has risen, the number of homeless single adults and unaccompanied youths has declined. The report, Homeless in Metropolitan Washington, contains the results of the annual count of the region’s homeless population as wells as an analysis of each jurisdiction.
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COG, Clean Air Partners Sponsoring Weather Line for D.C. Area Residents Apr 18, 2012
Now at (202) 589-1212, the free service also prominently features air quality information, forecasts. The weather line features meteorologists from D.C. Weather Services, the same company that provided forecasts for the previous line. 
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Registration for Bike to Work Day 2012 Opens Mar 29, 2012
Last year's event saw a record-breaking 11,000 people across metropolitan Washington participate in Bike to Work Day. With nearly 60 "pit-stops" across the region this year, the goal for 2012 is to increase the number of participants yet again!
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Savvy Drivers, Walkers and Cyclists = Safer Streets Mar 28, 2012
The Street Smart Spring 2012 campaign launches with a focus on increasing enforcement and education efforts. Preliminary data shows that pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in the region decreased significantly in 2011.
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Customer Satisfaction, Demand for rollDC Continues to Grow Mar 23, 2012
As pilot period nears end, D.C. officials consider continuing or expanding the accessible taxi service. None of the taxis operating in District were equipped with ramps to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices before rollDC.   
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Regional TIGER Application Aimed at Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to Rail Transit Stations Mar 21, 2012
The $32 million TPB proposal would benefit rail transit users in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The proposal has received several high-profile endorsements, including Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and much of the region's Congressional delegation.
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COG Urges Congress to Maintain $150 Million Funding Commitment to Metro Mar 16, 2012
COG Board Chair Frank Principi said the proposed reduction in funding will “severely affect badly needed capital and safety improvements demanded by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Tri-State Oversight Committee, and WMATA itself.” He went on to warn it also “opens the door to additional federal or state funding cuts during the balance of the ten year authorization.” 
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Future of Metropolitan Washington Economy Uncertain Mar 14, 2012
Metropolitan Washington has been an economic outlier since the Great Recession hit the United States in 2008. While other regional economies across the country suffered greatly, the steady presence of the federal government shielded metropolitan Washington from the worst effects of the recession. According to Dr. Stephen Fuller, that trend is changing.
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On Anniversary of Winter Storm, COG Promotes New Public Information Site, Personal Preparedness Jan 26, 2012
Recently launched CapitalRegionUpdates.gov web site provides residents a “one-stop shop” with guidance and information during emergencies.
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Bowie Council Member Todd Turner to Lead Transportation Planning Board in 2012 Jan 18, 2012
Turner says he will work with his colleagues on TPB to draw increased attention to funding the region’s transportation needs.
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TPB Releases Update to Region's Long-Term Transportation Plan for Review Jan 18, 2012
Adding new Bus Rapid Transit in Northern Virginia and moving up the completion date for the I-495 HOT lanes are among the proposed additions.
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Frank Principi Elected Chairman of the COG Board of Directors Jan 11, 2012
The Prince William County Supervisor will focus on improving the region's economic competitiveness, transportation issues, and integration of Region Forward into every aspect of COG's work. Phil Mendelson and Karen Young will serve as Vice Chairs for 2012.
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National Capital Region Unveils New Web Portal and Winter Preparedness Campaign Dec 15, 2011
CapitalRegionUpdates.gov is a one stop shop for news from local governments, traffic information, and guidance during major emergencies. Residents that live or work in the region are encouraged to bookmark the page.  The region also launched a common message for this winter--"Get where you need to be before the weather gets bad."
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Charles County Joins the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Dec 14, 2011
County Board of Commissioners President Candice Quinn Kelly says: "This is an important day for our community. It's time to move into this new realm, and we are joining a strong, regional network that will help us to move our county forward."
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COG Honors Greenbelt Mayor for Regional Leadership Dec 14, 2011
Judith "J" Davis was presented with the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was elected as President of COG for 2012.
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TPB Launches Reach A Ride Dec 5, 2011
Website/hotline provides information about specialized transportation options for people with disabilities, older adults, those with limited English proficiency and low-income commuters, with information in English and Spanish, along with links to programs and services.  
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Results from Regional Traffic Congestion Analysis Released Dec 2, 2011
Traffic congestion has increased significantly since 2008 and I-395 remains the most congested corridor in the region.
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Region’s Residents Waiting Longer to Replace Vehicles Nov 16, 2011
Census of fleet also shows that trend towards SUVs has reversed dramatically. Key findings suggest that residents are responding to changing economic conditions, primarily the recession and rising gas prices.
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Officials Identify Actions to Improve Region’s Response to Emergencies Nov 9, 2011
Special COG Committee proposes new Regional Incident Coordination Program to ensure that area officials better coordinate decisions before and during major incidents.  It also made recommendations on key issues such as employee release decisions, communication with the public, and backup power for traffic signals and critical facilities.   
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TPB Approves Application Aimed at Making Rail Stations More Accessible for Pedestrians & Cyclists Oct 19, 2011
Proposed projects in $31 million package focus on areas around 16 Metrorail, commuter rail, and streetcar stations in the region. The application is being submitted under the third round of the federal TIGER program.
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Capital Area Foreclosure Network Launches Bilingual Mobile Text Messaging Campaign Oct 12, 2011
The service will provide those in or worried about foreclosure with access to advice, reminders, and alerts through their mobile phones in either Spanish or English. The goals of the campaign are to increase the number of homeowners and renters that get help from a nonprofit housing counselor, and decrease the number of people who drop out of counseling.
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Nearly 12,000 Go Car Free or Car-Lite Sep 27, 2011
This year's Car Free Day drew nearly 12,000 participants, breaking the event's previous record and surpassing last year's figures by 70 percent.  
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TPB Briefed on Housing and Transportation Costs in Region Sep 21, 2011
Two initiatives will provide policymakers and the public with better information about how the region’s five million-plus residents get around and how much it cost for them do so.
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Transportation Officials Seek Input from Washington Area Hispanic Residents Sep 15, 2011
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is encouraging Washington area Hispanic residents to participate in its 2011-2012 Household Travel Survey. Spanish-language speakers were underrepresented in the previous Regional Household Travel Survey taken in 2007-2008.
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Potomac River Algae Largely Dissipated Sep 15, 2011
Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene flushed out the remaining algae.  Earlier water contact advisories issued by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Stafford County, VA Department of Health are no longer in effect.
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COG to Co-Sponsor Metro Washington Financial Planning Day Sep 14, 2011
The October 15th event will provide free financial education and programming to residents of the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
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SNAP! Food Program Can Help Your Family and Your Community Aug 17, 2011
When people use the program, every $5.00 they spend generates $9.00 in total community spending, according to federal estimates.  Many cities and counties in metropolitan Washington are missing out on the economic boost SNAP can provide because most of their eligible participants don’t take advantage of the benefit.
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SchoolPool Makes Carpooling Kids to School Easier Aug 16, 2011
Several area schools participating in the new, free Commuter Connections service. Additional schools are encouraged to join.
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Potomac River Algae Blooms Beginning to Dissipate Aug 15, 2011
COG is working with state and local governments, universities, and scientists from around the region to monitor and provide up-to-date information on the algae blooms that have developed in the river near Mattawoman Creek in Maryland and Aquia Creek in Virginia.
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Commuter Connections Announces Car Free Registration Now Open Aug 10, 2011
The September 22, 2011 event is anticipated to be the largest Car Free Day yet.  Last year, about 7,000 people took the pledge to go Car Free or Car-Lite, and contributed to improving the region’s air quality and reducing their carbon footprint, and many won raffle prizes.
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TPB Will Submit Application to DOT to Improve Access to Rail Transit Stations Jul 20, 2011
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) members discussed and supported a plan to apply for funding under the third round of the federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program this October.
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TPB Approves Changes Requested by Virginia that Remove I-95/395 Project Inside the Beltway Jul 20, 2011
The updated long-range plan reflects changes requested by the Commonwealth of Virginia to remove the I-95/395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes project that had been proposed for inside the Capital Beltway and to add an I-66 project outside the Beltway.
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Number of Area Children in Foster Care Declining but Key Needs Persist Jul 14, 2011
The overall number of area children in foster care has declined according to the COG 2010 Foster Care Annual Report.  However, while the majority of foster children are either reunited with family or adopted, a growing number of children are aging out of the region’s foster care system without finding permanent homes.
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Eco-Driving Campaign Provides Fuel Efficiency Tips Jun 30, 2011
The Eco-Driving Campaign provides fuel- and cost-savings tips and also reminds motorists arriving in or near metropolitan areas for July 4th celebrations to take advantage of transit or other transportation alternatives in their holiday travel plans.
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Statement on GAO Metro Report Jun 30, 2011
The BOT-COG Joint WMATA Governance Review Task Force welcomes the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on WMATA’s governance as another important step toward improving accountability and ensuring that Metro is a safe and efficient transit system that meets the needs of the Greater Washington region.
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Commuter Connections Honors Three Area Businesses for Programs that Promote Sustainable Commuting Choices Jun 29, 2011
Three companies in metropolitan Washington – The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., B. F. Saul Company, and Clean Currents – were honored at the National Press Club by Commuter Connections for providing outstanding commuting options and alternatives for employees.
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COG Officials Elected to Leadership Posts on NARC Board Jun 21, 2011
Two COG members – Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross and Arlington County Board Member Walter Tejada – have been elected to leadership posts on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).
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TPB Approves $6.5 Million in Transportation Projects Jun 15, 2011
Fifteen projects, totaling $6.5 million, aimed at improving and increasing transportation options for low-income commuters and people with disabilities were approved by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at its June 2011 meeting.
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SNAP Funding Adds $490 Million Annually to Washington Region Economy Jun 8, 2011
A 15 percent increase in the participation rate for SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamps program) could generate approximately $70 million in additional economic activity in the metropolitan Washington region.
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Bike to Work Day Breaks New Record with 11,000 Registrants May 20, 2011
11,000 commuters took to the streets on two wheels today, celebrating Bike to Work Day 2011. The impressive turn-out was the largest in the regional event’s history and helped spread the message of finding alternatives to driving in single-occupancy vehicles. Coordinated by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), the event was attended by dozens of state, local, and federal dignitaries and elected officials who spoke to crowds of cyclists at pit stop celebrations across the region. 

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Nine Outstanding Foster Families Honored at Nationals Park May 17, 2011
To kick-off Foster Parent Appreciation Month, celebrated every May, nine outstanding foster families from around metropolitan Washington were honored at Nationals Park on April 30, 2011. For their exceptional job caring for abused and neglected children in our region at a moment’s notice, these nine families have been given the auspicious title of “Foster Family of the Year.”
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Launch of Capital's First Wheelchair Accessible Taxis May 12, 2011
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) today launched the full service of the District of Columbia’s first wheelchair accessible taxicab pilot project, rollDC. Today’s launch caps the successful testing phase of the program that saw a seven-fold increase in use by people using wheelchairs.  rollDC’s full service includes a fleet of 20 accessible taxicabs, provided by Royal Cab and the Yellow Cab Company of D.C., to serve people with disabilities using wheelchairs in the District of Columbia.
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Green Building Becoming More Prevalent in Metro Washington Apr 13, 2011

First-ever study on green building trends in the region shows growth in DC, MD, and VA

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Region’s Homeless Population Increased by 2 percent in 2011 Apr 13, 2011
This year’s enumeration of the metropolitan Washington region’s homeless population counted 11,988 people, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.  The count, which was conducted in the last week of January 2011 by area governments and homeless service providers, found that the number of homeless people in families increased by 6 percent, while homeless single adults decreased by less than 2 percent. 
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Regional Partnerships Launch New Spanish/English Foreclosure Prevention Hotline Mar 16, 2011
Free service will connect D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents with housing counselors.
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TPB Votes to Include I-395/I-95 HOV and HOT Lanes and Other Major Projects in Air Quality Analysis Mar 16, 2011

Analysis required for items to be added to region’s long range transportation plan

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Regional Leaders Ask Congress to Honor Metro Funding Agreement Mar 9, 2011

Federal-regional funding agreement part of COG’s 2011 Federal Legislative Priorities

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Funding to Help Reduce Foreclosures in Metropolitan Washington Jan 27, 2011
Local organizations receive grants for foreclosure prevention in underserved, hard-hit areas
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D.C. Region to Count Homeless Population Jan 26, 2011

COG staff to give first-hand accounts and reactions through social media in days following count.

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Prince George’s County’s Andrea Harrison Elected Chairman of COG Board of Directors Jan 12, 2011

Frank Principi of Prince William County and Phil Mendelson of the District will serve as Vice Chairs

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Area Fire Chiefs Warn of Fire Danger with Impending Colder Weather Jan 10, 2011
Chiefs offer fire safety tips and information for area residents. 
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U.S. Transportation Secretary, Area Leaders Sign TIGER Grants for National Capital Region Dec 14, 2010
$58.8 million in grants will create jobs while easing congestion in the region
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COG Names David Snyder 'Regional Leader of the Year' Dec 8, 2010
Falls Church Vice Mayor Snyder, who served as TPB Chairman in 2010, wins Scull Award.  Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers wins COG's Partnership Award.
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Regional Task Force Recommends Sweeping Changes to Improve Metro Nov 17, 2010

Urges stronger role for MD and VA Governors, DC Mayor to ensure accountability, restore confidence 

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Adoption Expo in Washington, D.C. to Kick-Off National Adoption Month Nov 1, 2010

Area leaders interviewed on adoption and foster care

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COG Receives EPA Assistance to Make Region More Sustainable Oct 21, 2010

Projected population increase will require smart growth, adaptation to climate change

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Foreclosure Network to Provide Funding to Housing Counseling Agencies Overwhelmed by Demand for Services Oct 13, 2010
A regional foreclosure prevention group will establish a fund to provide support to housing counseling agencies in metropolitan Washington.
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COG Lifts Regional Drought "WATCH" Oct 7, 2010
Citizens, Businesses Encouraged to Continue Using Water Wisely
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NCR’s Emergency Preparedness Council Releases Regional Homeland Security Strategic Plan Oct 1, 2010
The plan will guide regional disaster preparations for the next five years, including how the NCR will spend millions in federal grant funds.
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Nearly 7,000 Go Car Free in the Metropolitan Washington Region Sep 27, 2010
Area businesses helped promote the annual event
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MWAQC Credits Clean Air Act, Regional Cooperation for Healthier Air Sep 22, 2010

Regional board acknowledges legislation’s 40th anniversary

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TPB Scenarios Examine How Expanded Use of Tolls, Bus Rapid Transit, and Land Use Changes Impact Transportation Patterns Sep 16, 2010
The TPB examined two scenarios and measured their impact on driving, congestion, transportation mode share, and air pollution.
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Upstream Reservoir Release Bolsters Potomac Flow Sep 14, 2010
Action is standard during low river flow conditions.  Region still has adequate supply of drinking water. 
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Area Leaders Pledge to Go Car Free September 22 Sep 10, 2010

Those who pledge to join them are entered to win an Apple iPad

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COG Declares Regional Drought "Watch" Sep 9, 2010

Residents and businesses in the metropolitan Washington region are being asked to conserve water.

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Percentage of Region’s Commuters Driving Alone Declines, While Share for Telework, Transit Grows Jul 21, 2010
Ten-year trends continue in latest “State of the Commute” survey.
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Regional Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign Supported By Truck, Bus Sectors Is Launched Jul 14, 2010

“Avoid the Fine, Don’t Idle” campaign to highlight the legal, environmental, and economic consequences of idling.

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All 21 Local Governments in the COG Region Have Endorsed Region Forward; COG Submits HUD Grant Proposal to Develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development Jul 14, 2010
Building on support for Region Forward, Board of Directors authorizes COG to pursue $5 million federal HUD grant to plan more sustainable communities.
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Crime Is Down In The Metropolitan Washington Region, As Is The Number Of Children Entering Foster Care Jul 14, 2010
Two reports released today indicate positive trends in region: crime is down and fewer children are entering foster care.
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Booz Allen Hamilton Gains Appetite for Commuting by Bicycle Jun 29, 2010

Bike to Work Day participants keep on winning.  

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Task Force Seeks Public Input as It Begins Review of How Metro is Governed Jun 24, 2010

Elected officials, stakeholders, members of the public invited to open meeting, forum at COG on July 1.

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Commuter Connections Honors Three Area Businesses for Programs that Promote Commuting Choices Jun 23, 2010

Companies range in size, but goals of programs – reducing emissions, congestion, and stress – are the same.

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Transportation for People with Disabilities and Low-Income Residents of the National Capital Region Set to Improve Jun 17, 2010

TPB approves projects to improve mobility, such as making taxis and buses more convenient and affordable for area residents.

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Guaranteed Ride Home Program will Expand to Baltimore Region, St. Mary's County Jun 16, 2010
Additional funding from Maryland drives expansion of the Commuter Connections service.
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Metropolitan Washington Trails National Average In Health Sector Jobs Growth, COG Panel Says Jun 3, 2010

Support for community colleges and a regional marketing strategy are key to future growth. 

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Thousands of Commuters Ready for Bike to Work Day on May 21, 2010 May 19, 2010

'Pit stops' throughout the region will host federal and local officials. 

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Inadequate Funding Impacts Future Highway Projects and Metro May 19, 2010
TPB advances 2010 plan update, calls for significant increase in transportation dollars.
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Rapid Re-housing Programs Credited for Reducing Homeless Population May 17, 2010

From 2006 to 2010, the percentage of homeless dropped by 3 percent for region as a whole.

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COG, Board of Trade to Lead Independent Review of WMATA Governance May 12, 2010
Longtime regional advocates for WMATA will offer recommendations to support transit system’s long-term sustainability, success.
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Region’s Outstanding Foster Parents Begin Campaign to Attract New Foster Families Apr 29, 2010
Freddie Mac Foundation, COG partner to sponsor ad outreach.
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2010 Plan Update, Financial Analysis Highlight Region’s Transportation Funding Issues Apr 21, 2010
Transportation Planning Board seeking public comment by May 15 on proposals before taking action next month.
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Officials Release Landmark Anacostia Watershed Plan Apr 19, 2010

Thousands of projects identified to restore river’s economic, recreational potential.

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COG Board Endorses National Capital Region Land Conservation Act Apr 16, 2010
Bill would appropriate $50 million in federal funds for 5 years to preserve and expand green space.
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Survey Counts Slightly Fewer Homeless People in Region in 2010 Apr 14, 2010

Preliminary results indicate a 1.7 percent decrease between 2009 and 2010. 

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Regional Partnership Formed to Help Housing Counseling Agencies Address Foreclosure Crisis Apr 14, 2010
Capital Area Foreclosure Network announced at April meeting of the COG Board of Directors.
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COG Forum Identifies Areas in Need of Improvement for Future Snowstorms Apr 5, 2010
Event brings together leaders from federal government, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and regional organizations.
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Street Smart Launches Spring '10 Campaign Mar 23, 2010
Pedestrian safety demonstration shows life-and-death differences in braking distance.
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Survey Shows Significant Shift in Daily Travel Patterns Mar 17, 2010

TPB data finds younger residents in the region taking fewer trips, older individuals more.

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Regional Leaders Discuss Challenges in Getting a Complete Count in Census 2010 Mar 16, 2010
COG Board Member Walter Tejada stresses the economic consequences of an undercount during a roundtable discussion on reaching out to the hard- to-count Latino population.
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Commuter Connections Expands 'Pool Rewards Mar 11, 2010
Originally limited to three major highway bottlenecks, cash rewards program is now open to all newly formed, registered carpools traveling anywhere in the region.
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COG Board Votes to Make Economic, Job Recovery Top Priorities for 2010 Mar 10, 2010

Additional priorities include foreclosure mitigation, Chesapeake Bay restoration, and endorsement of COG’s “Region Forward” plan by member jurisdictions.

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COG Consulting with Regional Emergency Personnel, Elected Officials During Blizzard Feb 20, 2010
Residents urged to stay off roads, assist neighbors in need.
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Region Wins Major Grant to Improve Transit Feb 17, 2010

Nearly $60 million in funding will improve bus performance throughout region.

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COG to Host After-Action Conference on Snowstorm Response Feb 13, 2010
Area leaders will assess the storm’s costs and early lessons learned.
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Transportation Board Endorses Regional Bus Stop Improvement Program Jan 20, 2010

NextBus displays, shelters, and sidewalk connections are included in the proposal.

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Local and Federal Leaders Discuss Impact of Airports on Region’s Economy Jan 19, 2010
Dr. Stephen Fuller calls on regional leaders to maximize economic development around airports.
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Region Forward approved by COG Board of Directors Jan 13, 2010
COG will now ask 21 area governments to officially endorse the regional planning effort.
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COG Board Votes Unanimously to Adopt Regional Workforce Development Report Jan 13, 2010
Forum to be held in the spring bringing together leaders in the political, educational, business, and civic communities to build upon strategies for workforce development.
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District Councilmember Kwame Brown Elected Chairman of COG Board of Directors Jan 13, 2010
Brown will focus on regional priorities including economic prosperity, unemployment and comprehensive vocational education. 
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COG Names Sharon Bulova Regional Leader of the Year Dec 9, 2009
National Capital Planning Commission wins Regional Partnership Award at COG Annual Luncheon. 
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Ron Sims Delivers Keynote Address at COG Annual Luncheon Dec 9, 2009
HUD Deputy Secretary Charges COG Members, Officials to be Show-Place for the American Experience.
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TPB Wins Diversity Leadership Award Nov 18, 2009
WTS DC Chapter recognizes TPB for initiatives that serve the transportation needs of region’s diverse populations.
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COG Launches NationalCapitalFarms.org Nov 10, 2009
New site aims to promote and protect agriculture in the Metropolitan Washington Region.
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Why Plan for 2050? Nov 3, 2009
COG podcast series discusses issues the region will confront in the next forty years.
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Commuter Connections Tests ‘Pool Rewards to Move Commuters into Carpools Oct 27, 2009
Program offers cash incentive for new carpoolers traveling in three of the region's most congested corridors.   
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TPB Votes to Study Attitudes Toward Road Pricing Oct 21, 2009

Proposal would gauge public support for new ways to fund transportation.

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Senator Ben Cardin Details Chesapeake Bay Legislation in Address to COG Board Oct 15, 2009

Local Leaders praised Cardin for his leadership and stressed the need for achievable deadlines and increased federal funding.

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National Capital Region Shows Most Improved Air Quality in Over a Decade Sep 24, 2009
This year, there were only four days when ozone pollution reached unhealthy levels for people with lung ailments, children and senior citizens. In 2008, there were 17 such days.
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Alexandria City Manager Jim Hartmann Receives Leadership Award Sep 11, 2009

Hartmann was honored for helping foster collaboration among the region's leaders.

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Pledge to go Car Free on September 22 Sep 11, 2009
Commuter Connections invites area residents to join millions of other participants around the world and try taking transit, bicycling, walking, ridesharing and teleworking.
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TPB Votes to Submit Application for Stimulus-Funded Regional Priority Bus Network Jul 15, 2009

K Street Busway, priority bus corridors, and an expanded bike-sharing program are likely components of the proposal.

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Local Leaders Urge Federal Partners to Meet Their Metro Funding Commitment Jul 8, 2009
COG Board Members said the recent accident on the Red Line has underscored the urgency of securing sustained, dedicated funding for Metro.
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Despite Onset of Recession, Level of Commercial Construction Increased in Region in 2008 Jul 8, 2009
Overall, there were a lower number of projects, but they had a higher value, square footage than in 2007.
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Health of the Region’s Population and Health of Chesapeake Bay Discussed in Latest Episodes of ‘The COG Podcast’ Jul 7, 2009

Alexandria Health Director Dr. Kelly Woodward and COG Board Chairman Penny Gross featured in recent episodes.

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Report Highlights Health Disparities Throughout Region Jun 29, 2009

Life expectancy, infant mortality, and lack of insurance are among the notable variations.

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Commuter Connections Honors Area Businesses Jun 23, 2009
Employers win awards for programs that reduce gasoline use, air pollution and traffic congestion.
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TPB Votes Unanimously To Advance Purple Line Project Jun 17, 2009

Regional planning board reviews substantial public comment prior to voting.

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TPB Approves Ten Projects to Improve Transportation for People with Disabilities and Low-Income Commuters Jun 17, 2009
Board Members honor Alexandria Councilmember Tim Lovain for his leadership on transporation access and mobility programs.
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Aerial Survey Indicates Worsening Traffic Conditions in Some Areas May 19, 2009
Despite areas of increase, overall congestion declines in region according to TPB survey.
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Bike to Work Day Draws Thousands May 15, 2009
Record number of area residents register for event.
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Bike to Work Day 2009 Featured on Latest Episode of 'The COG Podcast' May 8, 2009
Representatives from WABA discuss the annual event.
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Quality Schools, Safe Streets, Good Jobs, Health Care Are Top Priorities For Region’s Residents May 1, 2009
Greater Washington 2050 survey, Priorities for a Growing Region, also finds that views on traffic vary widely throughout the region.
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Metropolitan Washington Strives for ‘Complete Count’ in 2010 United States Census Apr 30, 2009
Regional event highlights importance of accurate Census data for growing, diverse region.
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Commuter Connections Adds Events Ride-Matching to Online System Apr 22, 2009
The goals of the program include improving access to area entertainment and sports venues and reducing congestion.
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Metro Area Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposures Across Region Apr 20, 2009
Area health officials are mounting a coordinated campaign to identify people who may have been exposed to new measles activity in the region.
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Regional Vehicle Inventory Indicates Fleet Getting Older Apr 15, 2009

Since 2005, vehicle registrations are down in the District, up in Maryland and Virginia.

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COG Childhood Obesity Survey Encourages Greater Regional Action to Improve the Health of Area Children Apr 8, 2009

Survey examines four areas related to childhood obesity: nutrition, physical activity, land use, and obesity trend data.

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Homelessness Up Slightly in Region Apr 8, 2009
Greater number of homeless families drives the overall increase.
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Street Smart Launches 2009 Campaign Mar 25, 2009

Campaign continues to show evidence of boosting pedestrian and cyclist safety.

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TPB Votes to Amend I-66 Decision Mar 18, 2009

The funding for two of three spot improvements is still contingent on completion of multi-modal studies.

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Latest Episodes of “The COG Podcast” Feature Discussions on Housing, Stimulus Mar 12, 2009
COG Board Chairman Penny Gross speaks about the recent Green Affordable Housing Forum. Researchers from Brookings, Urban Institute discuss ways in which the region can maximize the value of federal stimulus funds.
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Area Suburbs United with District in Support of Voting Rights Mar 11, 2009
COG leaders unanimously support resolution urging Congress to pass D.C. voting rights legislation without firearms amendment.
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Regional Leaders Examine Options for Maximizing Value of Stimulus Funds Mar 11, 2009
Board Members Direct COG to take a greater role in regional stimulus coordination.
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D.C., Maryland, Virginia, WMATA Estimate Anticipated Stimulus Funding at TPB Meeting Jan 28, 2009
Regional Transportation Board Briefed on Stimulus Package-Related Transportation Projects
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Area Leaders Strongly Oppose EPA Proposal to Change Regional Air Quality Planning Jan 28, 2009
Letter urges EPA to keep Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties grouped with Washington region.
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COG to Conduct Region’s Annual Count of Homeless Population Jan 27, 2009
On January 28, COG is conducting its ninth annual enumeration of the region’s homeless population.
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Fairfax County Supervisor Penelope Gross Elected Chairman of COG Board of Directors Jan 14, 2009

District of Columbia Councilmember At-Large Kwame Brown, Prince George's County District 5 Council Member Andrea Harrison elected as COG Vice Chairs.   

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New Episodes of The COG Podcast Available Dec 22, 2008
Alexandria City Council Member Tim Lovain discusses accessible transportation in Metropolitan Washington. Post Columnist Steven Pearlstein and COG Board Chair Michael Knapp speak at the COG Annual Luncheon.
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Frederick County Commissioner Charles Jenkins Elected Chairman of Transportation Planning Dec 17, 2008
Falls Church Council Member David Snyder and District of Columbia Councilmember Muriel Bowser elected as Vice Chairs
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COG Honors Northern Virginia Regional Commission with Regional Partnership Award Dec 11, 2008
NVRC Recognized for Leadership on International Climate Change Effort.
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COG Chair Mike Knapp: ‘Top Challenges in 2009 Will Provide Opportunities to Stimulate Region’s Economy’ Dec 10, 2008
Region’s Priorities Correspond Closely with President-Elect Obama’s Economic Plans.
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Tom Davis and Ben Cardin Honored as Regional Leaders of the Year at COG Annual Luncheon Dec 10, 2008

Area delegation members recognized for securing a dedicated funding source for Metro. 

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Independent Review of MetroAccess Indicates Progress, Challenges Remain in Serving Persons with Disabilities Nov 19, 2008
TPB Votes to Send Recommendations to WMATA.
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COG Board Adopts Significant Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Nov 12, 2008
The National Capital Region Climate Change Report is one of the nation's first multi-state initiatives.
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EPA Action Highlights Region's Progress on Air Quality Oct 22, 2008
Metropolitan Washington meets federal standards for fine particles. 
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COG Applauds Passage of Metro Dedicated Funding Measure by the U.S. Senate Oct 1, 2008
Vote authorizes $1.5 billion over 10 years for improvements to regional transit system in conjunction with matching funds from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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TPB Votes to Adopt Policy Principles for the 2009 Authorization of Federal Surface Transportation Sep 17, 2008
Following recent Highway Trust Fund relief legislation, 2009 set to be watershed year for securing future federal transportation funding
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Voter Registration Deadlines Approaching Sep 15, 2008
October 6 for DC and Virginia; October 14 for Maryland
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New Online Ride-matching System Will Meet Record Demand for Carpooling, Commute Options Sep 2, 2008
Officials Announce D.C.’s First-time Participation in Worldwide Car Free Day–– Event Encourages Commuters to “Uncar” or Go “Car-Lite.
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Regional Transportation Program Moves Forward without Several Northern Virginia Projects due to Funding Stalemate in Richmond Jul 16, 2008

TPB members also briefed on federal transportation funding shortfall. 

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Metropolitan Washington Economy Continues Steady Growth Jul 9, 2008
Despite the positive growth trends, COG Board Members voiced concern that development around Metrorail stations and in regional activity centers decreased by 10 percent.
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COG Board Releases Climate Change Report for Comment Jul 9, 2008
The report includes significant greenhouse gas reduction goals for the region as well as 78 recommendations to help area leaders and citizens meet the targets.  COG members, stakeholders and the public are invited to review the draft plan and comment on it by September 30, 2008 at 5 p.m.   
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Commuter Connections Honors Three Area Businesses Jun 25, 2008
The National Geographic Society, Orange Business Services, and XM Satellite Radio win awards for commuter programs that reduce gasoline use, air pollution and traffic congestion.
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Region's Foreclosure Rate One of the Fastest Growing Jun 19, 2008
Metropolitan Washington now has one of the fastest growing foreclosure rates in the country, with families losing homes six times more frequently during the first quarter of 2008 than in 2007, according to a study done by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. Click "more" to read the report and see the new COG Grant Program.
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D.C. to Get Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs for First Time Jun 18, 2008
TPB approves 12 projects to improve transportation access and mobility for people with disabilities and low-income commuters. 
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Driving Alone to Work is Expensive; Carpooling Saves Commuters Money Jun 17, 2008
The Commuter Connections Cost Calculator shows area residents how much money they can save on their commutes. 
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2008 Bike To Work Day Attracts 7,000 Cyclists From Around Region May 16, 2008
Despite the rain, scores of bicyclists pedaled their way into 26 “pit stops” across the D.C. region, Friday, May 16, 2008, to support Bike to Work Day (BTWD) 2008.
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COG’s Report on Homelessness Reveals Number of Homeless Individuals Relatively Unchanged; Emphasizes Need for “Housing First” Approach May 14, 2008
COG's Homeless Services Planning and Coordination Committee released its 8th Homeless Enumeration Report.
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Commuter Connections Free Services Provide Relief from High Gas Prices May 1, 2008
There’s a quick and practical remedy for high gas prices: visit CommuterConnections.org to find ways to save money and time getting to work each day. It’s free and easy to register and there are no commitments.
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Leaders Gather for Pedestrian Safety Workshop Apr 29, 2008
Educating motorists and pedestrians, enforcing traffic laws and better engineering of vehicles and roadways are just some of the solutions regional leaders are proposing to help improve pedestrian safety.
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TPB Approves Backup Plan in Case NVTA Funds Aren’t Restored Apr 16, 2008

The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approves backup plan in case NVTA funds aren't restored.

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Officials to Public: Region’s Drinking Water is Safe Apr 9, 2008
Experts Discuss Effects of Pharmaceuticals, Other Chemicals on Water Supply at COG Meeting.
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COG helps launch first Litter Enforcement Week Apr 2, 2008
MWCOG Public Safety Policy Committee Chair Terry Seamens of Takoma Park speaks at Litter Enforcement Week kick-off event.
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Regional Drought "Watch" Lifted Apr 2, 2008
Citizens, businesses encouraged to continue using water wisely.
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TPB Reacts to Regional Toll Study Mar 19, 2008

Regional Value Pricing Study evaluates alternative scenarios for a network of variably-priced lanes combined with extensive express bus services.

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COG Questions Construction of Virginia Power Plant Mar 12, 2008
It also released a report cataloging successful programs by area governments to limit greenhouse gases.
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MWAQC Releases New Air Quality Plan Mar 10, 2008

New plan targets fine particle pollution in the region. 

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Rising Pedestrian Fatalities Targeted by Street Smart Campaign Mar 7, 2008
With pedestrian fatalities on the rise in recent years, leaders from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia launched the Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign.
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TPB’s Transportation Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program to Provide Technical Assistance to MD, VA, and DC Projects Feb 20, 2008
The TPB approved eleven projects as a part of its Transportation Land-Use Connection (TLC) program.
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COG Board Endorses “Cool Capital Challenge” Feb 13, 2008
The COG Board endorsed the Cool Capital Challenge effort to reduce greenhouse gases in the National Capital Region.  
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COG Counts Region's Homeless Population Jan 24, 2008

Survey to be first look at homelessness since region’s housing downturn began.

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TPB Approves I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes & I-66 Spot Improvements Jan 16, 2008

The TPB approved its 2007 long-range plan, and turned attention to a new list of projects to be considered for 2008.

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Montgomery County Council President Michael Knapp to Lead COG Board of Directors Jan 9, 2008
Chair Michael Knapp announced the COG Board policy focus and priorities for 2008 will include growth, housing, and climate change. 
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COG Board Recommends Licensing Standards for Area Teen Drivers Jan 9, 2008

New measures aimed at promoting driver education and strengthening enforcement.

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MWAQC Releases New Air Quality Plan for Comment Dec 14, 2007
MWAQC has approved for comment an air quality plan to reduce fine particle pollution in the region.
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COG Moves Greater Washington 2050 Plan Forward Dec 12, 2007
The COG Board approved a work plan for a major new initiative, “Greater Washington 2050,” that will guide regional and Mid-Atlantic development for decades.
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Regional Green Building Standards Approved Dec 12, 2007
The COG Board approved regional “green building” standards for the construction of new government and commercial structures that they hope will be adopted by all local jurisdictions.
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Area Leaders Celebrate COG's 50th Anniversary Nov 16, 2007
Local, state and federal elected officials, along with the area's top business and civic leaders, marked COG's 50th anniversary last night with a special tribute to the organization's many programs and policies that have helped shape the National Capital Region.
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Law Enforcement To Highlight Dangers in Stopping-Distance Demonstration Nov 6, 2007
Regional officials held a demonstration to highlight the need for drivers and pedestrians to pay close attention to one another.
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Board Of Directors Endorses Federal Energy Bill Provisions Oct 10, 2007
COG's Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution today to endorse provisions contained in federal energy bills that would help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the region.
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Regional Drought Watch Declared Oct 3, 2007
As unusually dry conditions persist throughout the region, a drought "WATCH" has been put into effect asking residents and businesses to conserve water and help reduce demand on the region's water supply systems.
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COG Encourages Wise Water Use and Promotes Drought Awareness Aug 8, 2007
As temperatures soar and dry conditions are forecasted to persist through August, area residents and businesses are being advised of the importance of water conservation efforts to help alleviate unnecessary demands on the region’s water systems.
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National Capital Region Picks Projects to Fund With Federal Homeland Security Dollars Aug 2, 2007
Local, state and federal leaders announced how they plan to use almost $62 million in anti-terrorism money.
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COG Crime Report Reveals Significant Decrease in Homicides and Motor Vehicle Theft Jul 11, 2007

The incidence of violent and property crimes in the region decreased by four percent between 2005 and 2006, according to a report released today by the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

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Commuter Connections Tips Its Hat To Local Employers Who Raise The Bar In Commuter Benefit Programs Jun 26, 2007

 

The Washington metropolitan region is notorious for its traffic congestion and some local employers are stepping up to do something about it. At today’s 10th annual Employer Recognition Awards ceremony, held at the National Press Club, three regional companies were hailed for raising the standard of offering commuter benefits to its employees.

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Gerald E. Connolly Receives 2007 Tom Bradley Leadership Award Jun 25, 2007

Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, was presented with the 2007 Tom Bradley Leadership Award at NARC's annual meeting in Orlando. For COG's July NARC newsletter, click here.

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COG Survey Shows Slight Decrease in Homelessness Jun 13, 2007
The COG Board approved the seventh annual “Homeless Enumeration for the Washington Metropolitan Region” report, which measures regional homelessness in 2007. 
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The Arts in Greater Washington Generate $2.15 Billion In Local Economic Activity and Support 45,000 jobs Jun 11, 2007

Patrons of the arts in metropolitan Washington and nonprofit arts organizations spent $2.15 billion in 2005, according to a report released at a press conference today by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington (CAGW) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

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Cost of Housing, Mega-Regions, Energy Use To Define the Next Half-Century May 30, 2007
COG brought together top elected officials and business leaders to discuss growth and development during a special forum on the future of the National Capital Region.
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MWAQC Approves New Air Quality Plan May 23, 2007
The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) approved its air quality plan for the region, paving the way for state air agencies to submit the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
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COG Re-Affirms Support for Metro Dedicated Funding; Thanks Senators for Introducing Legislation May 22, 2007
COG re-affirmed its support for a dedicated funding source for the region’s Metro transit system and thanked the U.S. Senators from the region for introducing legislation that will allow this issue to move forward.
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Thousands of Area Cyclists Band Together to Promote Bike to Work Day May 21, 2007
Commuters throughout the metropolitan Washington region traded in their cars for bicycles to participate in the annual Bike to Work Day event.
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TPB Advances I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes and I-66 Improvements For Region's Long-Range Plan May 16, 2007
The TPB voted at its monthly meeting in May to move forward with incorporating new projects into the region's transportation plan, including HOT lanes on I-95/I-395 and spot improvements to I-66.
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Metropolitan Washington's COG Turns 50 Apr 11, 2007
COG marked its 50th Anniversary today during its monthly Board meeting. 
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Board of Directors Adopts Major Climate Change Initiative Apr 11, 2007
Montgomery County Council Member Nancy Floreen will chair a new steering committee to guide one of the nation's first regional climate change initiatives to focus on controlling greenhouse gas emissions locally.
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Board of Directors Approves Report on Region-Wide Broadband Access Apr 11, 2007
The COG Board of Directors approved unanimously the COG Broadband Access Task Force report which promotes the development of faster and readily available internet access to strengthen the region’s economy.
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TPB Awards Planning Assistance to Local Jurisdictions under the Transportation/Land Use Connections Pilot Program Mar 21, 2007
The TPB awarded six short-term planning assistance projects to help coordinate transportation and land-use planning in the region.
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COG Board Votes to Support D.C. House Voting Rights Bill Mar 14, 2007
The COG Board of Directors voted to support H.R. 1433, the D.C. House Voting Rights Act. The resolution would grant a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to the delegate representing the District.
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COG Honors Local Citizens For Service To Animals Mar 2, 2007
The Washington region’s outstanding animal services professionals were honored at the third annual Animal Services Awards program.
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TPB Begins Travel Survey Of 10,000 Area Households Jan 17, 2007
The region's first large-scale household travel survey in more than a decade will help guide future transportation planning as the area continues to grow, the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) announced at its monthly meeting in January.
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Workshops to Explore Housing Incentives for Shorter Commutes Jan 10, 2007
Commuter Connections today launched an initiative to educate businesses on incentives and programs available to help make living near work more practical and affordable for employees.
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Gray, Knapp and Gross to Lead COG Board of Directors in 2007 Jan 10, 2007
The COG Board elected District of Columbia Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Montgomery County Council Member Michael Knapp and Fairfax County and Supervisor Penelope A. Gross to head its Board of Directors in 2007.
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D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams Honored as Regional Leader of the Year Dec 13, 2006
At this year’s Annual Meeting, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) honored D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams for his leadership and dedication to regionalism.
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New Agreement on Anacostia Watershed and Chesapeake Bay Restoration Signed at COG Dec 4, 2006
COG and the USDA, Agricultural Research Service’s Beltsville Area have signed an agreement to improve cooperation between the agencies on issues related to the restoration of the Anacostia Watershed and the Chesapeake Bay.
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Connolly Addresses Emergency Plans at Red Cross Annual Meeting Oct 5, 2006
Emergency Preparedness Council Chair Gerald E. Connolly served as the meeting's keynote speaker... 
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Air Pollution Has Declined Significantly Since 2003 Sep 27, 2006
The metropolitan Washington area experienced about 44 percent fewer days of air pollution from ground level ozone since 2003 than it did in several preceding years, according to a recent estimate by the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC).
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Report Calls for Measures to Reduce Wildlife Collisions Sep 18, 2006
Local governments should take measures to help drivers avoid tragic collisions with deer and other wildlife, according to a report approved today by the Public Safety Policy Committee (PSPC) at COG.
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NCR’s Emergency Preparedness Council Sep 13, 2006
Today, public, private sector and nonprofit officials from across the National Capital Region adopted a strategic plan for regional homeland security. Click here for more information and download the report.
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Soaring Construction Costs, Limited Tax Revenue for Transportation a Growing Regional Problem Jul 19, 2006
New TPB report finds D.C., Maryland and Virginia gasoline tax revenues are all below the national average...
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Overall Crime Down in Region but Homicides, Robberies Increase Jul 12, 2006
COG Report on Crime and Crime Control details area statistics for 2005...
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Reports Show Population Growing At Slower Pace Jul 12, 2006
New reports show the region’s population and job growth is continuing to climb, although at a somewhat slower pace than in previous years.
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Commuter Connections Employer Awards Announced Jun 28, 2006
George Mason University, Discovery Communications, and the USPS OIG honored for improving their employees commutes. 
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Penelope Gross Re-Elected to National Association Jun 22, 2006
COG Board Member Penelope Gross was re-elected unanimously for a second two-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) during its Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX this weekend.
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Plan for a More Bicycle and Pedestrian-Friendly Region Jun 21, 2006
A new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the National Capital Region will be unveiled during today’s TPB meeting.
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Report Gives Snapshot of Homeless Population Jun 14, 2006
COG's sixth annual Homeless Enumeration Report provides an updated “snapshot” of the region’s homeless population.
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Board Members Lead Homebuilding Team in Biloxi May 30, 2006
COG Board Chair and his fellow Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola recently joined a team of volunteers to help rebuild hurricane-damaged homes in Biloxi, Miss.
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Washington's Biggest Bike to Work Day Ever May 19, 2006
Over 6,000 cyclists join in area celebrations...
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Hybrid Vehicles Per Household in Washington Region Double National Average May 16, 2006
Region's First 'Vehicle Census'...
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Local Leaders Show Unity on Day Labor Issue Mar 30, 2006

Area officials expressed unity on the benefits of day labor centers and immigration reform during the Regional Day Labor Summit Part II...

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D.C. Submits Anacostia Area Plans to TPB Mar 15, 2006
The District of Columbia has submitted one billion dollars worth of new transportation projects to the Transportation Planning Board (TPB)... 
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COG Honors Local Citizens for Service to Animals Mar 3, 2006
COG’s Animal Services Committee honored animal control officers, rescuers, volunteers, and others for their outstanding service to animals, animal owners, and their local communities.
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Report Provides Recommendations for MetroAccess Feb 15, 2006

A new TPB study says the region’s public transit service for the disabled suffers from several shortcomings that could be remedied with some simple solutions.

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TPB: Major Freeway Study Shows Traffic Much Worse Over Past Three Years Feb 15, 2006

The Washington region’s freeway system has become significantly more crowded over the past three years...

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Mobility and Accessibility Study Findings Released Jan 18, 2006

The TPB released preliminary findings of a study illustrating what the region would look like if area officials embraced different land use and transportation plans.

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Fisette, Williams and Knapp to Lead COG Board of Directors in 2006 Jan 11, 2006
COG today elected Arlington County Chair Jay Fisette to head its Board of Directors. District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Montgomery County Council Member Michael Knapp will serve as vice chairs.
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COG Kicks Off Metro Funding Effort as State Assemblies Convene Jan 11, 2006

COG will spearhead a new regional effort to aggressively advocate for dedicated funding for the Metro system.

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Affordable Housing 'Gift' to Local Governments Dec 21, 2005

During this season of giving, the Washington Area Housing Partnership (WAHP) is distributing a new toolkit to local governments on best strategies for preserving, promoting, and producing more affordable housing.

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D.C. Council's Phil Mendelson Honored As Regional Leader of the Year Dec 14, 2005
Phil_MendelsonAt this year’s Annual Meeting, COG honored local governments, organizations and individuals for their leadership in addressing the region’s rapid growth and the need for more affordable housing.
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COG Day Labor Summit Focuses on Economics Nov 17, 2005
Porter_MendelsonArea officials such as Walter Tejada (Arlington), Will Campos (Prince George's) and Tom Perez (Montgomery) discuss day labor issues at COG summit. 
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No Code Red Days Despite Summer Heat Oct 28, 2005
Area leaders are pointing out the lack of Code Red days this year as evidence of significant progress in improving air quality in metropolitan Washington. 
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Two Major Transportation Projects Approved Oct 19, 2005
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) today unanimously approved regional transportation plans that include two major transportation projects: High Occupancy Toll Lanes (HOT) lanes and CapCom.
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Takoma Park Mayor Wins Outstanding Elected Official Award Oct 19, 2005
Porter_Mendelson Takoma Park Mayor Kathy Porter was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Elected Official Award by the National Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations for her work in transportation planning in the metropolitan area.
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COG Presents Post-Katrina Plan Oct 12, 2005
COG presented a new work plan to its Board of Directors today to strengthen regional emergency preparedness and responsiveness. 
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Region Preparing for Rita's Energy Impact Sep 23, 2005

The governments of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Rita on fuel production supplies and gasoline prices, while urging their citizens to remain calm and take voluntary conservation measures. 

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Region Adds Over 350,000 New Residents Since 2000 Sep 14, 2005

A new report released today by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) shows continued regional growth in population, jobs, federal spending, retail sales and personal income. 

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Area Officials to Seek Review of Region’s Emergency Plans Sep 8, 2005

Top Washington area elected officials conferred today by conference call, at the request of Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, to begin re-evaluating and strengthening emergency plans in light of concerns about the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf region. 

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COG Board Forwards Findings to BRAC Commission Jul 13, 2005

During its July meeting, the COG Board of Directors adopted the analysis of the regional impacts of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Base Realignment and Closure Recommendations. 

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COG Releases BRAC Analysis Jul 7, 2005

The study focuses on the proposed base closings effect on future employment, traffic congestion and air quality in 2010 and 2020.

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2005 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award Winners Announced Jun 29, 2005
Commuter Connections recognized five area businesses and local governments for their outstanding efforts in promoting commuting practices that reduce traffic congestion and improve the air quality in the National Capital Region.

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COG to Study Base Closure Impact on Region Jun 8, 2005
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) will examine the potential regional impact of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recommendations for the closure, realignment, or expansion of military and defense-related facilities.
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New Programs Help Clean Region's Air May 25, 2005
Members of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee are sharing innovative local programs as part of an effort to help clean the region’s air.
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National Capital Region Celebrates Bike to Work Day May 20, 2005
The pouring rain didn’t stop hundreds of dedicated bicyclists from turning out to celebrate Bike to Work Day in Washington D.C., Silver Spring, Arlington—a total of 18 different sites.
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Report Gives Snapshot Of Region’s Homeless Population May 11, 2005
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) released the organization’s fifth annual Homeless Enumeration Report, providing an updated “snapshot” of the region’s homeless population.
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New Regional Programs to Help Area's 6,000 Foster Children Mar 30, 2005
U.S. Surgeon General at COG's Work of Heart Press ConferenceD.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona and Freddie Mac Foundation President Maxine Baker joined COG to introduce new programs that will increase the number of loving homes available for foster children in the region.
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U.S. Congressman Jim Moran addresses TPB Mar 16, 2005
Funding for regional center to improve traffic flow during major incidents included in recently approved House bill.   
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Regional Pawn Data Sharing System Among First in Nation Mar 15, 2005
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today introduced a Regional Pawn Sharing Database System that will help recover stolen property and solve crimes in the region.
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Crime Statistics Report To Aid Police Departments Mar 9, 2005
A report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) shows the rate of crime declined in 2003 following a rise in 2002.
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Program Supplies Role Models to High-Need Schools Mar 7, 2005
Annually 12,000 new teachers must be recruited to meet the demands of the region’s school systems.  The Transition to Teaching Program helps address this by fast-tracking the training for qualified individuals and providing mentor support once they are placed in teaching positions. 
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