2017 Year in Review

Sixty years ago, in 1957, area officials met for the first time as the Council of Governments to discuss issues of mutual interest. All of these decades later, COG continues to work alongside its members and partners to shape strong communities and a better region. Throughout our 60th year, COG remained focused on the future of the region. Below are a few highlights.

Highlights from COG's 60th Year

COG's 60th Anniversary

In April 2017, COG celebrates 60 years as the hub of regional partnership. COG Executive Director Stuart Freudberg and Arlington County Board Member Christian Dorsey pictured. 

Human Capital Report

COG releases its State of the RegionHuman Capital Report, noting the role of residents in the region’s economic competitiveness.

Blue Plains (Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr)

Full Scale Exercise

Area law enforcement officials and first responders participate in a full-scale exercise designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack. 

Hoyer and Connolly

Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Gerry Connolly discuss priorities regarding Metro with the COG Board of Directors. 

Opioid Summit

500+ area leaders gather for the COG-organized Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit, featuring remarks from the region's top officials. 

Visualize 2045

The Transportation Planning Board kicks off Visualize 2045, a new long-range transportation plan for the region.

Clean Air Partners 20th Anniversary

Clean Air Partners celebrates 20 years of serving the greater Baltimore-Washington region. 

No Code Red Days

Region records no 'Code Red’ and fewer 'Code Orange’ unhealthy air days in 2017.

Metrobus (Paul Sullivan/Flickr)

Regional Travel Survey

The Transportation Planning Board kicks off its once-in-a-decade Regional Travel Survey. 

Wilson Bridge (Christopher Connell/Flickr)

Amazon DMV

COG supports members as the region attempts to win Amazon HQ2. 

Long Range Plan Task Force

The Long-Range Plan Task Force recommends—and the Transportation Planning Board approves—five initiatives to improve the region's transportation system. 

Metro Safety Commission

COG supports the District, Maryland, and Virginia in creating the Metro Safety Commission. The COG Board also passes a resolution supporting $500 million per year in new long-term dedicated funding to enable Metro to implement its capital improvement program.