Through the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at COG, area officials, planners, and engineers focus on significant challenges like roadway and transit congestion, efficient freight movement, and safety. Learn more about COG's transportation planning areas. Learn more about the TPB.
COG's work engages leaders in various environmental fields from water quality experts to urban foresters. Together, they are advancing regional efforts to restore local waterways, reduce air pollution, increase renewable energy use, promote recycling, and enhance and preserve green space and agriculture. Learn more.
Area officials and experts, including planning and housing directors and child welfare and health officials, work together with their counterparts at COG to help shape stronger communities throughout the region. Learn more.
COG brings police chiefs, fire chiefs, emergency managers, and other leaders together as part of its work to strengthen regional public safety coordination, homeland security planning, and emergency communication. Learn more.
COG connects leaders across borders to help shape strong communities and a better region. Every month, more than a thousand officials and experts come to COG to make connections, share information, and develop solutions to the region’s major challenges. Learn more.
The purchasing and human resources pages offer information on doing business with COG, cooperative purchasing, and job opportunities. In addition, the website features initiatives that tie subject areas together, such as infrastructure and economic competitiveness.
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.
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.
COG releases its State of the Region: Human Capital Report, noting the role of residents in the region’s economic competitiveness.
Blue Plains (Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr)
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.
Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Gerry Connolly discuss priorities regarding Metro with the COG Board of Directors.
500+ area leaders gather for the COG-organized Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit, featuring remarks from the region's top officials.
The Transportation Planning Board kicks off Visualize 2045, a new long-range transportation plan for the region.
Clean Air Partners celebrates 20 years of serving the greater Baltimore-Washington region.
Region records no 'Code Red’ and fewer 'Code Orange’ unhealthy air days in 2017.
Metrobus (Paul Sullivan/Flickr)
The Transportation Planning Board kicks off its once-in-a-decade Regional Travel Survey.
Wilson Bridge (Christopher Connell/Flickr)
COG supports members as the region attempts to win Amazon HQ2.
The Long-Range Plan Task Force recommends—and the Transportation Planning Board approves—five initiatives to improve the region's transportation system.
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.
Q&A: Prince George's County Chief Administrative Officer Nicholas Majett
Q&A: Charles County's 9-1-1 and Public Safety Communications Chief Tony Rose
Q&A: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Chair Gretchen Goldman
Q&A: COG Board Chairman Kenyan McDuffie
Q&A: Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette
As D.C.-area localities plot individual HQ2 bids, they'll have regional statistics
to back them up (Washington Business Journal)
What code red days? Washington achieves best air quality in decades (Washington Post)
Housing Challenges for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (WAMU)
McDuffie: How does the region maximize our skills base? (Washington Business Journal)
Bowser, Hogan, McAuliffe address regional summit on opioid crisis (WJLA)
DC’s identity crisis: Can federal jobs withstand Trump ‘shock’? (WTOP)
The whole region wins when we improve the Chesapeake Bay (Washington Post)
Car Free Day and Bike to Work Day (WTOP)
D.C. Region Transportation Census Wants To Know How You Get Around (WAMU)
Here’s a chance to shape the future of transportation in our region (Greater Greater Washington)
DC Metro Area Commercial Construction Surged (ConstructionDive)
New plan to boost the region’s exports (Washington Business Journal)