Connecting the Region for Housing Choice and Opportunity

Development at Potomac Yard, City of Alexandria (Photo Credit: Payton Chung/Flickr) 

Jurisdictions across metropolitan Washington are continually working to create and transform communities, making improvements for current residents while providing choices for prospective residents and their families.

Any local government …

April 14, 2016 | Tags: activity centers, planning, housing See More Tags regionalism, affordable housing

Developing Successful Sustainability Programs: Corporate Leaders Share Best Practices

Pictured from left to right: Susan Kolodziejczyk, Roger Fernandez, Rachel Goldstein, Scott Johnstone, and Alison Taylor

U.S. and international corporations are increasingly taking steps to address climate change and sustainability. During the Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) meeting …

March 24, 2016 See More Tags

Future of Metropolitan Washington’s Economy Depends on Regional Collaboration, Focus on Competitive Advantages

Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis presents findings about the future of the region’s economy to the COG Board of Directors. (Photo credit: Kristi King, WTOP)

In recent years, metropolitan Washington’s economy has suffered from …

March 11, 2016 See More Tags

Economic Competitiveness and Affordable Housing, Top Priorities for Region Forward Coalition in 2016

Millennial professionals – an important population to the region’s economy – walk outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: Paul Morse for the Heritage Foundation)

During its first meeting of the year, the Region Forward Coalition – …

March 2, 2016 See More Tags

COG and Consortium of Universities Build Partnerships Between Academic Community and Public Sector

COG Executive Director Chuck Bean, George Washington President Steven Knapp, and Consortium of Universities CEO John Cavanaugh

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA) are moving ahead …

February 16, 2016 See More Tags

David Snyder: How Our Region Compares to Other International Cities on Air Quality

We have recently seen news coverage of poor air quality in cities including Beijing, New Delhi, Milan, Paris, and Tehran. Bad air quality has prompted the cities to take a mix of actions to clean the air, including closing schools …

January 8, 2016 | Tags: air quality, ozone, fine particles See More Tags

Regional Actions, Cooperation Will Help Support New Global Climate Goals

D.C. wins c40 Award for Wind Power Purchase – Tommy Wells D.C. Department of Energy & Environment Director; Mark Chambers, D.C. Department of General Services Sustainability and Energy Associate Director; Eduardo Paes, C40 Chairman (Credit: c40)

One hundred and ninety …

December 16, 2015 | Tags: climate & energy, greenhouse gas, climate mitigation See More Tags

Chairman Highlights Major Regional Efforts in 2015

COG Board Chairman William Euille of the City of Alexandria delivered the following Year-in-Review remarks at the COG Annual Meeting on December 9, 2015.

At the Council of Governments, partnership is at the heart of our work. Every year, so …

December 15, 2015 | Tags: Metro, economic competitiveness, greenhouse gas See More Tags

TPB Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

(Pictured: Chuck Bean (COG), Kanti Srikanth (COG), TPB Chairman Phil Mendelson, former TPB Chairmen John Mason and Kathy Porter, former COG staff member Alan Pisarski, and Bob Griffiths (COG)). 

Area officials gathered on November 18 to mark the 50th anniversary …

November 24, 2015 | Tags: transportation, planning, TPB See More Tags

Q&A: City of Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams

(Pictured: Williams is recognized for 15 years of service as chairman of the Institute for Regional Excellence Program Advisory Board)

City of Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams will leave office when his term ends in November.  We sat …

November 4, 2015 | Tags: economy, maryland, affordable housing See More Tags

Clean Technology Forum Lays Groundwork for Region’s Low Carbon Future

On the heels of the nation’s first Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C., national experts and local leaders from both the public and private sectors came together to identify opportunities to advance the deployment of smart, clean technology in metropolitan …

October 23, 2015 | Tags: growth, economy, environment See More Tags climate change

Congresswoman Comstock Talks Transportation, Economy at COG Board Meeting

In October, U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10) briefed the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors on her vision for the region, including several efforts related to transportation that closely align with local and regional priorities.

Comstock, who …

October 20, 2015 | Tags: Metro, economic competitiveness, airports See More Tags federal-regional partnership

Officials Discuss Legacy of Olympic Bid

Public and private sector leaders developed a vision for hosting the 2024 Olympics in metropolitan Washington that would focus on and enhance regional assets like walkable communities, an expansive transit system, and natural resources like the Potomac and Anacostia rivers …

September 14, 2015 | Tags: region forward, economic competitiveness, walkability See More Tags

Metro Steers Toward Sustainable Transportation

Metro, in partnership with Complete Coach Works (CCW), and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), hosted a demonstration on August 24 of a Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) all-electric bus at  WMATA’s Carmen Turner Facility in Landover, Maryland. Providing …

September 2, 2015 | Tags: transportation, environment, air quality See More Tags electric vehicles

Retreat Panel: Ending Homelessness is a Difficult-Not Impossible-Task

Can we really end homelessness?

Laura Zeilinger, Director of the Department of Human Services for the District of Columbia, posed this question to area officials gathered for the 2015 Annual Council of Governments Leadership Retreat in Cambridge, MD.

Although homelessness …

August 13, 2015 | Tags: homelessness, Workforce See More Tags
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