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

Workforce Development a Foundation of a Successful Regional Economic Strategy

Middle-skill jobs can provide a strong foundation for the region’s greater economic competitiveness strategy.  This was a key take-away for area officials who attended the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Annual Leadership Retreat, held last month in Cambridge, …

August 10, 2015 | Tags: economy, stormwater, Workforce See More Tags business

At Annual Leadership Retreat, Officials Identify Ways to Collaborate in Building Industry, Developing Jobs, and Improving Social Services

What can make metropolitan Washington one of the most attractive places in the world for businesses and residents to locate?

To consider that question, leaders from around the National Capital Region met at a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) …

August 4, 2015 | Tags: economy, homelessness, Workforce See More Tags

Coalition Explores Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Tour of 1776

The Region Forward Coalition met at The Washington Post and toured global incubator 1776 for their quarterly meeting in July, which focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in metropolitan Washington.

1776, led by Managing Director David Zipper, helps entrepreneurs enter …

July 23, 2015 | Tags: activity centers, economic competitiveness See More Tags

COG Welcomes Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, spoke before the Council of Governments Board of Directors at their July meeting, outlining his plan for a New Virginia Economy and expressing his support for regional collaboration.

“With the assets …

July 9, 2015 | Tags: economy, infrastructure, workforce development See More Tags Economy Forward

COG Continues Efforts to Help Region Address Infrastructure Needs

Over the past several months, infrastructure issues have continued to make headlines in the National Capital Region. Extremely cold winter temperatures had a major impact on the region’s aging water infrastructure. In suburban Maryland, for example, the WSSC reported repairing

July 8, 2015 | Tags: transportation, infrastructure, workforce development See More Tags financing

Q&A: Frank J. Principi, Woodbridge District Supervisor, Prince William County

Frank J. Principi is the Woodbridge District Supervisor for Prince William County, a post he has held since 2008. At the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), Principi serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman …

June 25, 2015 | Tags: growth, economy, activity centers See More Tags safety

Committee Explores Region’s Workforce Development Efforts, Identifies Areas of Collaboration

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors is working to bolster the economic competitiveness of the region, and developing the area’s workforce is a key part of that growth.

Although the region produces and attracts highly skilled …

June 24, 2015 | Tags: economy, development, infrastructure See More Tags jobs

County Executives Call for Greater Cooperation to Strengthen D.C. Region’s Economy

Greater cooperation across borders on a variety of issues will be critical to the National Capital Region’s future economic success according to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. In particular, the leaders identified …

June 11, 2015 | Tags: land use, housing, Prince George's County See More Tags Montgomery County, homelessness, economic competitiveness
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