Coalition Discusses Boosting the Region’s Global Competitiveness and Higher Education Innovation

Approximately 35 leaders from the region gathered for the Region Forward Coalition meeting April 24 to discuss bolstering the region’s economic competitiveness and higher education assets.

Terry Clower, George Mason University professor of Public Policy and Northern Virginia Chair of …

April 27, 2015 | Tags: economy, region forward, education See More Tags

Committee Works to Regain “Lost Ground” on Affordable Housing

Elected officials, department managers, and directors from area jurisdictions discussed the region’s housing affordability challenges at the April meeting of the Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee (HSPSPC).

Walter Tejada, Chair of HSPSPC and Vice Chairman of the Arlington …

April 21, 2015 | Tags: economy, affordable housing, health See More Tags

COG Board Explores Opportunities for Economic Advancement in Metropolitan Region

Elected leaders on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors took an in-depth look at the area’s growth industries at their April meeting as part of their focus on regional economic competitiveness.

The Board welcomed Mark Muro

April 10, 2015 | Tags: economy, workforce development, economic competitiveness See More Tags

“Multi-Sector Working Group” Develops Draft List of Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments group charged with identifying promising strategies for significantly reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions has developed a draft list of strategies to analyze this summer before identifying those with the greatest potential to help …

April 9, 2015 | Tags: climate change, climate & energy, greenhouse gas See More Tags climate mitigation

Q&A: Emmett Jordan, Mayor, City of Greenbelt

Emmett V. Jordan is a current member of the Greenbelt City Council, serving as Mayor. In 2009, he became the first African-American councilmember in the city’s history. At the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Jordan serves as a member of …

April 1, 2015 | Tags: activity centers, region forward, economic competitiveness See More Tags City of Greenbelt

Regional Group Launches Work to Identify Promising Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies

A regional group convened by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to identify promising strategies for significantly reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions recently launched its work with a formal kick-off meeting on January 30. Over the next several months, …

March 17, 2015 | Tags: climate change, region forward, climate & energy See More Tags greenhouse gas

COG Board Launches 2015 Focus on Regional Economic Competitiveness

Elected leaders from around metropolitan Washington agree that enhancing the economic competitiveness of the region will require encouraging the growth of the area’s strongest industries, developing its workforce and promoting messages that communicate the value of doing business and living …

March 13, 2015 | Tags: economy, Fairfax County, Economy Forward See More Tags economic trends

Region Forward Coalition Features New Leadership, Theme for 2015

At its January 23rd meeting, the Region Forward Coalition focused on the future of Region Forward as well as regional economic competitiveness. It was also the first meeting featuring Emmett Jordan as Chair of the Coalition. The Greenbelt Mayor …

March 2, 2015 | Tags: economy, region forward, infrastructure See More Tags competitiveness

DC Area Governments Work to “Green Tape” Solar Power

by Isabel Ricker

Solar energy is booming. Just last month, national news outlets ran headlines proclaiming incredible job growth in the solar industry, dropping installation prices, and improved resale value for homes with solar.

The DC area solar market …

February 11, 2015 | Tags: solar, climate & energy, solar resources for consumers See More Tags rooftop solar challenge

ULI-COG Seek TAP Program Participants to Strengthen Area Activity Centers

The Urban Land Institute-Washington and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are encouraging local governments to apply for a new round of Technical Assistance Panels—or TAPs. The TAPs, one of ULI Washington’s signature programs, are like fast-paced brainstorming sessions with a …

January 28, 2015 | Tags: land use, activity centers, health See More Tags

The Worth of Water: Part 1

Shortly after the MCHM spill in the Elk River just outside Charleston, West Virginia, COG sent water quality specialists to the site to observe the response methods to the crisis. This post comes one year after the spill.

In the …

January 13, 2015 | Tags: water quality, West Virginia Spill, MCHM See More Tags Elk River, WV, West Virginia, the National Guard, do not drink advisory, Charleston

2014 COG Series Provides In-Depth Look at Region’s Infrastructure

In 2014, the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments identified regional infrastructure as its focus and held a series on COG’s main areas of expertise, such as transportation, water, energy, and public safety communications. Officials planned …

December 30, 2014 | Tags: energy, infrastructure, stormwater See More Tags wastewater, renewable energy, bridges, airports, drinking water

Are you interested in joining the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee?

A Guest Post by Current Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Vice-Chair, Glenna Tinney

I have served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) for four years.  For the past year, I …

December 12, 2014 | Tags: energy, climate, advisory See More Tags

More Activity in Activity Centers: Coalition Focuses on Public Health and Placemaking

Officials, planners, and stakeholders need to consider public health when making decisions about land use, transportation, and other infrastructure, according to Dr. Mark Fenton, who spoke at the October meeting of the Region Forward Coalition. Fenton, a Tufts University professor, …

November 14, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, Prince George's County, Region Forward Coalition See More Tags Fairfax County, Place + Opportunity, walkable, Mark Fenton, bikable, bike lane, bike plan, PGHD

The PicMe Project: COG’s Newest Foster Care Adoption Initiative

November is National Adoption Month. It is an annual campaign to increase public awareness of the half million children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care across the country.

In the National Capital Region, there is some good …

November 4, 2014 | Tags: Wednesday's Child, PicMe Project, National Adoption Month See More Tags foster care, Annual Report on Foster Care