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

COG Hosts Foresters for Forum on Lyme Disease

The great outdoors serves as “the office” for our region’s foresters, farmers, horticultural, and landscape professionals, and tick-borne diseases like Lyme pose a threat to these field personnel. However, an improved understanding of tick-borne Lyme disease has helped them to …

June 9, 2015 | Tags: environment, health See More Tags

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille Discusses the COG Board’s Focus on Economic Competitiveness

Earlier this year, COG Board Chairman and City of Alexandria Mayor William Euille announced the Board’s focus on regional economic competitiveness for 2015.  In this video, Mayor Euille sits down with COG Director of Community Planning and Services Paul DesJardin …

May 28, 2015 | Tags: economic competitiveness See More Tags

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