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

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