Tag Archives: economy

Economy

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, …

Economy, Health & Human Services, Housing

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) …

Economy

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 …

Economy, Public Safety

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 …

Economy, Health & Human Services

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 …

Coalition Work, Economy, Education

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 …

Housing

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 …

Economy

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

Economy

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 …

Coalition Work, Economy

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 …

Coalition Work, Economy, Housing

Area Officials Focus on Housing, Employment Challenges for Lower Income Residents

Despite being one of the most prosperous regions in the nation, major economic disparities can be found throughout metropolitan Washington. For example, finding affordable housing or quality-work are significant challenges for lower income residents. To learn more about these issues …

Economy, Environment, Transportation

Q&A: Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia

Phil Mendelson was first elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in November of 1998 as an At-Large Councilmember. He served the District in that role until June 2012 when, following the departure of the previous Council Chairman, …

Economy, Housing

Officials, Experts: Now’s the Time to Prepare for Additional 1.6 Million People, 1.3 Million Jobs

Growth. It’s one of the region’s most important issues, so it’s not surprising that it was once again front-and-center at the March 2014 COG Board of Directors meeting. Area leaders approved a new round of long-range forecasts, discussed economic trends …

Economy

Why It Is Hard To Find A Job In Boomtown

Since the Great Recession it is about forty percent more difficult to find a job in our region. This probably sounds both accurate and a little surprising because yes the recession was bad but there has been so much reporting …

Economy, Land Use

Activity Centers are Home to Most New Offices

Who does not like a shorter commute? Communities throughout Metropolitan Washington have worked diligently to create a network of Activity Centers that dexterously increase livability –including less time spent on congested roads and packed Metro cars- while enabling our economy …