Tag Archives: economy

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 …

Economy, Housing, Land Use

Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, Director of the District of Columbia …

Coalition Work, Economy, Housing, Land Use, Report

Place + Opportunity: Strategies for Creating Great Communities and a Stronger Region

Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors approved Place + Opportunity, a report that presents a regional framework to understand common challenges and opportunities among Activity Centers in our region. Examining a cross section of …

Land Use

Bracket Challenge: Building Complete Communities in Metro Washington

Should a county put in a new Metrorail station or build a streetcar? Should a city allow for taller buildings in certain areas or implement a form-based code? Should a town promote affordable housing to buy, to rent, or both?…

Climate & Energy, Economy

Leaders Work to Spur Investments in Building Energy Efficiency to Create Jobs & Fight Climate Change

Financing energy retrofits has been a major focus of area leaders on the Council of Governments’ climate and energy committee since retrofit projects create jobs, increase energy efficiency, and fight climate change.

Retrofit projects have also been of great interest …

Climate & Energy

Local, State Innovations Provide Way to Meet Climate Goals

As frustrating as Congress’ unwillingness to take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may be, additional legislation may not even be necessary to achieve the country’s climate mitigation goals.

That was one of the key points stressed during a …

Economy

FBI Competition Might Make Headlines, but Area Leaders are Committed to Cooperation on Many Economic Issues

At a forum today organized by the DC Chamber of Commerce and Washington Business Journal, several top elected officials discussed regional cooperation, specifically in regards to economic development.

Not surprisingly, the panel of D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, U.S. Congressman …