Tag Archives: regionalism

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, …

Public Safety

Q&A: Richard Bowers, Fairfax County Fire Chief

In 2013, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard R. Bowers Jr. as the county’s fire chief. A 35-year veteran of the Montgomery County, Md. Fire and Rescue Service, Bowers served as MCFRS fire chief from 2008 to 2013. …

Economy, Housing, Land Use, Transportation

Regional Groups Discuss Growth Needs, Changing Economy

After a period of flat job growth, the National Capital Region’s economy is expected to rebound, and area leaders are looking at ways to work together to support and sustain this expected growth. Officials gathered on February 11 at George …

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, Public Safety, Transportation

Q&A: Melissa Peacor, Prince William County Executive

Melissa S. Peacor is the County Executive of Prince William County, Virginia. She has worked for Prince William County since 1985 following jobs with the Seattle, Wash., Economic Development Office and the City of Glendale, Ariz., Strategic Planning Office. Peacor

Land Use, Transportation

Congresswoman Edwards Stresses Development around Metro Stations

Calling attention to the Council of Governments’ work to address regional transportation coordination Congresswoman Donna Edward (D-MD 4th District) addressed the COG Board today, highlighting the critical need to, “have a lot of cooperation across jurisdictional lines.”  Representative Edwards, …

Transportation

Workshop Helps Residents Learn About Transportation Decision-Making in Metro Washington

Seven years ago, the Transportation Planning Board hosted its first Community Leadership Institute, or CLI, a workshop-style event designed to help current or emerging citizen leaders from around the Washington region learn about how transportation decisions are made and …

Transportation

“Street Smart” Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Launches Spring 2013 Campaign

Between now and mid-May, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists throughout the region will hear and see reminders about how to stay safe and avoid traffic accidents as warmer spring weather and longer daylight hours bring more people out on foot and …

Transportation

Under MAP-21, a Portion of “Transportation Alternatives” Funding To Be Awarded Regionally

Starting this year, under a provision in the latest version of the federal law authorizing the flow of transportation dollars to states and localities in the region, the Transportation Planning Board will decide what projects receive a portion of funding …

Coalition Work

The Region Forward Coalition: Looking Back and Moving Forward

2012 was busy for the Region Forward Coalition, with several key projects being completed, such as the first Region Forward Progress Report and an updated Activity Centers map outlining priority growth areas for the region.

Completing the Region Forward “Baseline”

Climate & Energy

Regional Investment in Energy Efficiency: Good for the Economy and the Environment

Nicole Steele, Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy
& Julia Allman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

It’s long been said that the cleanest, cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use. And consuming less energy doesn’t mean …

Transportation

Group Celebrates 20 Years of Citizen Involvement in Transportation Planning in Metro Washington

On a December evening in 1992, a group of Washington area residents gathered for the first meeting of the Transportation Planning Board’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

Some members of the group had been attending meetings of the TPB for a …

Environment

Progress Versus Tiny Pollutants Shows Big Improvement in Region’s Air Quality

In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said our region was not meeting its fine particle (PM 2.5) pollution standards. This meant pollution levels were too high and that area leaders, through COG’s Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, needed to …

Alice Rivlin discusses “fiscal cliff” & metro Washington’s long-term economic outlook

Alice Rivlin, a senior economist at the Brookings Institution and an expert on the federal budget, said she believes the President and Congress will reach an agreement to avoid the mandatory tax and spending cuts known as the Fiscal Cliff. …

Program offers citizens a chance to get involved in transportation planning

A group of current or emerging citizen leaders and other interested individuals from around the Washington region gathered recently to learn about how transportation decisions are made in the region and how to become more involved in the decision-making process.…