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COG News - December 2010

Transportation Secretary Comes to COG to Sign TIGER Grants

On December 14, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came to COG to sign $58.8 million in TIGER grants for the National Capital Region. The TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) grant program, created under the Recovery Act, funds innovative transportation projects that have significant benefits for the economy, the environment, or increase the safety and efficiency of existing infrastructure. The funding will create jobs, improve bus transportation along priority corridors in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and create better connections between buses and other forms of transportation in the region. To see a video of LaHood speaking at COG about the TIGER grant funding click here. To read the press release on the signing, click here.

Area Leaders, Organizations Honored at COG Annual Meeting

At “One Region, Moving Forward,” COG's 2010 Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon, David Robertson presented the 2010 Regional Partnership Award to the Washington Region Area Grantmakers (WRAG) for its commitment to and support of the Region Forward plan. Robertson noted that WRAG was an early adopter of the initiative, making sure that foundations and philanthropic organizations were at the table shaping Region Forward’s message and goals. Tamara Copeland, WRAG’s Executive Director, accepted the award for WRAG.

Chairman Kwame Brown then presented the 2010 Elizabeth and David Scull Award to David Snyder, Falls Church Vice Mayor and National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) Chair. Snyder was not able to attend the awards presentation due to a business engagement out of the country; however, Snyder was acknowledged for his continued service to the region at the December 15 TPB meeting and Chairman Brown noted that Snyder will also be acknowledged at the January 12, 2011 COG Board of Directors meeting. To read more about the event and the award winners, click here.

Prince George's New Executive Discusses Region Forward

Prince George's County's new County Executive Rushern Baker and Chuck Bean, the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, discussed Region Forward at the COG Annual Meeting. To view a video of the PGC-TV news piece on their remarks, click here.

Social Media Updates

The COG PodcastFacebookRobert McCartney, Metropolitan Affairs Columnist at The Washington Post, discussed Region Forward, traffic, energy, jobs, the regional divide, Metro, and government corruption during his keynote address to the region’s elected officials and other COG members at "One Region, Moving Forward," COG's 2010 Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon. McCartney praised the accomplishments of the region’s leaders over the past year, including the adoption by all 21 COG jurisdictions of the Region Forward plan. He then challenged the region's leaders to reject defeatist attitudes and work to build an exceptional, inclusive metro Washington region to serve as a model to the country and the world.

McCartney’s speech was recorded for The COG Podcast. Click here to listen to the audio.  

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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January 12: COG Board of Directors
January 13: Virginia Legislative Breakfast
January 19: Transportation Planning Board
January 27: Maryland Legislative Luncheon

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