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Kwame Brown to Lead COG in 2010

Kwame BrownDistrict of Columbia Councilmember At-Large Kwame Brown was elected COG Board Chairman at the January COG Board of Directors meeting. Brown said he will focus on regional priorities including economic prosperity, unemployment and comprehensive vocational education.“I look forward to leading the COG Board and building on our recent work to develop more sustainable communities and a more resilient economy for all residents of the National Capital Region,” Brown said.  Prince George's County Council Vice Chair Andrea Harrison and Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi will serve as COG Vice Chairs in 2010. For a Washington Business Journal article on COG Chairman Kwame Brown, click here.

COG Helps Officials Communicate During Snowstorms; Will Host After-Action Conference

Through frequent conference calls involving the National Weather Service, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, WMATA, and many state and local government first responders, COG helped ensure that timely decisions were made in a regional context during last week's historic snowstorms. At the urging of its Chairman Kwame Brown, COG will invite area leaders to participate in a regional snowstorm conference in March once local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector have had a chance to complete clean-up and assess the storm’s costs and early lessons learned. For a WTOP report on the snow conference, click here. Several media stories mentioned COG's role in coordinating regional snow calls. For a New York Times article referencing COG and the calls, click here.

Workforce Competitiveness Task Force Releases Report

COG Workforce ReportAt its January meeting, the COG Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt Closing the Gaps to Build the Future, a report aimed at improving workforce development in the metropolitan Washington region. The report was authored by a 20-member task force of area government, business, labor, and education leaders. The group was led by Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. COG is planning a forum in the spring to build upon the strategies put forth in the report. For the report, click here. For a Washington Post article featuring the report, click here.

COG Board Approves Region Forward©

Region ForwardIn addition to the workforce report, the COG Board also approved Region Forward ©, a comprehensive, new guide for achieving environmental, transportation, economic and other regional goals in the 21st century.  Following this action, COG will ask each of its 21 member governments to support the effort and its regional Compact in the spring. While voluntary, the Compact will motivate cities and counties in the region to pledge to use their best efforts to advance the regional goals. Region Forward was developed over the past year-and-a-half by the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, a group of public officials and business, civic and environmental leaders created by COG to help the region meet interrelated future issues. For the report, click here.

Social Media Updates

Listen to a podcast on COG's workforce competitiveness initiative featuring Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Brookings Martha Ross. To visit COG's Facebook page, click here.

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

Click title to view agenda and other information. To view the complete Events Calendar, including special events and meetings of policy and technical committees, click here.

February 17: Transportation Planning Board
February 24 : Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee

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