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Sharon Bulova, NCPC Win Top Honors at COG Annual Luncheon

BulovaAt its Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon on December 9, COG presented Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova with its highest honor, the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award.  Bulova was recognized for her leadership in guiding the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition. The National Capital Planning Commission was honored with the Regional Partnership Award for co-hosting a meeting with COG in July between senior Obama Administration officials and local elected officials. The COG Annual Luncheon also included a stirring keynote address by Deputy Secretary Ron Sims of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sims called on elected officials to continue their focus on the region’s sustainability and livability as well as its "haves and have-nots." For the COG news item on the awards, click here. For the news item on Sims' speech, click here.

Penelope Gross Discusses Regional Priorities on NBC4 Program

GrossCOG Board Chairman and Fairfax County Vice Chairman Penelope Gross joined Ronald Walters, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, and Angela Franco, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, on NBC 4's Viewpoint program for a discussion on how the region fared in 2009, as well as a look to the future. Gross highlighted top regional priorities and called attention to COG's workforce competitiveness initiative and taskforce. To watch the program, which aired on December 27, click here.

Region Forward© Public Comments Help Shape Final Product

COG received nearly 400 comments from local government officials, business and civic groups, and area residents related to Region Forward. The comments were reviewed by the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition in December and were used to strengthen the final report. The COG Board of Directors will be asked to adopt Region Forward at its January 13 meeting, and following adoption, COG will seek endorsement of its Compact by all 21 member jurisdictions. Region Forward is a comprehensive guide to regional planning and measuring success. It is the culmination of a year-and-a-half of work by COG's Greater Washington 2050 Coalition. To learn more about Greater Washington 2050 and to view the report being presented to the COG Board in January, click here.

Social Media Updates

COG on FacebookWatch U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims keynote speech at the Annual Luncheon on COG's Facebook page. To view COG's Facebook page, click here.

 

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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January 13: COG Board of Directors
January 20: Transportation Planning Board
January 27: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee

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