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COG-Wide News

COG, NCPC, and Obama Administration Officials Discuss Federal-Regional PartnershipK Street Busway

On July 20, COG and the National Capital Planning Commission co-hosted a meeting with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss ways in which leaders at various levels of government can work together on issues ranging from traffic congestion and transit funding to environmental protection and affordable housing. (COG's Penny Gross, the Obama Administration's Valerie Jarrett, and NCPC's John V. Cogbill, III, pictured) COG Chairman Penny Gross told attendees that “COG and NCPC members are excited about President Obama’s new focus on metropolitan regions and we believe that the dialogue and partnership we launch today will help advance that focus here in the National Capital Region and around the country.” To view read more about the event and view photos, click here. To read a Washington Post column on the meeting, click here.

Community Planning & Services News

Commercial Construction Report Highlights Regional Impact of BRAC Projects

While there were 71 fewer projects in 2008 than in 2007, the overall square footage and monetary value of commercial construction projects in the region increased by 14 percent over the previous year according to COG's Commercial Construction Indicators: 2008 Annual Summary. Much of the increased square footage and value comes from two Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects: the National Geospatial Intelligence Campus in Fairfax County, Virginia and Bethesda Naval Medical Center. To download the report, click here. To read a Washington Business Journal article on the report, click here.

Environment News

New Policy Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

At the inaugural meeting of COG's Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee on July 22, Chairman Jay Fisette, who also serves on the COG Board of Directors and as Vice Chairman of Arlington County, led committee members in a discussion on how to meet or exceed the recommendations put forth in the National Capital Region Climate Change Report. To read the COG news item, click here.

Public Safety & Health News

News Channel 8, WAMU Feature Health Report

The report, Community Health Indicators for the Washington Metropolitan Region, was featured this month on News Channel 8's NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt and WAMU's Metro Connection. The COG/Washington Grantmakers report shows that health can differ dramatically depending upon where a person lives in the region. To listen to the WAMU show, click here. To watch Dr. Pierre Vigilance, Director of the D.C. Health Department and Dr. Kelly Woodward, Medical Director at the Alexandria Health Department on NewsTalk, click here.

Transportation News

TPB, Washington Post Editorial Support Regional Priority Bus ProposalK Street Busway

At its July meeting, members of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to submit an application for a regional Priority Bus Transit Network to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The current proposal, which is subject to refinement before its submission by the September 15, 2009 deadline, includes the creation of a number of priority bus corridors, as well as the reconstruction of K Street to include a Busway. To read the press release, click here. To read a Washington Post editorial supporting the proposal, click here.

Area Leaders Urge Federal Partners to Meet Their Metro Funding Commitment

Local elected officials reaffirmed their strong support for dedicated funding for Metro and spoke out about the slow progress that had been made to date on securing funding from the federal government during the July COG Board of Directors meeting. To read a Washington Business Journal article on the meeting, click here. To read a WTOP.com article, click here.

 Implementing Stimulus

COG is keeping its members updated on the latest developments related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) via its online Regional Information Center.

Click here to visit the ARRA Regional Information Center

 The COG Podcast: Latest Episodes

Penny Gross, COG Board Chairman: Chesapeake Bay & Water Quality Issues

Harriet Tregoning, Director of the D.C. Office of Planning & TPB Scenario Study Task Force Chair: Regional Priority Bus Network Proposal

Click here to listen to these and other episodes of 'The COG Podcast'

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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September 9 : COG Board of Directors
September 16 : Transportation Planning Board (TPB)

September 23: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC)

Click here to view the complete Events Calendar

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