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Community Planning & Services News

Panel of Area Leaders Discuss Greater Washington 2050 on WAMU

Favola Zimmerman

Members of the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition—Arlington County Board Chair Barbara Favola, Frederick Alderman Alan Imhoff, Greater Washington Board of Trade President and CEO Jim Dinegar, Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart Schwartz—and COG Executive Director David Robertson were guests on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show on June 22. They focused on the big challenges facing the region over the next half century and discussed how area government, business and civic leaders are working together to shape a more competitive, sustainable and vibrant future through the Greater Washington 2050 Initiative. For the full audio recording, click here.

Foster Parents Honored by COG and the Freddie Mac Foundation

On May 30, several COG members (including COG Chair Penny Gross & COG Vice Chair Kwame Brown pictured) participated in the 2009 Metropolitan Washington Foster Parent Appreciation Gala, an annual celebration sponsored by COG and the Freddie Mac Foundation to award the hard work and dedication of the region’s foster parents. To read a Washington Times feature article about the region's Foster Parents of the Year, click here. To read the COG news item with a full list of the winners, click here.

Environment News

COG Recruiting Stakeholders for New Policy Committee

COG is seeking to fill membership openings on its new Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) with representatives from federal/regional public agencies, electric/gas utilities, environmental/energy/nonprofit groups, business groups, and university/academic institutions. The CEEPC is the principal policy adviser to the COG Board of Directors for climate change and energy policy issues. Click here for the membership application form and to view a current roster of committee members.

Public Safety & Health News

Report Highlights Health Disparities Throughout Region

COG and the Washington Grantmakers (WG) released a report on June 29 indicating that health can differ quite dramatically depending upon where a person lives in the region. An overview of the report was distributed to the COG Board in advance of their May meeting. To watch a News Channel 8 video clip on the report, click here. To view the press release as well as links to the full report and a podcast with Dr. Kelly Woodward, Medical Director at the Alexandria Health Department, click here.

Officials Hold Fireworks Safety News Conference and Demonstration

On June 24, fire officials from across the region conducted a fireworks safety news conference and safety demonstration at the George Washington Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Virginia.  They addressed the dangers associated with the use of illegal fireworks and showed how fireworks are mishandled and improperly used. To learn more about the event and view photos, click here.

Transportation News

TPB Advances Purple Line

In a crucial step for the project’s future, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board voted unanimously at its June meeting to advance the light rail Purple Line for inclusion in the 2009 Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). To read a Washington Examiner article on the vote, click here.

TPB and FTA Hold Priority Bus Conference

On June 24, the TPB and the Federal Transit Administration held a conference on improving the region’s transit system by implementing priority bus transit. To learn more about the conference, including an event summary, photos, and a link to presentations, click here.


 Implementing Stimulus

COG is continuing to keep its members updated on the latest developments related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) via its online Regional Information Center. Visit the Center to view the latest headlines regarding the ARRA, as well as official updates from federal, state, and local governments implementing stimulus-funded projects. Also, check upcoming grant deadlines and information on regional ARRA-related events.

Click here to visit the ARRA Regional Information Center

 The COG Podcast: Latest Episodes

Foster Parent Gala. COG Board Chairman Penny Gross discusses the 2009 Metropolitan Washington Foster Parent Appreciation Gala, as well as the role that COG and local governments can play in recruiting and retaining foster parents

Employer Recognition Awards. Nick Ramfos of Commuter Connections talks about the companies honored for promoting alternatives to drive-alone commuting.

Health Indicators Report. Dr. Kelly Woodward of the Alexandria Health Department discusses the findings and implications of the new report.

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

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