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WMATA Governance Task Force Seeks Public Input

WMATA Governance ReviewOn July 1 at 9am at COG, the WMATA Governance Task Force will be holding an open meeting and forum for elected officials, stakeholders and members of the public to share their input on how Metro is governed. Persons wishing to speak at the forum are encouraged to sign-in by calling 202-962-3220. If you are unable to attend, you can submit comments to the COG web site and they will be shared with the Task Force. At the June 9 COG Board Meeting, the COG Board of Directors authorized COG Chair Kwame Brown to appoint three additional representatives to the task force. Brown appointed COG Vice Chair and Prince George's County Council Vice Chair Andrea Harrison, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Penelope Gross, and himself to the group. On June 11, the Task Force held an organizational meeting at the Board of Trade. To learn more about the Task Force, its members, and its mission, click here. To submit a public comment on WMATA governance in advance of the meeting, click here.

COG Honors Recent Retirees for Over 150 Years of Outstanding Service

COG Retirees June 2010At its June meeting, the COG Board of Directors recognized six staff members who are retiring this summer. COG Chair Kwame Brown noted their combined service totaled more than 150 years and said, "I know I speak for my fellow Board Members when I say that COG staff members provide outstanding service to the region and we are grateful for your knowledge, leadership, and commitment." [Pictured left to right: Lee Ruck (8 yrs), Nancy Rea (8 yrs), COG Chair Kwame Brown, Bobby Snead (36 yrs), George Nichols (30 yrs), and Mike Clifford (38 yrs). Not pictured, Carl Kalish, who retired in May. (31 yrs)]

Forum Focuses on Creating a Regional Workforce Strategy for Health Jobs

On June 3, over a hundred area elected officials, educators, healthcare employers, and workforce development experts gathered at the Washington Convention Center for COG's United for Jobs Forum to discuss ways to work together as a region to make metropolitan Washington a leader in the fast-growing health care sector.  The event--part of the COG Board's Workforce Competitiveness Initiative--produced a number of recommendations, such as building strategic partnerships and advocating for funding and workforce reforms. To read the United for Jobs Forum summary and recommendations, click here.

Clean Air Partners AirAlerts Deliver Air Quality Forecasts to Your Email, Phone

AirAlertsSummer is here and above-average temperatures have contributed to some unhealthy Code Orange air quality days. Make sure to sign up for AirAlerts, a service of Clean Air Partners, which notifies you when the air quality is unhealthy. And while you are signing up for this free service, you can also learn steps you can take to clean the air. To sign up for AirAlerts, click here.

Commuter Connections Wins Award, Honors Area Businesses

Commuter Connections ‘Pool Rewards won an Outstanding Incentive Program Award from the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Chesapeake Chapter on June 2.  Later in the month, Commuter Connections held its Employer Recognition Awards at the National Press Club and honored ICF International of Fairfax, VA, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. of Silver Spring, MD, and TCG of Washington, DC for their outstanding commuting options and alternatives for employees. For more information on the winning companies, click here.

Social Media Updates

The COG PodcastListen to a new episode of The COG Podcast. TPB Chairman Dave Snyder and COG's Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby discuss the present state of the region's transportation system, the short- and long- term challenges it faces, and ways to mitigate those challenges.

To listen to episodes of 'The COG Podcast', click here.

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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.

July 1: Open Meeting & Forum of the WMATA Governance Review Task Force
July 14: COG Board of Directors
July 21:
Transportation Planning Board
July 23-25:
COG Leadership Planning & Work Session
July 28:
Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee

About COG

For more than 50 years, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, known as COG, has helped develop solutions to issues of regional importance. COG is an independent, nonprofit association comprised of elected officials from 21 local governments, members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, and members of the U.S. Congress. The Metropolitan Memo is sent to COG’s membership of over 250 local, state and federal elected officials as well as regional stakeholders and citizens. To be added to the Metro Memo subscription list or make changes to your subscription, please contact Steve Kania.
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