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COG News - June 2011

Coalition Kicks Off Next Phase of Region Forward Initiative

Eric OlsonMary HynesHarriet TregoningCreating the Region Forward vision was hard work. Using Region Forward to measure progress, prioritize needs, and jumpstart projects will be an even more challenging endeavor. This important next phase of the initiative will be led by the Region Forward Coalition, which met for the first time on June 10 at George Mason University’s Arlington campus. At the meeting, RFC members learned about Complete Community Priorities, a planning concept that will help them identify important needs for Regional Centers. They also took part in a panel discussion on a new transit-oriented, affordable housing initiative, an example of the kind of project the RFC hopes to spark through new public-private partnerships. The RFC is a diverse group of local, state and federal government officials, business and nonprofit leaders, and advocates. Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Eric Olson will serve as Chair of the Coalition. Arlington County Board Member Mary Hynes and District of Columbia Planning Director Harriet Tregoning will serve as the group’s Vice Chairs. For the latest news on Region Forward, click here.

NARC Elects Gross, Tejada to Leadership Posts

Penny GrossWalter TejadaTwo COG Board members have been elected to leadership posts at the National Association of Regional Councils. Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross was elected Senior Vice President of the NARC Board of Directors, which puts her in line to become the NARC Board President. Arlington County Board Member Walter Tejada was elected to represent District III of NARC, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Tejada replaces Gross who previously served as District III representative. NARC represents more than 230 regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations in the United States and is the national voice for regionalism.

News Channel 8 Features Community Energy Planning, CEEPC Report

Jay FisetteArlington County Board Member Jay Fisette, who is also Chairman of COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee, and COG Environmental Planner Jeff King discussed the benefits of community energy planning (also known as district energy) on News Channel 8 after the June COG Board meeting. Fisette delivered a progress report on the region's climate and energy action plan at the meeting. District energy is one of the strategies CEEPC has examined to reduce energy costs and limit greenhouse gas emissions. To view the story, click here or watch below. To download the CEEPC progress report, click here.

COG Fire Chiefs Promote Fireworks Safety

Fireworks SafetyIn advance of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, fire officials from the metropolitan Washington region conducted a fireworks safety news conference and safety demonstration at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy on June 23.  They also announced the You Light It…We’ll Write It! regional campaign, which will target individuals who use illegal fireworks.  For more information as well as stories by NBC4 and Patch , click here.  

Commuter Connections Honors Area Businesses

Commuter Connections Employer AwardsOn June 28, Commuter Connections held its annual Employer Recognition Awards at the National Press Club and honored The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., B. F. Saul Company, and Clean Currents for promoting sustainable commuting choices for their employees. For more information on the award winners, click here.  

The Region Available for Download

The Region: 2011 EditionThe Region: Annual Review of Transportation Issues in the Washington Metropolitan Region was released this month and is available for download on the COG web site. This year's edition features articles on the region's long-range transportation plan update, the development of regional transportation priorities, and a bold scenario that examined the impact of more concentrated growth, superb bus transit, and lots of toll lanes. To download the report, click here.  


Social Media Updates

Region has plenty of content from the Coalition Kickoff, including photos, a blog post on a transit-oriented, affordable housing initiative discussed at the meeting, and a video of the keynote speech by Barbara McCann of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

To view this content on the Region Forward web site, click here.

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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July 13: COG Board of Directors
July 20: Transportation Planning Board
July 22-24: COG Leadership Planning & Work Session

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