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COG News - June 2012

COG Economic Growth Initiative Continues to Generate Media Attention

Economic Growth and Competitiveness PlanOn June 4, COG Board Chair Frank Principi discussed the Board’s primary focus for 2012–regional economic growth and competitiveness–on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt. Principi explained how the initiative helps advance the Region Forward vision and said COG would release a Call to Action Report in the fall. In addition, the June 13 COG Board session featuring area leaders in biotech, education, workforce development and tourism was covered in a report by News Channel 8.

Principi on NewsTalk

Region Forward Report Measures Progress on Targets

Economic Growth and Competitiveness Plan The Region Forward Baseline Progress Report was presented to the COG Board during its June meeting by Prince George's County Council Vice Chair Eric Olson, who serves as the Chair of the Region Forward Coalition. The report measured regional performance related to 28 targets found in Region Forward, the long-range vision plan adopted by COG and its member governments in 2010. Olson said that on several targets—including walk, bike & transit trips, air quality, and crime—the region appears to be heading in a good direction. He also called attention to seven targets classified as major regional challenges, including smart growth development, transportation infrastructure, healthy waterways and affordable housing that will require the most attention by area leaders.

Penny Gross Elected President Elect of NARC

Penny GrossFairfax County Vice Chair Penny Gross was elected on June 13 as President Elect of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Board of Directors. Gross says she plans to increase membership and diversity in NARC and regional bodies around the country and continue to focus on sound financial management for the organization. She will also work with the White House Office of Governmental Affairs to facilitate meetings with regional councils and Senior Executive staff. NARC serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues.

TPB Survey Featured by Post, Kojo Nnamdi Show

Bike to Work Day 2012Both The Washington Post and WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show highlighted findings from the Transportation Planning Board's recent household travel survey, which examines subareas throughout metropolitan Washington (Logan Circle in DC, Frederick, Largo, White Flint, the Purple Line/International Corridor in Maryland, and Arlington, Reston, and Woodbridge in Virginia.) The survey shows how area residents commute as well as other household data. Additional subareas are being surveyed in 2012.

COG, Freddie Mac Foundation Honor Outstanding Foster Parents

Street SmartFoster parents from ten jurisdictions around the National Capital Region were honored June 9 at a gala dinner to recognize outstanding foster families for their exemplary service. The evening also included a salute to the 20th anniversary of the Wednesday’s Child program, which has found permanent adoptive families for hundreds of children in the area. A regular video segment about children eligible for adoption is featured weekly on NBC4’s local news shows, and the program is sponsored by the station, the Freddie Mac Foundation and COG. To watch short videos on each award winning family, visit COG's Kids Need Families Like Yours Facebook page.

COG Hosts Climate Impacts Symposium, Releases CEEPC Progress Report

Street SmartOn May 21, COG hosted a workshop on planning for the local impacts of climate change. It focused on water, land use, and transportation planning implications of potential changes in precipitation patterns, sea level rise, flooding, and regional water quality.  In addition, COG's Climate Energy and Environment Policy Committee released its 2011 Progress Report detailing the extensive work done by area governments in Metropolitan Washington to advance renewable energy projects, implement policies for green building and fleets, and develop a regional strategy for electric vehicle deployment. 

Social Media Updates

Recent blogs on RegionForward.org include our most shared blog on Facebook ever--a post inspired by COG's 2012 Homeless in Metro Washington annual report.

Homeless in Metro Washington 2012

 

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

For more information on the following featured meetings/events, visit the COG Events Calendar. In addition to these events, the calendar lists all meetings of COG policy and technical committees as well as some meetings of other regional organizations.

June 26: Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards
June 28: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
July 11: COG Board of Directors
July 18: Transportation Planning Board

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