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Economic Recovery, Jobs Top COG's 2010 Priorities

At its March meeting, the COG Board of Directors voted to adopt Policy Focus & Priorities for 2010, which stresses regional economic recovery and job creation. COG Board Chair and District of Columbia Councilmember At-Large Kwame Brown said, “We believe that COG can significantly contribute to the direction and speed of economic recovery in the region by leveraging existing programs, re-focusing some activities to elevate jobs and economic issues, and taking advantage of the fact that we have strong and growing partnerships with federal decision-makers.” COG will also seek endorsement of the Region Forward plan by member jurisdictions, implement a Climate and Energy Action Work Plan, and continue working to reduce foreclosures and restore the Chesapeake Bay. To read Policy Focus & Priorities for 2010, click here.

Region Awarded Over $58 Million in TIGER Funding to Improve Transit

TIGEROn February 17 before the meeting of the Transportation Planning Board, COG was notified that the region was awarded $58.8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The funding comes from a new multimodal transportation grant program called TIGER, which stands for Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery.  Over $26 million will be invested in improving bus transportation along priority corridors in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. TPB Chair and Falls Church City Council Member Dave Snyder praised Board members, TPB staff, and the staffs of member governments, state departments of transportation, and area transit agencies for “a team effort that really paid off,” noting that “every citizen in the region is going to benefit from this funding.” Of more than 1,400 projects submitted, fewer than three percent were chosen for funding. To read the press release, click here.

2010 Regional Directory/2009 COG Annual Report Available for Download

Annual Report 2009 CoverCOG's combined 2010 Regional Directory and 2009 Annual Report is available to be viewed and downloaded on its web site. This year's report focuses on the many ways COG is working with area governments to move the region forward toward a better future. It highlights the work of the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, the Workforce Competitiveness Taskforce, and COG's efforts to strengthen federal and regional ties.  A printed version will be mailed to members soon. To view the publication, click here.


Social Media Updates

The COG PodcastListen to a new podcast on Census outreach to hard-to-count populations featuring COG Human Services & Public Safety Policy Committee Chair Walter Tejada and COG Community Planning Director Paul DesJardin.

COG on FacebookWatch recent news clips featuring COG officials on COG's Facebook page. (COG Chair Kwame Brown on CNN; COG Chair Brown, Vice Chair Frank Principi, and COG Executive Director David Robertson on NBC4's Viewpoint; COG Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby on WHUT.)

To visit COG's Facebook page, click here.

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.

March 17: Transportation Planning Board
April 5 : After Action Leadership Forum on Regional Snow Response
April 14 : COG Board of Directors

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. For newsletter, or need to change your email address, please contact Steve Kania.

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