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COG Keeps Focus on Jobs, Workforce Development

Kids Need Families Like YoursOn June 3 at the Washington Convention Center, COG, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, and Skill Source Group will host United for Jobs: A Regional Forum on Careers in Health. It will feature workshops on improving workforce planning as well as a luncheon panel of Washington Post staff writers discussing their new book, Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All. On May 3, COG Chair Kwame Brown called for greater regional cooperation on workforce development and promoted United for Jobs in a commentary in the Washington Post's Capital Business publication. To learn more about the event and its agenda and to register, click here. To read Kwame Brown's commentary in Capital Business, click here.

COG, Board of Trade to Lead Independent Review of WMATA Governance

At its May meeting, the COG Board of Directors voted to join the Greater Washington Board of Trade to encourage and assist a fast-tracked, independent review of the governance structure of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency. A public-private task force assembled by COG and the Board of Trade will offer recommendations later this year to WMATA and its stakeholders. The task force is expected to hold its first meeting in early June. To watch a NewsTalk interview with Kwame Brown and Board of Trade President and CEO Jim Dinegar about the task force, click here.

Kids Need Families Like Yours Campaign Draws Strong Coverage in May

Andrea Harrison, Judith Davis Congratulate Foster Parent Winner In the weeks following an April 29 kickoff event, the Kids Need Families Like Yours Foster Parent Recruitment Campaign has been featured in dozens of media stories, including features in the Washington Post Local Living sections, a front page story in Washington Hispanic, and appearances by foster parents on local cable TV shows. The campaign, which is sponsored by the Freddie Mac Foundation and COG, ran television and radio ads from May 3 to May 16. To view the media stories, photos from the kickoff event, and ads on the Kids Need Families Facebook page, click here. [COG Vice Chair Andrea Harrison and COG President Judith Davis pictured above with Prince George’s County Foster Parent of the Year, Odessa Holliman (left)]

COG Corrections Chiefs Sponsor 19th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

On May 1, COG's Corrections Chiefs sponsored the 19th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and Honor Guard Competition at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. The ceremony recognized the outstanding work and dedication of all correctional employees in ensuring the safety of our communities. COG Vice President Bill Euille spoke on behalf of the COG Board of Directors at the event. To view photos on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund blog, click here. To view photos on the COG Facebook page, click here.

2010 Homelessness Report Highlights Success of Rapid Re-housing Programs

Capital Area Foreclosure NetworkDespite the continued economic and foreclosure crisis, homelessness has decreased in the metropolitan Washington region over the past five years, according to A Regional Portrait of Homelessness: The 2010 Count of Homeless Persons in Metropolitan Washington. The report analyzed the results of COG's tenth annual point-in-time enumeration of the region's homeless persons, which was conducted on January 27, 2010. The enumeration found a 1.7 percent decrease from 2009 and a 3 percent decrease since 2006. The report said this was partially due to an increased focus on prevention strategies that provided emergency rental assistance and rapid re-housing or "housing first" programs. To download the report and view results and analysis for each jurisdiction, click here.

Social Media Updates

COG on FacebookView photos from three COG events in May. The ceremony for Corrections Officers, a community tree planting in Riverdale, MD, and Bike to Work Day.

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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.

May 26: Conversation on Setting Regional Transportation Priorities
June 3: United for Jobs: A Regional Forum on Careers in Health
June 9: COG Board of Directors
June 16:
Transportation Planning Board
June 23:
Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
June 23:
Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards

About COG

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