COG News - May 2013

Leaders Announce Landmark Regional Wastewater Agreement Which Serves Residents, Preserves Waterways, Supports Growth

Vincent Gray Bulova Leggett Area officials, including COG Board members Vincent Gray (District of Columbia Mayor), Sharon Bulova (Fairfax County Board Chairman), and Isiah Leggett (Montgomery County Executive), gathered together at the Council of Governments May Board meeting to discuss a new agreement to jointly support the world’s largest and most advanced wastewater treatment plant, Blue Plains in Washington, DC. The pact ensures service for 2 million area residents and 18 million annual visitors, cleaner rivers and a healthier Chesapeake Bay, and also supports regional growth and development for the next 40 years. COG assisted in the development of the agreement and will support area leaders with its implementation. The Washington Post, NBC4, ABC7, WTOP, and several other media outlets covered the meeting.

Karen Young Highlights the Council of Governments' Work in Business Journal

Business JournalYoungBoard Chairwoman's May 3rd op-ed in the Washington Business Journal discussed the Council's ability to bring area leaders together and address key regional challenges such as growth and development, transportation, and water quality.


Actions by Area Governments, Service Providers Helping Reduce Homelessness

Homelessness ReportA new COG report, Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington: Results and Analysis from the 2013 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the Metropolitan Washington Region, shows homelessness in region decreased 2.4 percent from last year and 4 percent since 2009 thanks to a significant increase in the number of formerly homeless people in permanent supportive housing, shelter diversion and homeless prevention programs, and support from federal Rapid Re-Housing funds. The report notes that a lack of affordable housing and sequestration cuts threaten progress.

Bike to Work Day Breaks Regional Record

Bike to Work Day 2013Over 14,500 commuters participated in Friday's Bike to Work Day, the largest number since the first regional Bike to Work Day was held in the Washington metropolitan region in 2000. Attendance at the free event, coordinated by COG's Commuter Connections program and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) grew by 15 percent this year and included cyclists from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia promoting bicycling as a green commute option.

Partnerships Bring Cleaner, More Efficient Engines to Local Businesses

PepperThe Council of Governments worked with the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, Alexandria's Office of Environmental Quality, and the private sector to make several boats in metropolitan Washington cleaner through federal grants to reduce diesel emissions. “As an elected official in the City of Alexandria and a longstanding supporter of environmental protection, I was particularly pleased to see the Council of Governments partnering with a local small business to help make it more sustainable,” said Alexandria City Councilwoman Del Pepper.

Council of Governments, Local Agencies Honor 2013 Foster Parents of the Year

2013 Foster ParentsThe 2013 Foster Parents of the Year for metropolitan Washington are being honored this month for their commitment to their foster sons and daughters as well as to the children’s birth families. These foster parents know how to combine their love for children with a sense of how to develop partnerships which include the child’s entire family.

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 12: COG Board of Directors
June 19: Transportation Planning Board
June 21: Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee
June 26: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee

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