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COG News - November 2010

Post's Robert McCartney to Deliver Keynote at COG Annual Meeting

WE CANBe sure to RSVP for the COG Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on December 8 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. This year's theme is "One Region. Moving Forward." It highlights Region Forward, a new vision for building an accessible, sustainable, prosperous and livable region, which was endorsed by COG and all 21 of its member governments earlier this year. Metro Columnist Robert McCartney of The Washington Post will deliver the keynote address and COG will present its annual leadership and partnership awards. To RSVP for the event, click here.

Task Force Recommends Major Changes to WMATA Governance

Frank PrincipiOn November 17, the Joint WMATA Governance Review Task Force released its report, Moving Metro Forward, during a press conference at COG. The Task Force found that the governance structure that may have been appropriate for WMATA to build a new transit system in the 1960s is not appropriate to operate today’s mature system. “A high-performing, sustainable, and safe transit system is essential to our residents and regional economy. Millions of riders rely on Metro – from employees of our businesses to federal government workers to tourists. We must ensure confidence in the Metro system,” said COG Chair and Task Force Co-Chair Kwame Brown. The Task Force proposed fundamental changes to be carried out by WMATA's Signatories, Appointing Authorities, and Board to improve accountability at WMATA and ensure Metro's success in the coming decades. The Task Force, which was sponsored by COG and the Board of Trade, met 16 times between June and October. It received input from dozens of area leaders, industry experts, and stakeholders and reviewed governance arrangements at WMATA and other transit and public sector organizations. To read the report, Moving Metro Forward, click here. To view news reports and editorials on the Task Force and its report, click here.

COG Launches New Region Forward© Web Site

COG has officially launched its Region Forward web site. The site features The Yardstick, a new blog covering a wide-range of topics related to Region Forward's goals and targets. Recent guest postings include a blog by COG Chair Kwame Brown on workforce development and a short video by Washington Grantmakers Tamara Copeland on philanthropy's role in advancing Region Forward. In the month leading up to its Annual Meeting, COG has also been advertising the site at Metro stations and in local newspapers and asking area residents to pledge their support to the initiative. The web site is the first of several steps identified in Region Forward that COG staff is implementing. To visit the site and join the regional conversation, click here.

COG Receives EPA Assistance to Plan for Climate Change Adaptation

On October 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that metropolitan Washington is one of eight regions nationwide that will receive technical assistance from the agency to promote sustainable growth and increase regional resilience to climate related risks. COG submitted the winning project, which was based on Region Forward and the National Capital Region Climate Change Report. “Now that all 21 of COG’s member governments have endorsed Region Forward, it’s time to implement the plan. The challenges posed by climate change demand that we develop adaptation strategies that will ensure the sustainability of our region,” said Arlington County Chairman Jay Fisette, who also serves as Chairman of COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee. To view the EPA Smart Growth Program page, click here.  

Social Media Updates

The COG PodcastFacebookListen to The COG Podcast for a series on Adoption and Foster Care featuring interviews with Renette Oklewicz of the Freddie Mac Foundation's, Gerson Paniagua of Arlington County (who also Chairs COG's Foster Care Committee) and Kamilah Bunn of COG.

Episodes of 'The COG Podcast' are available on COG's web site and Facebook page. For The COG Podcast page, click here. For The COG Facebook page, click here.

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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November 30 - December 4: National League of Cities Annual Congress of Cities
December 8: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
December 8:
COG Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
December 15: Transportation Planning Board

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