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COG News - November 2011

U.S. Senator Mark Warner to Deliver Keynote at COG Annual Luncheon

Mark WarnerU.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia will be delivering the keynote address at the COG Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on December 14 at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC. The luncheon is an opportunity for area elected officials and business, civic and nonprofit leaders in the region to come together to review the year's accomplishments and look ahead to future regional challenges. Invitations to the event were mailed earlier this month. If you received an invitation and would like to RSVP, click here.

Officials Release Report on Improving Region's Response to Emergencies

Incident Management ReportAt the November COG Board meeting, the Steering Committee on Incident Management and Response unveiled recommendations to promptly improve the region’s emergency response, including the creation of a Regional Incident Coordination (RIC) Program with highly trained, regionally focused staff to ensure that area officials better coordinate decisions before and during major incident. The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC-HSEMA) has offered to host and staff the RIC Program on an interim basis at its 24/7 Emergency Operations Center and will use federal homeland security grant funding available to the region. The Steering Committee, which was led by Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews, also made recommendations on key issues such as employee release decisions, communication with the public, and backup power for traffic signals and critical facilities. The Committee was created by COG in the wake of the January 26 snow/ice storm, which triggered widespread and many hours-long traffic gridlock and power outages that impacted thousands of residents. To view the report, click here. For a Washington Post op-ed by Phil Andrews, click here. For a News Channel 8 story on the meeting and the report, click here.

COG Seeks Your Input on Website

Input Needed for WebsiteIn the coming year, COG will begin the process of redesigning its principal web site,, and we need your input to help us shape a dynamic final product, which is easy to navigate and where information readily accessible.  COG staff has prepared a short survey that should take participants only a few minutes to answer questions and share feedback.  We’ll be collecting feedback for one month, until December 16.  To take the survey, click here.

Report Shows Residents Waiting Longer to Replace Vehicles

The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) released results of a report on the D.C. region's vehicle fleet. Two key findings show that the average age of vehicles in the region is increasing and that the trend in favor of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) has reversed quickly and significantly. This data is used by the TPB to conduct its transportation-related air quality and greenhouse gas emissions forecasts. To view the report, click here. For a Washington Post article on the study, click here.

Social Media Updates

Region ForwardRegion Forward's blog, The Yardstick, has featured several contributions from area leaders and experts this month. Carol Thompson Cole of Venture Philanthropy Partners discussed investing in the health and education of our region's children. Lisa Sturtevant and Stephen Fuller of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis discuss the trade offs between housing and transportation and the keys to ensuring the region’s future economic vitality. And Tamara Lucas Copeland of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers discussed Give to the Max Day, which COG supported as a Community Partner. Give to the Max raised over $2 million for nonprofits in Greater Washington.

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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December 9: Regional HIV/AIDS Forum 2011
December 14: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
December 14:
COG Annual Luncheon
December 21: Transportation Planning Board

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. To be added to the Metro Memo subscription list or make changes to your subscription, please contact Steve Kania.
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