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COG News - November 2012

Board of Directors Names Chuck Bean COG’s New Executive Director

Chuck BeanAt its November meeting, the COG Board of Directors named Chuck Bean as its next executive director. Board members praised Bean’s long record of building regional partnerships, most recently as president of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, as well as his focus on preparedness and his role as a successful problem-solver. He will succeed David Robertson, who is stepping down from the post after 10 years. Bean said he will concentrate on COG’s signature initiative Region Forward, and the new Economy Forward program. “The Board is thrilled to have found an executive director who has demonstrated his leadership skills in metropolitan Washington by bringing together regional stakeholders and finding creative solutions to major problems during times of crisis,” said Frank Principi, COG’s Board Chair. Bean will officially assume the post on December 13 under a three-year contract. Read more about Bean’s selection in The Washington Post.

Alice Rivlin to Deliver COG Annual Meeting Keynote; David Robertson Farewell Reception will Immediately Follow

Alice RivlinBrookings' Alice Rivlin will deliver the keynote address at COG's Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on December 12 at the Marriott Metro Center. Rivlin will discuss sequestration, reduced federal spending, and the impact on state and local governments. COG's Corporate President, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, will discuss the critical need to grow and diversify our region’s economy. And COG Chair Frank Principi will highlight achievements from the past year. Immediately following the meeting, COG will be holding a Farewell Reception for David Robertson. There is still time to register for the events on COG's web site. Both events are invitation only.

9-1-1 Task Force Presents Draft Findings, Recommendations to Board

9-1-1The COG Board was briefed in November on a draft report on Verizon 9-1-1 service gaps during and following the June 29, 2012 Derecho storm. It was created by a special regional task force of 9-1-1 directors and other officials brought together by the Board. The report proposes several recommendations, such as encouraging Verizon and other 9-1-1 service providers to perform a comprehensive audit of the entire infrastructure, processes, and procedures that support 9-1-1 service and related systems. It also includes the status of pending actions by Verizon and regulatory agencies. After the briefing, the Board transmitted the report to member governments and other stakeholders for comment and further input. The report is expected to be completed early next year, once COG has received final input from federal and state regulators and responded to its members' feedback.

Report Details Region's Readiness for Electric Vehicles

Electric VehiclesMetropolitan Washington holds great potential for widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the future. Electric Vehicles in Metropolitan Washington, a new COG report, outlines the region’s present EV readiness and offers recommendations for overcoming some of the barriers to greater usage, including limited vehicle availability and underdeveloped charging infrastructure. EVs boast stronger environmental credibility than traditional and hybrid vehicles, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy ratings. They’re also much cheaper to operate – EVs cost approximately $0.04 per mile to operate, compared to $0.13 per mile for a traditional vehicle. EVs are also practical for much of the region’s population. Most vehicle trips in metro Washington are short, with an average trip length of less than eight miles.

Social Media Updates

The idea that metropolitan Washington should diversify its economy is not new, though the urgency behind the notion is at an all time high. Nearly half a million jobs are threatened by sequestration, while a combination of the country’s “fiscal cliff” and ongoing political gridlock jeopardize future growth. On the Region Forward blog, Frank Principi discussed COG’s plan to improve the region's economic competitiveness and prepare for reduced federal spending.

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.

December 12: COG Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon & Farewell Reception for David Robertson

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