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COG News - October 2011

Nominate Outstanding Leaders, Organizations for COG Annual Awards

2011 COG Annual LuncheonCOG will soon mail invitations for its Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon on December 14 at the Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC. During the luncheon, COG celebrates the year's accomplishments, so it is calling on its members to nominate outstanding regional leaders and organizations. COG is seeking nominations for its Scull Award, which is presented annually to an area elected official, and its Regional Partnership Award for a private or nonprofit organization that contributed significantly in support of a COG program or policy. To submit a nomination, click here. To register for the event, click here.

COG Board Focuses on Airports Authority, Metropolitan Business Planning

AirportsAt its October meeting, the COG Board of Directors received a presentation from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board Chairman Charles Snelling on legislation pending in Congress that would restructure the MWAA Board by adding representatives from Virginia. Following the briefing, the COG Board voted to oppose H.R. 1824 and notified the region's Congressional delegation of its action. It based this action on the need to maintain the careful balance of jurisdictional and federal representation on the MWAA Board as well as the need for input from local elected officials before any significant shift in governance is considered. The COG Board did criticize MWAA for unresponsiveness to area officials and will ask for an update on progress in responding to these concerns in early 2012. The COG Board also approved a resolution to establish a Metropolitan Business Plan Task Force, which will identify partnerships, roles, resources and benefits required to successfully launch a Metropolitan Business Plan initiative in the region in 2012.

Washingtonian Features COG and Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby

Ron KirbyIn the November 2011 issue of Washingtonian magazine, COG Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby discusses COG/TPB transportation planning work, including the region's long-range transportation plan, scenarios, and study of public attitudes on road pricing.  To view the feature story, click here.  (file is 9 MB)

'Give to the Max' in Greater Washington on November 9

Give to the MaxCOG is a Community Partner supporting Give to the Max Day, a one-day fundraising event on November 9, 2011 that will unite local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC communities to support nonprofits serving the area. The goal is to get thousands of local residents to support their favorite regional charity, raising millions in donations and grants in just 24 hours. For more information, click here. 

Social Media Updates

Region ForwardCOG held a special Stormwater Webinar on October 14 on challenges facing local government stormwater programs and provided local examples of how various governments in the region are meeting those challenges. The webinar was covered in a Region Forward blog, which includes links to materials from the webinar.

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.

November 9: COG Board of Directors
November 16: Transportation Planning Board

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