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COG Updates Strategic Plan Feb 15, 2005
The COG Board of Directors updated its Strategic Plan to serve as a guide to promote regionalism among COG's members and to provide a framework for the COG fiscal year work program and budget.
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Anthony Williams Addresses COG Board Feb 9, 2005

COG Vice Chair and D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams highlighted his goals for strengthening regionalism in the metropolitan Washington area at the February COG Board of Directors meeting.

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FAA Seeks Public Comments on Dulles Airport Projects Feb 8, 2005
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking comments from Fairfax County residents on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for two new runways and related improvements at Dulles Airport. The Fairfax County information meeting and public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at Stone Middle School from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m
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Penelope Gross Speaks at NARC Conference Feb 5, 2005

Penelope Gross, the area's representative on the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Board of Directors, spoke at this year's NARC Washington Policy Conference.  

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Reality Check Helps Leaders Deal With Area Growth Feb 2, 2005
Hundreds of area leaders came together for "Reality Check on Growth." Held at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the summit focused on a three-hour interactive planning scenario that brought together elected officials, business leaders, environmental experts and members of the region's affordable housing sector.
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Fall Ad Campaign Focuses on Recycling Nov 8, 2004
COG is launching a radio campaign to keep citizens informed about recycling options in the metropolitan area.
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Metro Funding Panel to Research Options for WMATA Oct 26, 2004
The Metro Funding Panel, created by the COG Board of Directors to study alternative sources of funding for the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, will hold its third meeting Tuesday, November 9. Read the press release or click here for more information on meeting dates and times.
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COG's Metro Funding Panel to Accept Public Comment Oct 18, 2004
COG's Metro Funding Panel will hold a public comment period at the start of its second meeting on October 19. The panel of 13 experts was created by COG, along with the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Federal City Council, to research funding options for the region’s public transit system.
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Annual Board Summer Planning Conference Focuses on Growth and Development Jul 30, 2004
Members of the COG Board came together for a weekend in July to discuss growth in metropolitan Washington. During its annual summer planning conference, the COG Board focused on how to handle the rapid growth of jobs and population expected by 2030.
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Greenbelt Introduces "Fast Fill" Natural Gas Pump Jul 29, 2004

The City of Greenbelt held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new “fast fill” compressed natural gas facility. The new pump will fill a vehicle in the same amount of time as a regular gas pump, compared with 8-12 hours required for the city's older "slow fill" pump.

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New RECP Summary Available Online Jul 8, 2004
A new summary of COG’s Regional Emergency Coordination Plan (RECP) is now available online. “Partners in Preparedness” is an overview of COG’s work from October 2001 through September 2003.
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Region Pays Tribute To Foster Parents May 1, 2004

COG and the Freddie Mac Foundation honored hundreds of foster parents from the metropolitan Washington region during its second annual gala tribute to Foster Parent Appreciation Month in May. The event was an opportunity for elected officials to thank the many people who open their homes and give of their hearts to help children grow, achieve and become good citizens.

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May 7 is Annual Bike to Work Day Apr 26, 2004

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is partnering with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) to increase awareness of bicycling to work as a viable option for commuters through "Bike to Work Day."     

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COG Featured at Technology Showcase Apr 14, 2004
EPC Chair Bruce Williams and DHS Under Secretary Charles McQuearyNational Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council Chair Bruce Williams joined senior Congressional leaders, top Department of Homeland Security officials, and leading business executives at Equity International's Capitol Hill Homeland Security Technology Showcase.
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2003 COG Annual Report Available Online Apr 1, 2004

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's 2003 Annual Report is now available online free of charge. With sections devoted to work on the environment, regional homeland security, human services and transportation, the 17 page document details what puts COG  "At the Center of Change in Our Region."

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COG and Greater Washington Board of Trade Announce New Push to Reach 20% Telecommuting Goal for Region Feb 10, 2004
At a joint press conference, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Greater Washington Board of Trade (BOT) announced a new effort to encourage 50,000 more commuters to telecommute by 2005. The program, which is aimed at large employers and federal agencies includes free customized training programs and free trials at telecommuting or “telework” centers, marks the first time that public and private organizations in the metropolitan Washington area have come together to promote telecommuting.
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Manassas Park Becomes COG's 19th Member Jan 14, 2004
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Board of Directors has announced that the City of Manassas Park will take part in regional planning efforts this year along with 18 other member jurisdictions as a result of a vote at the organization’s Annual Meeting in December.
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COG Presents Awards to Regional Officials, Partners at Annual Meeting Dec 12, 2003
COG honored members of the region’s congressional delegation, several local elected officials, and a private sector partner yesterday at its 2003 annual meeting, attended by about 300 guests at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C.
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COG Installs 2004 Corporate Officers Dec 11, 2003
At its Annual Meeting held in December at the National Press Club, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) announced Corporate Officers for 2004. Robert Dorsey, a member of the Rockville City Council will serve as president; Penelope Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Kelvin Robinson, chief of staff for the District of Columbia, are vice presidents; and Michael Knapp from the Montgomery County Council is secretary/treasurer. 
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Higher Education Scholarship Program Receives Professional Development Award Dec 11, 2003
COG received the Mayor's Quality Partners Award for Professional Development at a ceremony held on December 9, 2003 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Executive Director David Robertson accepted the award on behalf of COG.
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Washington Area Housing Trust Fund Grants First Loan Nov 5, 2003
Earlier this fall, the Washington Area Housing Trust Fund approved its first loan. The Island Walk Cooperative, a 102-unit limited equity Section 8 cooperative in Reston, VA, has received $150,000 for predevelopment of the property.  Originally developed by Fairfax County in 1979, and controlled by its Board of Directors, the complex has seen substantial deterioration in recent years.
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Relieving Commuter Frustration One Car at a Time Oct 20, 2003
Commuter Connections, a free service offering alternative commuting options for the metropolitan region, has launched an aggressive mass marketing campaign to promote the use of mass transit, ridesharing, and telecommuting as alternatives to commuting alone by car.
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Greater Washington DC Region’s Best Workplaces for Commuters Jul 15, 2003
At the 2003 Commuter Connections Employer Awards, the Greater Washington DC Region’s Best Workplaces for Commuters Coalition recognized 76 employers placed on the first-ever regional Best Workplaces for Commuters list. The list spotlights employers that offer outstanding commuter benefits to employees, thereby cutting traffic and air pollution and improving health and quality of life for formerly stressed-out commuters.
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Who's Who in the Region Jul 9, 2003

The 2003 Metropolitan Washington Regional Directory is now available with current contact information for COG member jurisdictions and other regional organizations. Contact the Information Center for single and bulk orders. Order copies online or e-mail your request to: infocntr@mwcog.org.

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Partnership with Howard University to Bring New Teachers to Urban School Districts Jul 1, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and Howard University’s School of Education are sponsoring a federally funded initiative to provide 300 new teachers to public schools in the metropolitan Washington area by recruiting and training recent non- education track college graduates and mid-career professionals.
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Local Businesses Recognized for Promoting Alternative Commuting Programs Jun 26, 2003

At a ceremony held at the National Press Club, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., QED Consulting, LLC, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, all received COG’s 2003 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards for outstanding marketing, incentives, and telework programs.

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Commuter Connections to Unveil Redesigned InfoExpress Kiosk at Reeves Center in DC Jun 10, 2003
Commuter Connections, a network of commuter transportation agencies in the metropolitan Washington region coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), will unveil its newly redesigned InfoExpress Kiosks, which provide commuter information, such as transit schedules, real time traffic and weather details, maps and guides.
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New Committee Works Towards Resilience and Recovery for Washington Area Communities Jun 6, 2003
COG’s Human Services Policy Committee recently established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee (SAMH) to work on regional issues of mental health and substance abuse. The group will address both short-term concerns (the effects of terrorism and its threats) and long-term solutions (improving mental wellness and resiliency to changes).
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COG and Area Water Utilities to Launch First Regional Wise Water Use Campaign May 20 May 6, 2003
The drought of 2002 may soon be a fading memory, but the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), in partnership with area water utilities, is initiating the first regional campaign to promote year round wise water use. To encourage residents and businesses across the region to use water wisely, the partnership is using materials developed through the national “Water, Use It Wisely” program to demonstrate simple wise water use practices, which can be used in and around homes and businesses. Campaign media include broadcast, theater, and transit advertising and public service announcements, as well as public school education and community outreach efforts.
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A Gala Tribute to the Region's Foster Parents Apr 29, 2003

To honor the region’s foster parents this year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Freddie Mac Foundation, two of the sponsors of “Wednesday’s Child,” will jointly sponsor an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment for foster parents from throughout the region on Saturday, May 31.  The gala will be held from 7:00 P.M. until Midnight at the Grand Hyatt of Washington, D.C., 1000 H St. N.W.  The theme for the evening is “Foster Parents are a Work of Heart,” and it will include proclamations from public officials and gifts for the foster parents.

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2003 Washington Area Conference on Telework Focuses on Challenges and Opportunities Mar 26, 2003
Montgomery County, Maryland hosted the 2003 Washington Area Conference on Telework co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Telecommuting Advisory Council and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, General Services Administration, and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit. The half-day conference, "Better Work Through Telework: Increasing Profitability and Productivity in Today's Business Environment," took place recently at the Holiday Inn in Silver Spring, MD.
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COG Launches Newly Redesigned Web Site Mar 3, 2003

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, (COG), launched its newly redesigned Web site March 3.  The new Web site, www.mwcog.org, will allow easier access to information about COG programs and provide more resources to the site's users.

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Hill, Mendelson and Davis Lead COG’s 2003 Board of Directors Mar 3, 2003

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has elected Prince William County Supervisor Mary K. Hill to head its Board of Directors. District of Columbia Council Member Phil Mendelson and Greenbelt Mayor Judith (“J”) Davis will serve as vice chairs.

Mary K. Hill was elected to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in 1996, at which time she also became a member of COG's Board. In 1999, Hill became the first Prince William County representative to serve as president of COG. She served as vice president in 1997 and 1998. Hill also sits on the board of the National Association of Regional Councils.

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COG Executive Director to Join MedStar Health Dec 11, 2001
Michael Rogers, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for the last four and one half years, has accepted a position with MedStar Health, a company that owns several hospitals in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, as Executive Vice President for Corporate Services. He will be responsible for strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications, government affairs and fund development.
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