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COG Honors Local Individuals, Organizations for Animal Services Feb 25, 2005
Animal services professionals and volunteers were honored for their outstanding assistance to animals, animal owners and their communities during the 1st Annual COG Animal Services Awards.
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Davis, Fisette And Williams To Lead COG Board Of Directors In 2005 Jan 12, 2005
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today elected Greenbelt Mayor Judith (“J”) Davis to head its Board of Directors. Arlington County Board Member G.N. Jay Fisette and District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams will serve as vice chairs.
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COG Board Accepts Findings of Metro Funding Panel Jan 12, 2005
The COG Board of Directors today accepted the findings of the Blue Ribbon Metro Funding Panel and overwhelmingly approved a resolution to encourage its member jurisdictions to evaluate the panel’s report and work toward finding a solution to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) funding shortfall.
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Metro Panel Releases Final Report Jan 6, 2005
The Metro Funding Panel -- created by the COG Board of Directors to study alternative sources of funding for the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, today released a report detailing recommendations for alternative sources for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). Click here to download the report and key findings, or click "more" to read the press release.
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Region's Air Quality Shows Improvement Dec 15, 2004
Air quality in the National Capital Region shows improvement, based on an analysis completed by the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC). According to a new analysis, the air quality trends indicate that the region is likely to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) one-hour ozone standard by 2005.
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New Data Shows Increases in Commuting Lengths, Frustration Dec 15, 2004
New data presented at today’s National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) meeting indicates an increase in one-way commuting distances over the past three years.
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Inclusiveness Key to Economic Vitality of DC Region Dec 8, 2004
At the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) 2004 Annual Meeting, economic development expert Richard Florida told an audience of regional elected officials and specials guests that the future of the Washington region depends on attracting and retaining the most diverse population of workers possible.
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Bruce Williams, Stargazer Win COG Regional Awards Dec 8, 2004
During the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) 2004 Annual Meeting at the National Press Club, COG awarded Takoma Park Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Williams with the 2004 Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award for his dedicated regional leadership.

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New Report Cites Continued Increase in Drunk Driving in Washington-Metro Area Nov 22, 2004
Alcohol-related traffic fatalities, injuries and crashes are all on the rise in the Washington-metropolitan area according to a preliminary report released by the non-profit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).
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Transportation Planning Board Gives Green Light To Intercounty Connector (ICC) Nov 17, 2004

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) today endorsed regional transportation plans that include the Intercounty Connector (ICC). 

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Clean Air Partners Announces 2004 Award Winners Nov 5, 2004
During its annual meeting, Clean Air Partners honored outstanding employers and individuals in the Baltimore-Washington region such as Prince George County and Montgomery County for their clean air initiatives and their participation in the Air Quality Action Days program.
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Disability Awareness Day Stresses Transportation Needs of People with Disabilities Oct 20, 2004
Members of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) joined people with disabilities from across metropolitan Washington and members of the media to raise awareness about the important role accessible transportation plays in getting people with disabilities to work. 

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Business Leaders and Elected Officials Urge More Organizations to Telework Oct 12, 2004

At the Senior Executive's Forum on Telework in Tysons Corner, area business leaders and elected officials urged their peers to embrace telework, tying their enthusiasm to personal experience and newly-released figures from the 2004 State of the Commute survey. 

 

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Panel Appointed to Study WMATA Funding Sep 30, 2004
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, along with the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Federal City Council, appointed 13 experts to serve on a panel established to research funding options for the region’s public transit system.
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Summit Brings Region Together To Promote Collaboration In Combating Local Gangs Sep 29, 2004
A diverse group of about 500 people dedicated to combating gang activity participated in a Regional Gang Summit organized by COG and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Arlington County Police Department, and COX Communications.
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Emergency Preparedness Events Planned Throughout The Region Sep 9, 2004

Local governments and organizations across the National Capital Region will sponsor community events and distribute information on preparing for emergencies to mark September as National Preparedness Month.

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New Panel To Study WMATA Funding Sep 8, 2004
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments today approved creation of a panel of experts to recommend alternative sources of funding to help meet a looming shortfall faced by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
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Regional Telecommuting Numbers Released Jul 22, 2004
Telecommuting numbers released by the Commuter Connections program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) reveal that regional telecommuting numbers showed a steady increase from 2001 to 2004. 

 

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COG Reports On Region's Economic Trends and Commercial Construction Indicators Jul 14, 2004
COG's annual Economic Trends in Metropolitan Washington and Commercial Construction Indicators reveal significant growth in regional jobs and home sales, as well as a significant increase in the amount of new retail building space under construction.
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COG Board Members Elected to National and State Associations Jul 6, 2004

Last week, COG Board Vice President Penelope Gross was elected to the National Association of Regional Councils Board and COG Vice Chair Judith ("J") Davis was re-elected to the Maryland Municipal League Board.

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Area Businesses Honored at Seventh Annual Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards Jun 24, 2004
For the past seven years, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has been honoring employers for voluntarily initiating and promoting alternative commuter programs.
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Survey Measures Regional Homelessness in 2004 Jun 9, 2004

A new report approved by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors reveals a slight increase in the number of area residents who are chronically homeless, and establishes new methods for providing better data and tracking solutions for homelessness in the region.

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Washington Area Housing Partnership Releases Report on Rental Costs May 14, 2004

More than half of the region’s workforce cannot afford to pay the average rental price for apartments or homes in metropolitan Washington, according to a new report by the Washington Area Housing Partnership (WAHP). 

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Thousands of Area Cyclists Band Together to Promote Bike to Work Day May 7, 2004

An estimated 4,400 residents of the National Capital Region participated in “Bike to Work Day” to promote a healthy and environmentally-friendly commuting alternative that reduces road congestion.  The event drew 1,400 more riders than it did last year. 

 

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Transportation Planning Board Votes to Include ICC in Region's Transportation Air Quality Analysis Apr 21, 2004

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to include Maryland’s Intercounty Connector (ICC) this year when it evaluates how the region’s transportation plan will affect the area’s air quality. Officials from jurisdictions around the region took a position on moving Maryland’s ICC forward in the planning process. 

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MWAQC Prepares to Submit Regional Air Quality Plan to EPA Feb 19, 2004

The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) approved its revised air quality plan, paving the way for state air agencies to submit the plan to the Environmental Protection Agency for approval. The move followed a 30-day period for public comment that ended in January.

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New Analysis By Transportation Planning Board Outlines Critical Funding Needs Feb 18, 2004

The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) has developed a comprehensive summary of transportation needs for the next six years. The Board is working to coordinate efforts at the federal, state, regional and local levels to help prepare roadways and transit systems for projected growth of more than 30 % over the next 25 years.

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New COG Board Officers Ready to Lead the Region Jan 14, 2004
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has elected District of Columbia Council Member Phil Mendelson to head its Board of Directors. Greenbelt Mayor Judith (“J”) Davis and Arlington County Board Member G.N. Jay Fisette will serve as vice chairs.
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Regional Transportation Officials Report Progress on Traffic Signal Coordination Dec 17, 2003
The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today announced significant progress in improving traffic signal timing in the Washington region through a process known as Traffic Signal Optimization.
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MWAQC Releases Revised Air Quality Plan for Public Comment Dec 17, 2003

The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) has released its revised regional air quality plan for public comment. Beginning December 20, 2003 through January 22, 2004, the public will be able to view and to comment on the air quality plan to the state air agencies and online.

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COG Honors Members of Congress for Outstanding Leadership Dec 12, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG), at its  2003 Annual Meeting, honored members of the region’s congressional delegation for their outstanding support of local homeland security initiatives.
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Regional Officials Hill, Gross Awarded for Outstanding Leadership Dec 12, 2003
Penelope Gross, Fairfax County supervisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), and Mary K. Hill, Prince William County Supervisor and COG Board Chair, were honored during COG’s 2003 Annual Meeting for their distinguished service and commitment to regionalism.
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COG Awards Freddie Mac Foundation for Leadership Dec 12, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) honored the Freddie Mac Foundation during its 2003 Annual Meeting for its devotion to caring for the region’s hundreds of children in foster care.
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Local Law Enforcement Officers Awarded For Innovative Training Oct 29, 2003
The Police Chiefs Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today presented awards to local law enforcement officials for their outstanding leadership in pioneering innovative training techniques.
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Let's Talk Telework Luncheon Oct 17, 2003
Telework Luncheon, sponsored by the City of Alexandria
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Transportation Planning Board Votes To Fund ICC Assessment Oct 15, 2003
Metropolitan Washington’s regional transportation planning agency today voted to move forward with long-debated plans to connect two of the region’s most traveled highways.
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Rockville Council Member Robert Dorsey Assumes Role as COG President Pro Tem Sep 15, 2003
Rockville Councilmember Bob Dorsey has become president pro tem of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments effective Sept. 12.  Dorsey, who had served as vice president, succeeds John Koskinen, who stepped down from his role as COG president upon leaving his post as the District of Columbia’s deputy mayor and city administrator.
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Weinberg Foundation Awards $120,000 to COG Sep 12, 2003
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation of Maryland has awarded $120,000 to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to support the Potomac Regional Education Partnership (PREP).
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Regional Health Officials Release Updated West Nile Virus Response Plan for the National Capital Region Sep 3, 2003
Health officials in the National Capital Region recently approved a plan for coordinating West Nile virus (WNV) response. The plan is available on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) website at http://www.mwcog.org/services/health/westnileinfo/.  The plan’s release coincides with the seasonal increase in positive WNV reports (mosquito pools, horses, birds, and humans), and the increased need for cooperative mosquito control efforts by public health officials and the public at large.
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MWAQC Approves Regional Air Quality Plan Aug 13, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC), the regional air quality planning committee in the Washington, DC-MD-VA nonattainment area, recently approved a regional plan that it will submit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a step toward complying with federal clean air standards.
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COG to Co-Sponsor Advanced Technologies and Fuels Expo Jul 21, 2003

First Annual Clean Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Expo: Setting the Direction for Advanced Technologies and Fuels in the Washington-Baltimore Region, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) and the Maryland Energy Administration’s Clean Cities Programs.

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COG to Hold Public Meetings on Helicopter Study Plans Jul 10, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) will sponsor public meetings on July 30 and 31 to gain a better understanding of helicopter noise issues in the community.  These meetings will gather specific data about helicopter noise, including identifying the location of noise effects and helicopter activity by use and type, and solicit comments from the general public.
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Council of Governments Partners with Howard University to Recruit Teachers for Urban School Districts Jul 1, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and Howard University’s School of Education will sponsor 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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COG Awards Local Businesses for Instituting Voluntary Alternative Commuting Programs Jun 26, 2003
For the past six years, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has been honoring local businesses for initiating and promoting alternative commuter programs. 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. First introduced to the area in February 1998, the new kiosks will be inaugurated at the Reeves Center in the District, and then deployed to nine other sites including: Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Tysons Corner, Fair Oaks Mall, Springfield Mall, Reston Town Center, Wal-Mart in Woodbridge, Va., the USDA in Alexandria, and the Pentagon.
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COG Offers Free Continuity of Operations Software for Small Businesses New Tool Aids in Disaster Plan Development Jun 9, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has announced the availability of free continuity planning software for small businesses. 
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Transportation Planning Board Leads First Regional Discussion on Value Pricing Strategies for Combatting Urban Congestion Jun 4, 2003
WASHINGTON – The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Departments of Transportation, today held the region’s first major public conference on providing more transportation options through innovative pricing strategies. The one-day conference, “Value Pricing for Transportation in the Washington Region” brought together local elected officials, business and community leaders, and transportation officials to examine pricing strategies being implemented in some U.S. and international locations and under consideration in others, including the Washington region.
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Airports Authority/Council of Governments to Hold Public Meetings on Reagan National Airport Noise Study Jun 2, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) invite the public to attend two public meetings on a current noise study being conducted for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The purpose of these meetings is to advise the community of the scope of the study and to explain the process for submitting recommendations and suggestions regarding regional aircraft noise.
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Area Companies Benefit from Virginia Telework Program May 30, 2003
WASHINGTON - Then-Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore signed into law on May 31, 2001 a groundbreaking public-private partnership to get cars off the road in areas of the state hardest hit by traffic congestion. Nearly two years later, companies who participated in the program are finding other benefits to the programs they put in place.
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COG and Freddie Mac to Honor Outstanding Area Foster Parents at May 31 Gala May 29, 2003
Nearly 6,000 children are in foster care on any given day in the metropolitan Washington area. Foster parents are loving people who give their hearts and homes to children. In honor of the region’s foster parents, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Freddie Mac Foundation (sponsors of the “Wednesday’s Child” adoption program) are presenting a gala evening of awards, dinner, and entertainment to recognize those persons who provide nurturing and guidance to children in need.
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COG and Redskins Promote Reading for Children May 29, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) will kick off its annual summer reading program with the Washington Redskins for the fourth consecutive year.  Several players, including quarterback Gibran Hamdan and wide receiver Darnerien McCants, will read to children from Old Bridge Elementary  School at the Chinn Park Regional Library in Prince William, Virginia.
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COG and Area Water Utilities Launch Wise Water Use Campaign May 20, 2003
WASHINGTON -- The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), in partnership with area water utilities, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency today launched the first regional campaign to promote year round wise water use.
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COG One-Day Survey Finds More Homeless Families in Region May 14, 2003
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) third annual count of the region’s homeless population on a single day indicated an increase in homelessness among families with children, but suggested only a slight increase overall in the size of the homeless population within the region.
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Commuter Connections Offers Free Employer Telework Seminars May 13, 2003
According to a 2001 survey by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), 15 percent of the workforce in the Washington region telework at least one day per week, up from 12 percent in 1998. To assist local businesses and government agencies in establishing telecommuting programs, COG’s Commuter Connections is presenting a series of free one-day seminars. Topics address such issues as understanding telework as a business strategy, overcoming resistance and barriers to implementing a program, managing employees in a telework environment, and others.
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Annual Bike to Work Day Shifts Commuting Focus from Four Wheels to Two May 1, 2003
Bicycle commuting can benefit both employees and employers by improving employee health and fitness, lowering commuting, parking and health care costs, and increasing productivity. To help promote the idea of bicycle commuting, Commuter Connections, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are hosting the annual “Bike to Work Day” on May 2. This year’s celebration will feature 15 pit stops throughout the metropolitan Washington region. Over 3,000 bicyclists are expected to participate, with many of those converging on Freedom Plaza in the District of Columbia to celebrate and hear local elected officials and other special guests tout the importance of cycling.
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Agreement to Assist Small Firms Entering Local Contracting Market Announced at MAXACCESS/DC PROBIZ Conference Apr 30, 2003
The region’s small, minority-owned companies will have additional help in becoming local government contractors and securing business financing as a result of a cooperative agreement between the National Capital Minority Business Opportunity Committee and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).
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COG Regional Emergency Coordination Plan Receives Unanimous Endorsement from Area Local Governments Apr 28, 2003

The 18 member jurisdictions of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), in a major step that strengthens homeland security preparedness in the National Capital Region, last week officially agreed to use, maintain and participate in the Regional Emergency Coordination Plan (RECP) developed through COG by signing a memorandum of understanding

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COG Board Selects David Robertson as Executive Director After Nationwide Search Apr 10, 2003
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) yesterday selected David J. Robertson, a COG senior manager and its interim executive director, as the organization's executive director after an extensive nationwide search. The Board voted unanimously to name Robertson to the position.
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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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Hill, Mendelson and Davis to Lead COG Board of Directors in 2003 Jan 9, 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.
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Transportation Planning Board Announces New Regional Traveler Information Web Page Dec 18, 2002

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today introduced a new traveler information page on the COG Web site. Users should visit www.mwcog.org/traveler.

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Regional Health Officials Respond to President's Smallpox Vaccine Plan Dec 16, 2002
Health officials across the metropolitan Washington region have developed strategies to implement the president's announced smallpox vaccination plan.  Lynn Frank, chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (COG) Health Officials Committee, said, "The responsibility that falls on us is daunting.  However, we will be ready to put the president's plan into action."  The financial burden has yet to be determined.
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The Catholic University of America to Offer Masters Program to Employees of COG Members at Reduced Tuition Rate Dec 4, 2002
Under a new agreement between the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and The Catholic University of America, employees of the public libraries of COG member jurisdictions can be admitted to CUA's Master of Science in Library Science program at a reduced tuition rate.
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