Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
|Motto||One Region Moving Forward|
|Type||Council of Governments|
|Headquarters||777 N. Capitol Street NE|
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) is an independent, nonprofit association where area leaders address regional issues affecting the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. The Council of Governments comprises 22 local governments in the Washington metropolitan area, as well as area members of the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. About 300 local, state and federal elected officials make up its membership. It was founded in 1957.
Vision, Mission, and Functions
Vision: "Region Forward is our vision. It's a commitment by MWCOG and its member governments, who together seek to create a more accessible, sustainable, prosperous, and livable metropolitan Washington."
Mission: "Our mission is to make Region Forward happen by being a discussion forum, expert resource, issue advocate, and catalyst for action."
The Council of Governments works on issues of regional significance, including transportation, the environment, land use planning and housing, and public safety and health. Policies are set through the Board of Directors, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC). These bodies are the organization's three main boards and they are responsible for a broad range of issues under the MWCOG umbrella.
Other key boards and policy committees at MWCOG include the Region Forward Coalition, the Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee, the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee, and the Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee. The Council of Governments' top priority is advancing the Region Forward vision through the work of its Board of Directors, policy boards, committees, and the following programs.
MWCOG has provided leadership in supporting the development of key transportation facilities in the region, in particular the Washington Metro subway system and Washington Dulles International Airport. The council's transportation planning program promotes a well-managed and maintained regional system with a broad range of transportation choices. It supports the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the metropolitan Washington area. The TPB is responsible for ensuring state and federal approval of funding for transportation projects. The TPB became associated with the Council of Governments in 1966. TPB data informs officials on subjects like regional travel patterns and highway and transit performance. Recent projects include identifying regional transportation priorities and funding strategies, improving access for people with disabilities, and better coordinating transportation and land use decisions.
Clean water, air, and land and a smaller carbon footprint are priorities of MWCOG's environmental programs. Through the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, which is the entity certified by the mayor of Washington, D.C. and the governors of Maryland and Virginia to prepare an air quality plan for the Washington Metropolitan Area under Section 174 of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, officials prepare clean air plans. These plans have led to steady improvement in regional air quality. The Council supports ongoing efforts to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay, the Anacostia River, and other local waterways as well as wastewater and stormwater planning, and water supply protection. MWCOG is also guiding the regional effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting alternative energy sources, energy conservation, and green building and fleet policies.
Planning & Housing
MWCOG's Community Planning and Services program promotes a strong economy, sustainable growth, and housing options for all residents. The Council of Governments offers strategies for more development in the region's mixed-use Activity Centers and provides the region with population, employment, and housing forecasts, and data on area industries and labor, affordable housing, and homelessness. MWCOG also regularly measures progress towards the goals of "Region Forward," a long-term sustainability planning process that was initiated in 2008.
Public Safety & Health
Safe and healthy communities are the focus of the Council of Governments' public safety and health program. MWCOG brings together area officials, emergency planners, and first responders to improve homeland security and emergency preparedness. The Council also provides regional crime reports and convenes conferences on timely topics such as preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, gangs, and childhood obesity.
|District of Columbia||Washington, D.C.||632,323|
|Town of Bladensburg||Maryland||9,233|
|City of Bowie||Maryland||55,232|
|City of Gaithersburg||Maryland||61,045|
|Prince George's County||Maryland||871,233|
|City of College Park||Maryland||30,587|
|City of Greenbelt||Maryland||23,281|
|City of Rockville||Maryland||62,334|
|City of Takoma Park||Maryland||17,021|
|City of Frederick||Maryland||66,169|
|City of Alexandria||Virginia||144,301|
|City of Fairfax||Virginia||22,565|
|City of Falls Church||Virginia||12,751|
|Prince William County||Virginia||402,002|
|City of Manassas||Virginia||37,821|
|City of Manassas Park||Virginia||14,273|
2013 Board of Directors Leadership
|Council of Governments Chairwoman Karen Young||Frederick, Maryland Board of Aldermen (President Pro Tem)|
|Council of Governments Vice Chair Phil Mendelson||District of Columbia Council (Chairman)|
|Council of Governments Vice Chair Bill Euille||City of Alexandria Mayor|
|Council of Governments Board of Directors Chairmen|
|1957–61||Robert F. McLaughlin||District of Columbia|
|1962||Charles R. Fenwick||Virginia General Assembly|
|1962||Brig. Gen. F. J. Clarke||District of Columbia|
|1963||Anne A. Wilkins||Fairfax County|
|1964||Roye L. Lowry||Arlington County|
|1965||Brig. Gen. C. M. Duke||District of Columbia|
|1966–67||Achilles M. Tuchtan||Rockville|
|1968||Frederick A. Babson||Fairfax County|
|1969||Francis B. Francois, Jr.||Prince George's County|
|1970||Joseph L. Fisher||Arlington County|
|1971||Gilbert Hahn, Jr.||District of Columbia|
|1972–73||Martha V. Pennino||Fairfax County|
|1974–75||Sterling Tucker||District of Columbia|
|1976||Francis B. Francois, Jr.||Prince George's County|
|1977||Harold L. Miller||Falls Church|
|1978–79||Arrington L. Dixon||District of Columbia|
|1980–81||Elizabeth L. Scull||Montgomery County|
|1981–83||Carl F. Hendrickson||Loudoun County|
|1984–85||H.R. Crawford||District of Columbia|
|1988–89||Ellen M. Bozman||Arlington County|
|1990||Betty Ann Kane||District of Columbia|
|1991||James E. Nathanson||District of Columbia|
|1992–93||Hilda Pemberton||Prince George's County|
|1994||Patricia S. Ticer||Alexandria|
|1995||Jack Evans||District of Columbia|
|1996||William E. Hanna, Jr.||Montgomery County|
|1997||Robert B. Dix, Jr.||Fairfax County|
|1998||Charlene Drew Jarvis||District of Columbia|
|1999||M.H. Jim Estepp||Prince George's County|
|2000||Gerald E. Connolly||Fairfax County|
|2001||Carol Schwartz||District of Columbia|
|2002||Bruce R. Williams||Takoma Park|
|2003||Mary K. Hill||Prince William County|
|2005||Judith F. Davis||Greenbelt|
|2006||Jay Fisette||Arlington County|
|2007||Vincent C. Gray||District of Columbia|
|2008||Michael Knapp||Montgomery County|
|2009||Penny Gross||Fairfax County|
|2010||Kwame Brown||District of Columbia|
|2011||Andrea Harrison||Prince George's County|
|2012||Frank Principi||Prince William County|
|2013||Karen Young||City of Frederick|
- "A Regional Partnership". Washington Post. 2007-11-14. Editorial.
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Washington, DC. "About COG." Accessed 2013-02-17.
- MWCOG. "The Transportation Planning Board." Accessed 2011-07-31.
- MWCOG. "Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee - Description." Accessed 2011-07-31.
- Hyslop, Margie (2007-03-21). "Air-quality plan drafted by Council of Governments". The Gazette (Gaithersburg, MD).
- Shiau, Ellen (2002-02-27). "Area officials, residents watchful of water shortages". The Gazette (Gaithersburg, MD).
- Fahrenthold, David A. (2007-12-13). "Governments Are Urged to Build Greener". Washington Post.
- Lewis, Roger K. (2010-08-14). "Shaping the City: Overcoming the obstacles to regional cooperation". Washington Post.
- MWCOG. "About Region Forward." Accessed 2013-02-17.
- Washington, DC
- Bladensburg, Maryland
- Bowie, Maryland
- Charles County, Maryland
- Gaithersburg, Maryland
- Prince George's County, Maryland
- College Park, Maryland
- Greenbelt, Maryland
- Rockville, Maryland
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Takoma Park, Maryland
- Frederick County, Maryland
- Frederick, Maryland
- Alexandria, Virginia
- Fairfax County, Virginia
- Fairfax, Virginia
- Loudoun County, Virginia
- Arlington County, Virginia
- Falls Church
- Prince William County, Virginia
- Manassas, Virginia
- Manassas Park, Virginia