Recap - The Council of Governments and Regional Transportation

Posted Date: 
May 12, 2015

Guest Speakers: Chuck Bean, Executive Director, and Robert Griffiths, Director Technical Services, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Topic: The Council of Governments (COG) and Regional Transportation

May 12, 2015 Recap

Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, Gus Bauman, welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speakers Chuck Bean and Bob Griffiths to speak about the work of the COG.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments covers 22 jurisdictions from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. They focus on regional infrastructure including land use and transportation.  There is a separate organization which is a part of COG called the Transportation Planning Board.

Much of COG’s work focuses on regional economic competitiveness. This includes factors such as the transportation

Network, housing, and monitoring the federal presence.

As the spending of the federal government slows, the median household income in the region has fallen.  Therefore, it is imperative that we look to diversification.

COG has produced a number of reports including the 2015 State of the Regional Infrastructure, Place and Opportunity and a Regional Transportation Priorities Plan.  The reality is that our needs are growing at a faster pace than our funding is.  The reports can be found at http://www.mwcog.org/

According to COG, the first priority is to maintain the existing system.  There is a long range plan and federal funding can only go towards items that are in that plan.  Approximatley 75-90% of funding goes to maintaining existing systems.  We are constrained by the long range plan and need to accelerate what we already have here.

Mr. Bean noted that MCCC is an exemplary organization in our ability to pivot off of our strengths and make connections for our members to new B2B opportunities in industries such as the life sciences and cyber security.

Copies of the power point presentation are available upon request.

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