E-News November 2012by APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division on 12/04/12
Chuck Bean Appointed Director of Metro Washington Council of Governments
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announced Wednesday that Chuck Bean, president of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, will take over as its new executive director next month. The nonprofit council, whose 300 or so members include leaders from 22 Washington area jurisdictions, provides a forum to discuss regional issues, including transportation, air quality, emergency-response planning, and economic development.
With a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1989, Bean's work as president of the Roundtable has focused on community development, philanthropy, and advocacy. He has been very involved in COG programs over his 10 years with the Roundtable, including the Capital Area Foreclosure Network, which assists hundreds of families across the Washington region faced with losing their homes. Mr. Bean has also been a leader in emergency management and an active member of COG's Emergency Preparedness Council. In accepting the position as COG's new Executive Director, Mr. Bean indicated that he will focus sharply on COG's signature initiative, Region Forward, and also on its new Economy Forward program.
Outgoing Executive Director David Robertson has been COG's Executive Director for the last ten years. Educated as an urban and regional planner at the George Washington University, Mr. Robertson's landmark contribution to COG has been the development and adoption of Region Forward: A Comprehensive Guide for Regional Planning in the 21st Century. Prepared by the Greater Washington Coalition and approved by the COG Board of Directors on January 13, 2010, this policy plan developed Metropolitan Washington's long and near-term goals, objectives, and quantifiable performance measures for land use, housing, economic development, transportation, the environment, climate and energy, health, education, and public safety. Mr. Robertson has also been a member of the APA RIPD Division for nearly six years. As such, he has been a strong supporter of the Division's annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable, which brings together regional, state, and local planners to discuss interregional planning issues from Virginia Tidewater/Northern Virginia through Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.
Approved APA RIPD Budget for FY 2013
The APA RIPD FY 2013 budget that was unanimously approved by the Executive Board on November 20, 2012 has been posted to the Documents page. Included in next year's work plan is funding to improve the Division's website, proposed grants for regional planning educational efforts, and contribution to a proposed PAS report on best practices in regional planning.
Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans
This guide is intended for public health professionals as well as local government officials, transportation planners and others who want to engage in developing plans that promote better health and increasing access to opportunities for disadvantaged communities. The report was produced by TransForm, an organization based in the San Francisco Bay area, which "works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond." The report was prepared in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health. Download the report.