Loudoun County Dulles District Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau has been elected Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors for 2018, becoming the first person from Loudoun County to chair the COG board since 1983.
“I am honored to have been elected Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors,” said Letourneau. “My role as COG Chairman is a reflection of Loudoun’s increased importance within the Metro DC region. COG is a unique institution that provides an important forum to address regional issues, from Metro's ongoing challenges to shared public safety resources. I look forward to this opportunity and have a robust agenda planned for 2018.”
COG is an independent, nonprofit association, with a membership of 300 elected officials from 24 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures and U.S. Congress. COG is the region's designated Metropolitan Planning Organization with responsibility for air quality, federal grants, regional public safety issues and overall cooperation and communication. The Board of Directors is COG’s governing body and is responsible for its overall policies, functions and funds. Letourneau has served on the COG Board since 2012, including as vice chairman. He also served as COG Corporate President in 2014.
Letourneau intends to launch several initiatives as COG Chairman, including TIME (Traffic Incident Management Enhancement), which would improve the region’s ability to respond to traffic incidents to ensure the mobility, safety and reliability of the regional transportation system. He also intends to focus on ongoing Metro issues as well as exploring safety and security in public buildings. More information about COG is posted at www.mwcog.org.
Letourneau was elected to represent the Dulles District on the Board of Supervisors in November 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He serves as chair of the Board’s Finance/Government Operations and Economic Development Committee. In addition to serving on the COG Board, he is the newly-elected vice chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission for 2018 and also represents Loudoun County on the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission and the Dulles Area Transportation Association. More information about the Board is posted at www.loudoun.gov/bos.
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