Durham Extreme Makeover: Government Forms Edition

As Triangle J Council of Governments counts down to the kick-off of the Innovation Sandbox Series on Recruitment and Retention of Law Enforcement in January 2019, we wanted to take an opportunity to highlight the innovation that is already happening in our member communities. First up... the City of Durham and Durham County. Check out …

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Moving forward after Triangle J COG's Regional Summit. It’s been two months since our Regional Summit occurred in Clayton and I am still beyond thankful for the tremendous turnout and feedback we got from attendees. It was obvious that the theme of “Connecting our Rural and Urban Communities” truly resonated with our member governments and …

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Jordan Lake One Water Association: A New Kind of Collaboration

The Jordan Lake watershed is a massive regional resource utilized by 10 counties, 27 municipalities and nearly 700 water customers (see Figure below), and is continuing to be more populous every day. As challenges with water quality and water supply increase from growing populations, it is imperative that water resources dialogue span across jurisdictional bounds.


Advocate, Mediator, and Everything In Between: Long-Term Care Ombudsmen

Triangle J Council of Governments provides a number of different programs and services that benefit our member governments and communities in the Triangle J region. One of the core services of all councils of government in North Carolina is that they house the Area Agency on Aging for each region. A significant program within the …

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Survey Says: There is Interest in Alternatives to Driving Alone, but Barriers Remain

Every other year TJCOG conducts a major employer survey aimed at exploring the habits and attitudes of commuters across the Triangle region. This survey is part of our Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program, which aims to reduce reliance on single-occupancy vehicles by supporting and encouraging carpooling, public transit, biking, walking, and teleworking. The results illustrate that we are indeed making some progress towards diversifying our travel behavior, however, there is still much opportunity to make important gains moving forward.


Integrated Water Management in the Burgeoning Triangle Region

Today's guest blogger, Jen Schmitz, recently joined the TJCOG team as a Principal Planner with our Water Resources program, focusing on water quality, water supply, and long-term regional water availability projects. She is excited to provide technical assistance and support to our local governments on collaborative water resource management and planning. We are happy to have her onboard! …

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Let’s Talk Community Livability

The Triangle J Council of Governments region is facing the prospect for continued significant growth. Projections indicate that our region increase by another 1 million residents during the next generation.  Equally significant is how our regional demographics will change over this time period, particularly the growth of older adults. In 2014, our region had 241,835 residents …

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Kidonomics and the Triangle J Region

On Tuesday, February 7, I had the great privilege to serve on a panel discussion as part of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) Kidonomics Forum. The event was held at the Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The full agenda for the day, including significant background information, can be found on the IEI’s …

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Recognizing Our Best Workplaces for Commuters

One of our outstanding TJCOG employees, Mary Sell, has taken over my blog this week to write about our Best Workplace for Commuters (BWC) program. Mary has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy & Planning from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a B.A in International Relations from Michigan State University. Prior to working at TJCOG, …

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Honoring Our Board of Delegates

The TJCOG Board of Delegates is our organization's governing entity. The Board is made up of one elected official from each member government’s governing board (their Commission or Council). In total, the board comprises 37 elected officials from across the region. (see list of delegates) In my year and a half here as Executive Director of …

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Affordable Housing in the Triangle

Last Tuesday, September 20, Triangle J Council of Governments partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the FDIC and Enterprise Community Partners to present the Triangle Regional Housing Summit. It was a great afternoon filled with discussions and panels from housing agencies, developers, elected officials, and members of the finance community from across the region. …

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