Thinking differently about transportation, housing, community resilience or economic opportunity is hard, especially when boundaries and barriers of all types – county, municipal, NCDOT region, watershed – separate our communities from one another. Despite all of our best attempts and intentions to work together, our multiple silos often make it difficult to be innovative around these complex issues.
At TJCOG, we are beginning to see new avenues into the field of innovation for communities who want to be involved but don't know where to start or feel overwhelmed, and we are pursuing some exciting efforts to give any local government interested in innovation work the opportunity to get involved.
We all benefit from having housing choices that meet our unique needs at each of these stages of life. Unfortunately, most of our communities in the Triangle region have limited options beyond either single-family homes or larger apartment communities.
Rethinking Our Thinking Blog Series By Mary Sell, TJCOG Planner To date, our communities have been built largely around cars, rather than around people. When folks try to reclaim that space for people-centered mobility, there are entrenched roadblocks, literal and metaphorical, that they must fight against to earn space in the transportation landscape. Sometimes it … Continue reading Thinking Different About Mobility
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 … Continue reading Durham Extreme Makeover: Government Forms Edition
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 … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
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.
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 … Continue reading Advocate, Mediator, and Everything In Between: Long-Term Care Ombudsmen
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.
Happy New Year...Fiscal Year 2017-2018 that is! With the beginning of July comes the beginning of a new fiscal year with new projects, new initiatives, and new opportunities. Here at TJCOG, we are so excited for the opportunity that FY 2018 will bring for our staff and for our members that we serve each day. … Continue reading Resolutions for the New Fiscal Year
Our Regional Summit will be designed to highlight regional solutions that can be applied anywhere in the Triangle J 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! … Continue reading Integrated Water Management in the Burgeoning Triangle Region
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 … Continue reading Let’s Talk Community Livability
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 … Continue reading Kidonomics and the Triangle J Region
Whether you work in aging, planning, government, social work, health care, law, education, or simply pay attention to the news, you’re probably aware of discussions around affordable housing.
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, … Continue reading Recognizing Our Best Workplaces for Commuters
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 … Continue reading Honoring Our Board of Delegates
Over this past week, I have been devastated by the images and stories coming from the eastern part of North Carolina. Hurricane Matthew has dealt a significant blow to that part of our state. The thoughts of the entire staff at Triangle J Council of Governments are with those impacted by the Hurricane. As the … Continue reading Moving Forward from Hurricane Matthew
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. … Continue reading Affordable Housing in the Triangle