What It Takes to Improve Water Quality

Sitting Down with Hannah Barg by Katlyn Edwards Have you heard of the Clean Water Education Partnership, or CWEP?  I hadn't, until I got the chance to sit down with Hannah Barg, AmeriCorps Fellow for CWEP and a fellow intern at TJCOG. Hannah explained that the Clean Water Education Partnership — CWEP — is a … Continue reading What It Takes to Improve Water Quality

Thinking Differently About Our Regional Approach

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.

Thinking Different About Mobility

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

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 … Continue reading Durham Extreme Makeover: Government Forms Edition

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

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! … Continue reading Integrated Water Management in the Burgeoning Triangle Region

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 … Continue reading Let’s Talk Community Livability

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, … Continue reading Recognizing Our Best Workplaces for Commuters

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. … Continue reading Affordable Housing in the Triangle