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
Sitting Down with Erika Brown by TJCOG Intern Katlyn Edwards Imagine you just got home from a long day of work and are preparing to return to your job tomorrow. Most of your time is consumed by this profession, and what little free time you have remaining you don’t dedicate to yourself, but instead to … Continue reading Making Home Repair Efforts Stronger in the Region
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