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  • What It Takes to Improve Water Quality

    December 19, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Making Home Repair Efforts Stronger in the Region

    December 9, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Thinking Differently About Our Regional Approach

    September 20, 2019 by

    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 Differently About the Accessibility of “Innovation”

    July 24, 2019 by

    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.

  • Thinking Differently About Housing Opportunities

    July 10, 2019 by

    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.

  • Thinking Different About Mobility

    May 22, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Durham Extreme Makeover: Government Forms Edition

    October 24, 2018 by

    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… Read more

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    November 27, 2017 by

    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… Read more

  • Jordan Lake One Water Association: A New Kind of Collaboration

    October 2, 2017 by

    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.

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

    July 24, 2017 by

    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.

  • Resolutions for the New Fiscal Year

    June 28, 2017 by

    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.… Read more

  • Integrated Water Management in the Burgeoning Triangle Region

    April 11, 2017 by

    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!… Read more

  • Let’s Talk Community Livability

    March 20, 2017 by

    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… Read more

  • Kidonomics and the Triangle J Region

    February 10, 2017 by

    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… Read more

  • Recognizing Our Best Workplaces for Commuters

    January 11, 2017 by

    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,… Read more

  • Honoring Our Board of Delegates

    December 13, 2016 by

    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… Read more

  • Moving Forward from Hurricane Matthew

    October 16, 2016 by

    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… Read more

  • Affordable Housing in the Triangle

    September 27, 2016 by

    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.… Read more

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