DC, May 24, 2011

Region Forward

A Comprehensive Guide for Regional Planning

"Region Forward: A Comprehensive Guide for Regional Planning and Measuring Progress in the 21st Century" is a regional plan devised by the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, which was established by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to create a new, comprehensive, regional approach to solving a number of identified regional challenges — not business as usual.

The coalition was composed of a diverse group of public officials and business and civic leaders. They built on recent regional plans, studied efforts in other parts of the country, and asked for input from experts and area residents.

About the Speakers

David J. RobertsonDavid J. Robertson is executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Prior to his appointment in 2003, Robertson briefly served as interim executive director and as director of COG's Department of Human Services, Planning and Public Safety from 1990 to 2002. Since September 11, 2001, he has led COG's homeland security and emergency preparedness planning efforts, and held several technical and management positions at COG since 1986. Previously, Robertson worked for the National Association of Home Builders and U.S. Rep. David Bonior of Michigan. Robertson holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Julia Koster, AICPJulia Koster, AICP, directs the Intergovernmental Affairs Office at the National Capital Planning Commission. Ms. Koster previously directed the agency's division is responsible for developing the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. Prior to her work at NCPC, she coordinating assistance to community and private sector smart growth projects for the Governor's Office of Smart Growth in Maryland, and worked for twelve years as a public sector planner on growth management initiatives, waterfront redevelopment projects,  and environmental protection programs in Washington State. She has a master's degree in planning from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound in Economics. She is the past President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association.