Why Emphasizing Equity in Economic Mobility will Benefit Metropolitan Washington with Chuck Bean


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Is it possible to create economic mobility for all members of our community? Can we bring equity into vital issues like transportation and housing?

In this episode of the Thriving Voices podcast, Andrew speaks with Chuck Bean, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to discuss how COG prioritizes and plans for important issues like the environment, transportation and public safety for the Metropolitan Washington area.

Chuck Bean is an executive and civic leader with more than 25 years of experience in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Since 2012, Bean has served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), one of the country’s prominent regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations. COG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues, including economic development, land-use, human services, public safety, and environmental and transportation planning. Its membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 24 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S.

In this episode, Andrew and Chuck Discuss:

  • The purpose of the Council of Governments;
  • A brief history of population and economic growth in the Arlington area;
  • How transportation planning can increase economic mobility for all;
  • The malaise and mojo of the Arlington area;
  • Why rapid growth affects homelessness; and
  • The factors economic mobility depends on.

What Chuck thinks it takes for a community to thrive fully?

The inclusion of everybody in opportunity.

How do you help your community to thrive?

Volunteering and being active in the public sphere.

More About Chuck Bean and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Bean previously served as President of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and the Director of the Community Capacity Fund. Bean earned his Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) website: https://www.mwcog.org/

Twitter: @Chuck4theRegion

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