The COGCast is a bi-weekly podcast series featuring a variety of topics and issues relevant to the western Riverside subregion in 20-minute episodes.  Every episode provides an opportunity for listeners to learn about agencies, programs, and/or issues impacting quality of life in this fast-growing subregion.  Catch all episodes here!

The COGCast is available to listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, PodBean, and SoundCloud.

To suggest a future COGCast episode topic, please contact Rachel Singer at rsinger@wrcog.us.

Recent Releases 

Episode 11: The One About Clean Energy Financing. With almost 40 million residents, California is commonly regarded to as one of the pioneering states for energy efficiency and water conservation measures. Due to its drought-zone environment, seismic activity, and prevalent sunshine, there is a need to keep innovation and safety at the forefront of development. With the variety of improvement opportunities available to both residential and commercial property owners, the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program administered by the Western Riverside Council of Governments, helps owners finance property retrofits to become greener, more energy efficient investments. Tune in to learn from Casey Dailey, Director of Energy & Environmental Programs at the Western Riverside Council of Governments. Click here to listen!

Episode 10: The One About Cities and Innovation. Innovation continues to shift and change the world we live in. From smart cities to autonomous vehicles, technological advancements are shifting the status quo. In this changing landscape, leaders must be mindful to understand what the coming technology is and how it can affect communities in the future. On this episode of the COGCast, we welcome Jim Madaffer, President of Madaffer Enterprises, to learn more about the coming technology and how it can impact our subregion. Click here to listen!

Episode 9: The One About SCAG. With 6 counties, almost 200 cities, and 19 million residents, the Southern California Association of Governments, also known as SCAG, is the largest Metropolitan Planning Organization in the nation. Acting as a catalyst for Southern California, SCAG seeks to foster innovative regional solutions that improve the quality of life for the growing population that call this area home. Through collaboration, planning, regional advocacy, and the promotion of best practices, SCAG addresses key issues that Southern Californians face everyday. On this episode of the COGCast, we learn more about SCAG with Darin Chidsey, Interim Executive Director at SCAG. Click here to listen!