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, and PodBean.

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

Recent Releases 

Episode 40: The One With Kome Ajise. As the largest metropolitan planning agency in the country, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) undertakes a variety of efforts to elevate the quality of life throughout the region. One of the agency's latest accomplishments was the development of Connect SoCal, a 45-year Regional Transportation Plan with an integrated Sustainable Communities Strategy. Intended to be a long-range visioning plan, this foundational document will help set the pace for the greater southern California region far into the future. Tune in for this podcast episode as Kome Ajise, SCAG Executive Director, shares about Connect SoCal, housing, and more! Click here to listen. 

Episode 39: The One With Dr. Wallace Walrod. With a longstanding career in regional economics, Dr. Wallace Walrod has directed strategic partnerships with organizations like Toshiba America Information Systems, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, John Wayne Airport, and many more. His career is marked by leading research and economic advising efforts for various agencies throughout the southern California region including the Southern California Association of Governments and Orange County Business Council. Dr. Walrod is a Managing Partner at Tech Coast Consulting Group and joins the WRCOGCast to share about his economic projections for the Inland Empire.  Click here to listen. 

Episode 38: The One About Planning in a Post-COVID-19 World.  As the world begins to look forward to reopening after COVID-19, there are unprecedented challenges that leaders will navigate as they consider how to strategize their city and organization for the future. In light of COVID-19 and its ramifications, what are the practical implications and lessons learned from these new experiences? How will COVID-19 shape planning and other city management practices? On this episode of the COGCast, Dr. Brian Nakamura, Assistant Professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, who also served as the City Manager for various California cities, shares his take on what the future holds and how cities can optimize current opportunities for a better tomorrow. Click here to listen!