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 48: The One About Changing the Inland Empire Narrative. The Inland Empire is often defined by an unfortunate regional narrative that rarely depicts the many innovative efforts undertaken and milestones achieved. How did this happen? What needs to be done in order to change the regional brand? On this episode of the COGCast, we welcome Steve Lambert, Partner in the 20/20 Network, a unique public affairs and strategic communications firm that works to assist entities elevate their brand by establishing a more effective narrative.  Click here to listen. 

Episode 47: The One About The City of Menifee. As a vibrant and young city in the heart of southwest Riverside County, the City of Menifee has grown exponentially since incorporation in 2008 and is recognized as one of the top 10 cities for growth in southern California with a 2.4% growth rate per year. So what is in store for the City of Menifee and how is it preparing for additional growth? On this episode of the COGCast, Gina Gonzalez, Economic Development Director, and Cheryl Kitzerow, Community Development Director, will share more about the City, its initiatives, and its future. Click here to listen!

Episode 46: The One About Wildfires. Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have burned over 3.1 million acres in California. To put this into perspective, 2020's acres burned is 26 times higher than the acres burned in 2019 for the same time period. The devastation of these disasters calls local leaders to understand the scope of the issue and what can be done to help. Tune in for the latest podcast episode featuring Council Member Matt Rahn from the City of Temecula, who also serves as the Director for California State University San Marcos’s Environmental Leadership Institute and Wildfire Program. Click here to listen.