Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Adopts Resolution to Co-Sponsor Local Financial Planning Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) adopted a resolution yesterday to become an official co-sponsor of 2011 Metro Washington Financial Planning Day during its September 14 Board of Directors meeting. The collaboration is part of a groundbreaking effort involving local governments and thousands of financial planners nationwide united in an effort to provide free financial education and programming to communities throughout the U.S.
COG's endorsement of the Financial Planning Day initiative aligns with its own strategic plan for 2011. In the resolution, COG recognizes the "national recession had a significant impact on the ability of individuals and families to not only afford essentials but plan for their future," and "improving financial education and planning skills of residents in the National Capital Region is key to helping emerge from the economic downturn."
Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is organized by the Government of District of Columbia, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, and is part of a national Financial Planning Days initiative created by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The event will be held at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (Bell Multicultural High School) in Washington, D.C. on October 15 and will feature experts from the Financial Planning Association® and highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to work with local residents one-on-one to address important financial issues.
Financial planners will be set up at their own tables to meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on getting out of debt, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, mortgages and foreclosures, among many other topics. The advice will be offered on a "no strings attached" basis and planners will not give out business cards or sell financial products or services.
TO PARTICIPATE: Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public. Free online registration is available at www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/DC, or by calling toll free at 877-861-7826. Walk-ins are also welcome.
About CFP Board
The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 63,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S. For more information about CFP Board, visit www.CFP.net or call 800-487-1497.
The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who need, support and deliver professional financial planning. FPA is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S. and includes professionals from all backgrounds and business models. FPA members adhere to the highest standards of professional competence, ethical conduct and clear, complete disclosure to those they serve. Based in Denver, Colo., FPA works in alliance with academic leaders, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and consumer interest organizations. For more information about FPA, visit www.FPAnet.org or call 800-322-4237.
About Foundation for Financial Planning
The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need. The Foundation funds programs that provide pro bono financial planning, and connect volunteers through the involvement of the financial planning and services community. The Foundation strives to help people who are underserved by the market, in need of financial guidance, or in a financial crisis. The Foundation aims to improve the lives of all Americans through access to pro bono financial planning and financial life skills education to provide those at all socio-economic levels with the knowledge to control their financial lives and opportunities to obtain unbiased financial advice in time of crisis and disaster. For more information about the Foundation for Financial Planning, visit www.foundation-finplan.org.
About Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) was founded in 1957, as an independent, nonprofit organization comprised of elected officials from 21 local governments, members of Maryland and Virginia state legislatures and members of the U.S. Congress. COG helps develop regional solutions to such issues as the environment, affordable housing, growth and development, public health, child welfare, public safety, homeland security and transportation. For more information about Metro Washington Council of Governments, visit www.mwcog.org.
About The U.S. Conference of Mayors
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,204 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. More information about the Conference is available at www.usmayors.org.
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