Virginia Coalition for Open Government

Description

Founded in 1996, VCOG is a nonprofit alliance formed to promote expanded access to government records, meetings and other proceedings at the state and local level. Their efforts are focused solely on local/state information access. While they do some lobbying (within limits imposed by IRS rules), their primary work is educational.

The Coalition was formed in 1996, after a year-long organizing effort. The board of directors represents the state's access activists and friends of open government, including Virginia's librarians, genealogists, broadcasters, newspapers and the public at large. Start-up funding was provided by the Virginia Press Association, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, Media General, the Landmark Communications Foundation, America Online, all of the major in-state newspapers, public radio and television stations, a number of commercial stations and other friends of open government. Supporters also include Dominion, Appalachian Power, SunTrust, LexisNexis, Christian & Barton, Conservation Voters League, Woods Rogers, Gentry Locke.

P.O. Box 2576
Williamsburg, VA 23187
United States

Phone number
Contact name
Megan Rhyne
Contact title
Executive Director
Contact email

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