2019-2020 Priorities

Aging & Human Services

Connect older adults to resources, assist partners to make holistic and strategic decisions about aging services, and help local communities build aging-friendly places for the rapidly growing older adult population.

Economic Development

Coordinate local economic development efforts and provide a direct connection for member governments to the US Economic Development Administration regarding grant applications, administration, and technical assistance.


Assist communities to preserve, improve, and build quality, affordable housing through education, technical assistance, facilitation, research & data analysis, and fund administration. 

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Work with declared counties to identify projects, assist with grant applications/administration and provide technical assistance, and assess threats, stressors and potential strategies for resilience across multiple jurisdictions.

Service to Our Member Governments

Serve critical member needs and offer technical assistance to help local governments of all sizes provide services and improve quality of life for their citizens. Member services change over time to address regional needs.


Focus on the intersection between land use, transportation, and quality of life, and help communities think long-term about their comprehensive transportation needs.


Assist with quality, quantity, and water/sewer infrastructure needs that increase as the region experiences population growth, a decrease in available funding sources, and an aging infrastructure.

"It is important as a regional organization that we develop dual strategies to assist with infrastructure needs in our rapidly growing parts of the region and parts that are struggling to recruit and grow." - Executive Director's 2019 Budget Message