Our Legislative Agenda

Advocating for Regional Government and Solutions

Triangle J Council of Governments' programs and legislative efforts focus on actions and policies that represent the interests of all 43 member governments in the region, help improve efficiencies and services across the public sector and reduce duplication of infrastructure through the use of Councils of Governments state-wide.

The Value of Regions 

  • Regions represent the best of federalism – various levels of local government, each with different responsibilities, coming together with federal and state support to address the common needs of their residents.
  • Regions enable local governments and elected officials to develop and implement solutions that are not bound by jurisdictional boundaries and provide a framework in which local needs can be best understood and acted upon in a way that equitably benefits all of the individual communities within a region.
  • Regions are non-partisan and take politics out of the decision-making process with respect to a wide range of programs and services.
    Regions are able to provide solutions that cross beyond the divide that exists in
    some areas between “blue” cities and “red” rural areas. 

Source: National Association of Regional Councils' 2021 Transition Memo

 

2019-2020 Policy Agenda

The 2019-2020 Policy Agenda for TJCOG is also the agenda for the State Association of Regional Councils. The three policy goals listed below are supported by all sixteen Councils of Governments (COGs) in NC. Learn more about the COG system at ncregions.org

Regional Water Resources Management

Allocate 150,000 per year to Councils of Governments to conduct water/wastewater infrastructure mapping and maintain GIS data. Why?  

The coordination and management of water resources and facilities are becoming an increasing burden for local governments to undertake on their own. Recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence and Matthew have burdened utility systems and, for smaller systems, can be massively detrimental. COGs are a natural fit in NC to manage asset mapping and utility consolidation efforts, as they are familiar with their local communities, have the internal capacity, and have existing infrastructure to administer and manage federal and state funds.

Regional Delivery of Services

Work to establish COGs as the primary mechanism to deliver regional services on behalf of federal and state agencies and local governments.  Why? Currently, there are many changes to state-administered services looking at regional approaches. This is not only an opportunity for COGs to reach full potential but an opportunity for the State to reduce duplication of infrastructure and partner with the COGs to provide these services. 

Rural Broadband

Advocate for funding for staffing through the GREAT program to allow COGs to assist small municipalities and funding for regional mapping/implementation with NC Broadband Office. Why? Many smaller communities struggle to maintain the capacity to manage funds, apply for grants, conduct mapping and many other efforts to improve broadband access. COGs serve as an extension of their member governments and can provide staffing where limited.