As our region changes, new and aging infrastructure challenges for our member governments also grow. TJCOG has supported our members for many years with regional infrastructure work and plans to continue to prioritize infrastructure opportunities. While significant parts of our region are growing, there are substantial parts of our region struggling to build or preserve adequate infrastructure to generate basic economic growth. It is important as a regional organization that we develop dual strategies to assist with regional infrastructure needs in both the rapidly growing parts of the region and the parts that are struggling to recruit and grow due to to a lack of opportunities.
One of the biggest concerns for many communities, large and small, is the feasibility of maintaining and managing their water and wastewater infrastructure. Through partnerships with the NC Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Finance Center, and more, TJCOG is working with communities to assess their current infrastructure, examine and assess potential regionalization or merger opportunities, and recommend the best next steps for each community. These processes are critical to the financial success of local government utilities and ultimately the organizations as a whole.
Merger Regionalization Feasibility Study
Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, Johnston County
In early 2019, TJCOG worked with the associated communities to apply for a Division of Water Infrastructure grant and conduct a Merger Regionalization Feasibility Study; the funding was ultimately awarded. The study will investigate, analyze, and recommend potential options for collaborative wastewater management in Northeast Johnston County. Each community faces unique wastewater treatment challenges but provides unique resources and capabilities to the geographic area.
TJCOG will provide outreach, member engagement, and a collaborative process for the study, and will engage UNC School of Government's Environmental Finance Center for expertise on financial feasibility analyses. Learn more