Nichole L. Moore, Executive Director of Chariton Valley Planning & Development Council of Governments was elected by the Iowa Association of Regional Councils (ICOG) as their treasurer for the next fiscal year, starting in July.
ICOG holds monthly director’s meetings to complete a variety of responsibilities on what COGS are working on or needing from around the state. Moore has been director of CVPD for nine years and serves her four counties of Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties.
Councils of governments were developed under state legislation to ensure the vitality and growth of their regions. They actively pursue funding opportunities from a variety of local, state, and federal resources. They provide expertise to cities and counties in securing competitive state and federal grants.
As Regional Planning Affiliations, COGs plan for and program the distribution of federal transportation funds within their regions, including highways, transit, trails, and other enhancement programs. Most COGs also have established and administer regional revolving loan funds targeting housing and economic development.
Iowa’s Councils of Governments (COGs) provide professional planning, programming, and technical assistance to Iowa’s cities, counties, businesses, community organizations. COGs provide regional planning and technical assistance to local governments and the communities in their regions by:
• Providing individualized assistance to cities, counties, businesses, community organizations and community members (such as a local comprehensive plan, loans to local businesses, grant-writing assistance, and housing and workforce programs)
• Providing planning services across multiple jurisdictions (such as a regional comprehensive solid waste management plan or long-range transportation plan); and
• Providing a forum that combines the elements of transportation planning, housing development, solid waste planning, and use planning, workforce development, and economic development into a comprehensive approach to regional growth and development.