GENESIS OF REGIONAL SOLUTIONS TO LOCAL PROBLEMS
In 1970, Oklahoma’s governor established 11 sub-state planning districts. Subsequently, the local governments served by the planning districts created the 11 COGs using the sub-state planning district boundaries. By coordinating regional approaches and solutions applicable at the local level, our regional councils of governments have become highly successful vehicles for change.
Throughout the past 40 years, our regional councils have evolved from conduits for regional planning and grant administration to catalysts of change in all aspects of life throughout the state. Today’s regional councils provide an invaluable statewide network that remains committed to the legislature’s original vision for effective and effi cient program delivery and planning that spans local government boundaries.
As we evolve, we continue to offer professional staff capacity and expertise not available at the local level. We are a vital statewide delivery system that convenes local governments of all size and location to identify and solve complex problems as well as pursue new opportunities. State and federal officials rely on our proven capacity and skill as a highly professional, accountable, effi cient and cost-effective network that can reach local governments, deliver quality programs and foster local cooperation at the sub-state regional level.
Local jurisdictions within our regions depend on us to package and secure financing for projects of all size and complexity; they also count on us to help manage complicated federal and state programs.
As conveners of local governments on sub-state and statewide levels, we provide neutral forums for dialogue, strategic planning and cooperation among diverse local offi cials and other stakeholders. This often overlooked but essential function is simply not available in any other context. Our holistic approach assures program fl exibility and local accountability unique to our structure and mission.