Each RPC is designated as Federal Economic Development District. Each region works with key stakeholders to develop and implement a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a roadmap for economic development.
RPCs assists counties in the development of the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. These plans are essential in identifying mitigation strategies for each community and provide access to disaster funds to make communities more resilient.
Resilient communities recover faster after a disaster. RPCs assist communities in identifying vulnerabilities to infrastructure and government operations, and plan to address those before, during, and after a natural disaster or manmade crisis.
Each RPC, under the state’s nationally recognized planning framework, identify regional transportation priorities and develop plans to address the transportation needs across Missouri.
Each region is unique with its own challenges. RPCs support the planning and development within each unique region to create successful projects and better communities.
Local RPCs have the expertise to assist communities with both the planning for and cleanup of affected sites in order to encourage future development and removal of blight.
About MACOG & Missouri’s Regional Planning Commissions
The Missouri Association of Councils of Governments (MACOG) is the statewide organization representing Missouri’s 19 regional planning commissions and councils of governments. These professional organizations represent the entire State of Missouri and are committed to enhancing the state’s regions. Regional councils are engaged in a myriad of activities, including:
- Economic and community development
- Housing initiatives
- Safety and security
- Transportation planning
- Environmental issues
- Quality-of-life issues
These activities create jobs for Missourians, stimulate private investment and attract millions of dollars which support public projects. MACOG’s organizations serve the state’s 114 counties and more than 6.8 million people.
What is a Regional Planning Commission?
Regional planning commissions across the United States, and in Missouri as well, are known by a variety of names, including councils of government, regional planning commissions, areawide planning organizations, economic development districts, and area development districts. Regardless of their name, there are several basic and fundamental similarities among the organizations. All have been formed by local government in one manner or another. All must have operating budgets in order to be able to function. All must have staff in order to provide for the work that is directed to them by their member governments, collectively or individually, and by various state and federal agencies with which the agency contracts under authority of the board of directors and their membership. In Missouri, regional planning commissions are advisory In nature, and county and municipal governments hold membership on a voluntary basis.
Typically, regional planning commissions address a broad cross-section of issues, including comprehensive planning; economic development, including marketing, industrial park development, operation of revolving loan funds, and coordination with industrial prospects and various agencies and organizations involved In economic development. Most regional planning commissions deal with infrastructural issues, such as public water supply; sanitary sewage collection and treatment; planning for various modes of transportation, including local streets and roads, highways, airports, port development, as appropriate, mass transit, and in some instances, rail. Regional planning commissions are also, from time to time, involved in park, recreational and open space planning and issues; development of various ordinances, such as subdivision regulations, zoning ordinances, mobile home park ordinances and the like; coordination of programs on behalf of county and municipal members with state and federal agencies; solid waste planning; hazardous waste planning; stormwater damage and flood control, including the National Flood Insurance Program; working for Improved educational and training facilities; manpower planning and job training issues; health and health facilities needs; and planning for compatible land usage. Most regional planning commissions also prepare grant applications for implementation of various capital improvements and initiation of various programs. Numerous regional planning commissions also assist county and municipal government in administration of grants-in-aid. Some regional planning commissions are also involved in agricultural issues, housing development, and provision of a variety of direct services under an agreed upon basis with member units of government. A number of regional councils provide mapping and drafting services for their memberships.
The role of the regional planning commission or council of government varies in each region, depending upon the desires of the member counties and municipalities and their representatives. Nonetheless, the prime role of the regional planning commission is to provide a technical staff I capable to providing sound advice to its membership and to work for coordination of various planning and infrastructural needs among the various counties and municipalities, as appropriate. Many regional planning commissions/councils of government conduct a considerable amount of research as a matter of course in their day-to-day operations and often have a considerable amount of data and information available for use by their members and citizens of the region. A number of the regional planning commissions in Missouri serve as repositories for census data under an agreement with the Missouri State Library and its Data Affiliate Program. Most of the regional planning commissions have a small technical and planning library which also houses a wealth of data and information about their respective regions and, perhaps, a broader area.
Most of the rural regional planning commissions In Missouri were formed under Chapter 251 of the Revised Statutes Of the State of Missouri. Some are incorporated separately as not-for-proflt corporations, and yet others, particularly in the metropolitan areas, were formed by interstate compact or other incorporating methods. Several of the regional planning commissions, notably East-West Gateway Coordination Council, Mid-America Regional Council and Mo-Kan Regional Council, serve as bi-state regional planning groups for their respective areas. All regional councils in Missouri operate on a not-for-profit basis.
The regional planning commissions across the State of Missouri provide an effective way for local governments to work together to address common problems and to share technical staff for problems that cross border lines or boundaries and need an areawide approach. They also can effectively deliver programs which cannot be afforded on an individualized basis by county and municipal governments, but can be afforded on a collective basis where all share staff and/or resources. The intent of the regional planning commissions in Missouri is to be of service to their member counties and municipalities and to bring an organized approach to addressing a broad cross-section of areawide problems. They also are available to assist their member entities in coordinating the needs of the area with state and federal agencies or with private companies or other public bodies.
MACOG Partners with each RPC/COG on projects that can be deployed statewide providing planning efforts that will provide local leadership with the tools necessary to make effective and impactful decisions. Our State and Federal Planning Partners include:
- Missouri Office of Administration (OA)
- Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
- Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
- Missouri Office of Homeland Security (MoOHS)
- Missouri Department of Economic Development (MoDED)
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR)
- Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority (EIERA)
- US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Who We Are
The Missouri Association of Councils of Governments (MACOG) is the statewide organization supporting the local efforts of the Missouri’s 19 regional planning commissions and councils of governments by helping navigate the state and federal programs to support their local communities. Working for Missouri, planning for tomorrow.
MACOG supports the efforts of each Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs)/Councils of Governments (COGs) with Statewide Planning initiatives that are identified in State Statute.
Missouri Revised Statute 251 (RSMo 251)
RPCs were established in the State and Regional Planning and Community Development Act, adopted by the Missouri State Legislature in 1965. This Act created the Missouri Department of Community Affairs and authorized the Governor to create RPCs upon the petition of local Governments (revised Statutes of Missouri, 1969, ed.). There are 19 RPCs/COGs in Missouri, providing complete coverage of counties in Missouri.
RPCs/COGs exist to support communities with planning, technical assistance, and other activities identified by their Board of Directors. Provided services help to create an environment where communities can grow and thrive through comprehensive planning, public safety, infrastructure, transportation, economic development, water and wastewater facilities, and environmental responsibility.
Missouri regional councils provide a diverse and important array of services to local governments and communities. While activities vary among organizations, RPCs are engaged in many of the following services and issues.
Economic Development Activities
- Infrastructure Grant Applications
- Grant administration services
- Industrial park development
- Infrastructure enhancement planning
- Business loan packaging
- Business loan administration
- Job training services
- Tourism marketing/development
- Classroom educational training
- Industry site selection services
- Environmental assessment services
- Business / Industry recruitment
- Census affiliate
- Census data recordkeeping
- Community profile development
- Regional technical resource center
- Planning / Technical reference library
- Utility usage data management
- Labor statistics recordkeeping
- GIS services
- Mapping services
- Comprehensive planning services
- Land use planning services
- Strategic planning services
- Economic development planning
- Parks and recreational planning
- Transit studies
- Transportation planning
- Solid waste planning
- Solid waste district administration
- Emergency preparedness planning
- Community surveys & focus groups
- Feasibility studies
- Housing programs
- Healthcare planning & administration
- Business incubator programs
- Port authority administration
- Floodplain management
- Childcare services
- Zoning and subdivision regulations
- Welfare to work implementation
- Aquaculture planning
- Caring Community administration
- Criminal justice planning
- Environmental planning
- Utility mapping
- HUD public housing authority
- State clearinghouse review partner
- Local officials training workshops
- Cooperative purchasing
- Historic preservation
- Ordinance codification
- City administration