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Incorporated in January 1992, the mission of OARC is to advance regional issues and to advocate for regionalism and the Councils of Government (COGs) to the public and private sector.
- Assist the COGs in strengthening their capabilities to serve their local government members
- Provide a forum for the regular exchange of information and ideas among the COGs and their member local governments
- Educate other governmental entities, public and private organizations and the general public about services rendered by the Councils
- Represent the Councils and member local governments before agencies of the legislative and executive branches of both the state and national governments
- Foster regional collaboration among local governments, business interests and community representatives, as well as coordinate intergovernmental partnerships among federal, state and local officials
- Craft comprehensive regional development strategies that result in local job creation and wealth creation initiatives
- Prepare locally-driven metropolitan transportation plans and investment programs, as well as deliver quality and aff ordable regional public transportation services
- Translate local plans and projects into reality by helping secure fi nancing, navigate complex state and federal requirements and maintain project financing in an accountable and transparent manner
- Offer gap financing, start-up assistance and expansion capital to entrepreneurs and businesses struggling to secure traditional bank financing
- Help local communities comply with federal and state terrorism and emergency preparedness requirements, as well as provide leadership and coordination services to help address rural fi re protection needs
- Deliver and administer essential human service programs, such as housing ownership and rehabilitation, elder care and youth development services
- Secure and leverage resources to build and upgrade basic public infrastructure, while remaining strong stewards of the state’s diverse and changing environment