The High Country Council of Governments serves as the lead planning agency for the High Country Rural Planning Organization (RPO). The RPO has been providing continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning for the seven county region since being chartered in February of 2002. The RPO is responsible for:
The RPO develops a Priority Needs List of projects every two years to submit to the NCDOT for consideration. We develop and prioritize suggestions for transportation related projects for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
The RPO works in developing comprehensive local and regional multimodal transportation plans.
The RPO provides transportation related information to local governments and other interested parties. The RPO staff attends project development meetings on behalf of the RPO members and provides NCDOT with local input.
The RPO provides a forum for public participation in the rural transportation planning process. A public hearing is held prior to the adoption of the Priority Needs List, facilitates public workshops during the planning process, and solicits public comments in the development of transportation plans through press releases and surveys. All RPO meetings are advertised and open to the public.
The State of North Carolina receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding each year from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist citizens with low- and moderate-income. The NC Department of Commerce administers Economic Development and Community Housing Programs, and the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) oversees the Infrastructure Program.
HCCOG planning staff have extensive experience working with CDBG grants. HCCOG CDBG services include, but are not limited to: