Who We Are
The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments: Governed by an Executive Committee of 6 local elected officials and 1 member at large, YVCOG is a membership organization that is funded by Federal, State, local resources, member dues, and professional service contracts. Founded in 1966, the YVCOG provides a forum for our members to address regional issues for 14 cities and Yakima County. We are a regional agency with the ability to conduct any activity that can be legally assigned or contracted to perform projects of mutual concern under the Interlocal Cooperation Act.
What We Do
YVCOG facilitates community development and orderly growth in the best interest of the public.
YVCOG provides a regional resource to perform projects and provide assistance to member jurisdictions. Yakima Valley Conference of Governments concerns itself with technical services to aid multi-jurisdictional programs in a manner that provides greater expertise and lower costs.
YVCOG fulfills two mandated Federal and State roles, including a Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Regional Transportation Planning Agency. All Cities, Counties, County Transportation Commissions and Federally-recognized Native American Tribes in the Region are eligible for membership on YVCOG’s Executive Committee.
Provide member jurisdictions a regional network for professional community planning, transportation, grant writing, GIS and facilitate coordinated efforts on matters of mutual concern.
Provide and assist collaboration for communities to optimize resources.
Convener, Catalyst and Resource
In 1966, the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) was established by the valley’s community leaders. They saw the need to create a forum to address an ever growing list of regional concerns. This consortium has not only provided this forum, but now has grown to be a key player in the research for development of studies and plans needed to address these issues.
What is a Conference of Governments?
Many COGs throughout the country were formed in the 1960s and 1970s due to the emerging emphasis placed on long-term planning at the federal level, particularly in terms of transportation planning. Rather than a city by-city approach, COGs became the preferred interface. However, COGs are voluntary organizations and are not federally mandated, unlike Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).