Regional Development


About The Program

The Regional Development Division was created to work with any special programs that arise for ATCOG that are not included in the other grant programs and to write grants for member cities, counties, school districts, fire departments, and other entities in our ten-county region. Below is a synopsis of some of the ongoing projects within ATCOG.

Hazard Mitigation Planning

For disasters declared after November 1, 2004, local governments must have a Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to remain eligible for project funding from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. ATCOG has prepared Local Mitigation Action Plans (MAPs) for each of the nine Texas counties. MAPs serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effect of natural hazards.

Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Program for Rural Texas

Northeast Regional Review Committee     For more information view the ATCOG 2019-2020 RRC Guidebook.pdf

The TxCDBG Program is a multi-functional grant program that supplies funding for staff support of the Northeast Texas Regional Review Committee and funds technical assistance for communities with populations of less than 50,000 and to all ATCOG member counties.

Each of Texas’ 24 regional councils, known as Council of Governments, has its own Regional Review Committee (RRC). Each RRC is comprised of 12 local officials, appointed at the pleasure of the Texas Agriculture Commissioner. The role of each Regional Review Committee is to participate in the process for determining regional priorities for projects funded through TDA’s Community Development Fund. The Northeast Regional Review Committee represents the nine Texas counties of the ATCOG region and receives on an average of $2,000,000 annually for the selected projects.

Technical Assistance Program

The technical assistance portion of the grant allows ATCOG staff to assist regional cities and counties with Community Development Block Grants, Disaster Relief/Urgent Need Fund and the Small Towns Environment Program. Through technical assistance, ATCOG serves as a Census Data Bank for the region. Census data is provided for the localities needing basic data to assist them in preparation of grant applications. ATCOG also sponsors workshops for localities regarding open records and open meetings laws, planning and zoning, economic development, etc.

Resources

Agencies and Organizations

Texas Department of Agriculturehttp://www.texasagriculture.gov/grantsservices
U.S. Census Bureauhttp://www.census.gov
Texas State Data Centerwww.txsdc.utsa.edu
Arkansas Institute for Economic Advancementhttp://www.aiea.ualr.edu
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programhttp://www.fema.gov/firegrants/