An Association of Local Governments: Serving Southwestern Utah since 1972

Phone:(435)673-3548 Fax:(435)673-3540 Address: 1070 W. 1600 S., Bldg. B; St. George, UT

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Five County Association of Governments is a voluntary association of local governments from the five southwestern counties of the State of Utah. The five counties in southwestern Utah that comprise the Five County Association of Governments are Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington.

This year, 2017, marks the 45th anniversary of the formal establishment of the Five County Association of Governments. While the Five County AOG was officially created in 1972, informal cooperation amongst the five member counties, along with the municipalities within them, as a group, has take place since the 1950's.

Farsighted leaders of the past envisioned the time when our world-class scenic landscapes, mild climate, beautiful communities and hard-working people would foster the evolution of a major regional center in the West. That time has arrived. Southwestern Utah has come into its own. The Five County Association of Governments is a key player in aiding locally elected officials in coping with regional challenges.

The Association has a main office location in the Tonaquint Center High Tech Business Park in St. George City and a satellite office in Cedar City. We also have dedicated staff in other locations within our service areas. More information on the Association, including our Vision and Mission, can be viewed using the "What is The FCAOG" link on the "About" tab above. Our office addresses, as well as maps to locate them, are found using the "Contact" tab above.

Five County News

2017-04-14




  DIXIE MPO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING APRIL 19th
The next meeting of the Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization's policy body, known as the Dixie Transportation Executive Council (DTEC), will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The DTEC meeting will begin at 12:00 noon in the Washington County Administration Building, in the downstairs conference room; 197 East Tabernacle Street; St. George, Utah. This meeting is open to the public.
Click HERE to view the DTEC meeting Agenda, and the previous meeting's draft minutes, as posted on the Utah Public Meeting Notice website.  

Click HERE to visit the Dixie MPO website.

  NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN APPROVED BY FEMA
NHMPThe final draft of a regional Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, developed by the Five County Association of Governments' staff in collaboration with all of the cities and the five counties, and almost all of the towns in this region, was submitted in January to the Federal Emegency Management Agency (FEMA).  The Plan contains information regarding the type, location and extent of eight regularly occurring hazards in the Five County area and includes information on previous occurrences of hazard events and the likelihood of a future hazard event. The natural hazards identified in this plan are:  wildfire, flood, landslide, drought, severe weather, problem soils, earthquake and radon gas.

We are pleased to report that FEMA has completed its review and has approved the Plan, placing it in what is called "Approved Pending Adoption" status.  What is now needed is for all of the jurisdictions, who particpated in the development of the Plan, to formally adopt the Plan by resolution.  Association staff has sent out information on the Plan to all participating jurisdictions including how to adopt it. If there are any questions on the Plan and its adoption by your jurisdiction, contact Nate Wiberg, Five County Community Planner, at (435) 673-3548 ext. 105,  or via e-mail to  nwiberg@fivecounty.utah.gov


Click on this link: https://hazardmitigationplan.org/  to go to the special web site developed to present the Plan to the cities, towns, counties and the public

  NEW ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
Six times each year the Five County Association of Governments publishes a widely circulated and informative newsletter entitled "FIVE COUNTY NEWS FROM 'R' VIEW". The latest edition, the MARCH-APRIL 2017 EDITION, was mailed to county, city and town leaders and other individuals in our five county region, as well as to other regional, state and federal agencies.  You can also conveniently view the newsletter on this web site.  

Click HERE to go to the Association's newsletter page to view and/or download the latest edition of the newsletter.   (You can also view all past editions of the Association's newsletters on that same page).

 CONSOLIDATED PLAN ACTION PLAN DRAFT PREPARED
The Five County Association of Governments (FCAOG) has completed a draft document entitled  "Five County Consolidated Plan - One Year Action Plan July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018".  The Plan details this region's community development and housing needs and priorities, as well as strategies to meet those needs and priorities.

A thirty day public comment period commenced on Jan 31, 2017 and will end March 1, 2017. Anyone desiring to review the printed draft plan will find a copy in the lobby of the FCAOG office located at 1070 W. 1600 S., Bldg. B., St. George, UT, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Plan can also be viewed conveniently, as a PDF file, on this web site using this link:  http://www.fivecounty.utah.gov/programs/community/consolidated.php

A public hearing on the aforementioned Consolidated Plan document will be held in conjunction with the FCAOG Steering Committee meeting which begins at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Kane Co. Emergency Training Facility/Search & Rescue Building, 30 W. Airport Dr., Kanab, UT.   Information on the public hearing is available using this link:   https://www.utah.gov/pmn/sitemap/notice/369677.html


  COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY AVAILABLE    
Community Services Directory 2015 EditionThe popular Community Services Resource Directory for southwestern Utah is available. The Directory, published with Community Services Block Grant funding, is distributed through the Community Action Partnership of the Five County Association of Governments. While the Directory is targeted primarily to the under served population, many services apply to all levels of income and need. The Directory is available to view online or may be purchased. 

To view the Directory, please vist the H.E.A.T. and Community Action website at this link: http://fivecountycap.wordpress.com


  COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
Comprehensive Economic Development StrategyThe updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document for the Five County Association of Governments economic development region was submitted to U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration Denver Region and approved by that federal agency. For more information on the CEDS document, please contact Bryan Thiriot, Executive Director, Five County Association of Goverments, via e-mail: bthiriot@fivecounty.utah.gov or by telephone: (435) 673-3548.

Click HERE to view the approved CEDS Document.  (7.26MB PDF file)

  THE ASSOCIATION HAS A BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM
The Five County Association of Governments has a Revolving Loan Fund. The purpose of the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is to create permanent, long-term jobs within the southwestern region of Utah by providing gap financing to qualified businesses for eligible activities.  Loans made through the Revolving Loan Fund are intended to help bridge the gap created by shortfalls in commercial financing. Funds are repaid into the program and recycled to other businesses, thus allowing an on-going job creation program. Funds are available in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington County, Utah.

The Microloan Program focuses on loans of $25,000 or less. The importance of these loans lies in their ability to offset the difficulty that businesses experience in receiving traditional bank financing. If a candidate needs more than $25,000 they are encouraged to apply through the regular Five County Revolving Loan Fund which can provide gap financing in conjuction with a primary commercial lender. We can fund up to 50% of a project with up to $200,000 of RLF participation.

To find out more about these two loan funds, visit our seperate web site:   http://www.southernutahloans.com


As required by Utah Code the Five County Association of Governments publishes all of its public meetings on the "Utah Public Meeting Notice" (UPMN) web site.  

You can search for our meetings by date or subject keyword.  To locate all of the meeting announcement postings published on the UPMN site by the Five County Association of Governments you can use this link and use the "Advanced Search" tab. You will need to type in the word five into the "Entity" box, highlight the "Five County Association of Governments" link that comes up, select a date range you want to view and then click on the "Submit" button. It will then show all upcoming meetings scheduled by the Five County AOG in the date range you selected.

Alternatively, you can use this LINK, choose to Find a Notice, and select "Interlocal" for Government type, choose "Five County Association of Governments" for the Entity, and you will see the Public Body list with links to each of them.

Shown above are only the most recent announcements and/or news. To view all of the other news and happenings, please click HERE or on the  'News/Events' link found on this or any of our web pages. You can also use the link provided directly below:

Click Here for more info on other news and happenings at the Five County AOG.