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, 2020, marks the 48th 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.

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Effective July 15, 2020, the Five County Association of Governments has launched an Emergency Small Business Grant Program in response to COVID-19. The goal of the program is to assist small businesses located in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington County (Excluding St. George City) that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Funding for the program is provided through the Utah State Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG program received additional funding to address COVID-19 through the recently passed CARES Act. Eligible businesses in Beaver, Garfield, Kane, and Washington County may apply for $5,000. Eligible businesses in Iron County may apply for $2,000.

Grant funds shall be utilized by businesses who are open or plan to reopen in compliance with State and County Health Orders. These funds are made available by an award from the CARES Act to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which requires beneficiaries to meet a Low to Moderate Income (LMI) standard.

The LMI standard can be met in any of the following three ways:
1.    The business owner is 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI), for businesses with five or less employees (owner included) only;
2.    Business employees are 80% or less AMI;
3.    Area that business serves is a LMI area. We will need documentation of your qualification.
  *Businesses with five or less employees including the owner only need to qualify the owner. Businesses with more than five employees need to qualify the employees.

There will be an attempt to aid as many businesses as possible, the filing of an application is not, nor should it be perceived to be, a guarantee of funding. Applicants should note that there is a set amount appropriated for these grants, and once this budgetary limit has been reached additional applications will not be considered.

Please read this accompanying PDF document that explains in more detail the program:  FCAOG-CDBG-CV-Info.pdf

Only after reading the full PDF above, use this link to apply:

Applications for this grant close on 08/07/2020

The next scheduled meeting of the District 5 Aging and Nutrition Services Advisory Council will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  The meeting will be held as a "virtual" Zoom meeting.  The virtual meeting is open to the public.    

Click HERE to view the Tuesday, July 28, 2020 District 5 Aging and Nutrition Services Advisory Council meeting Agenda as posted on the Utah Public Meeting Notice website. 

Materials sent to each Committee member can also be viewed/printed by the public on that site.  Be sure to bookmark the Five County AOG home page as a "favorite" so you can easily return here.

The next meeting of the Human Services Council of the Five County Association of Governments will be held beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

This meeting will be held as an Electronic Meeting using a video conference via GoToMeeting. The Board and the public is invited to particpate via the GoToMeeting weblink (information on participating electronically is on the Utah Public Meeting Notice website posting - see link directly below)  This meeting is open to the public to particpate. 

Click HERE to view the meeting Agenda, posted as required by Utah Law, on the Utah Public Meeting Notice Website.

Coronavirus Information The Five County Association of Governments and Southwest Area Agency on Aging remains open for business during this unprecedented time. However, because we service the most vulnerable populations, we have taken some precautions.

Wherever possible, our staff is conducting business over the telephone and via email. In-person meetings will take place by appointment only.  We are open to provide services to the public, and our office doors are now unlocked.  Those without appointments will receive information on how to make an appointment if staff cannot meet with them at the present time.

Please visit our various program websites for more information.  We look forward to continue to provide excellent service to the people in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane, and Garfield Counties.

Please call 435-673-3548 to set up an appointment, or have someone contact you.  Please give enough information so the receptionist who answers your call, or receives your voicemail message, knows who to direct it to. You should receive a response within one business day.

ethics The Utah Counties Indemnity Pool (UCIP) is our Association's "insurer".   A Fraud Tip Hotline has been established by UCIP, in cooperation with Lighthouse Services, LLC. This service has been set up for UCIP members, such as the Five County  Association of Governments, in order to provide their staff and citizens with easy access to report fraud, and keep government open and honest.

Fraud tips can be submitted four ways:
Website:  (available in English or Spanish)
Toll-Free Telephone:   • English – (877) 410-0007    • Spanish – (800) 216-1288
E-mail:  (must include our Association's name with report)
Fax: (215) 689-3885 (must include our Association's name with report)

The Five County Association of Governments (FCAOG) has completed two draft documents, one entitled the "Five County One Year Action Plan July 1, 2020 -June 30, 2021" and the other called the "Five County Consolidated Plan - 2020-2025" .  These HUD required plans detail 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 February 1, 2020 ended on March 2, 2020.

The Plans can also be viewed as PDF files, on this web site, using this link:

A public hearing on the aforementioned Consolidated Plan document, while it was a draft document, was held in conjunction with the FCAOG Steering Committee meeting back on February 12, 2020 in Kanab, Utah. The two Plans were both adopted at the March 11, 2020 meeting of the Steering Committee in Cedar City. 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the federal CARES Act,  the Five County Association of Governments  H.E.A.T. Program  have received additional funds for those that have been approved for the 2020 program year. 

You will need to contact the H.E.A.T. office directly and request this extra funding.  Please call them Monday-Thursday 7:00am to 6:00pm at telephone number (435) 652-9643 or email them at:

The Home Energy Assistance Target program, known as H.E.A.T., is a federally-funded energy assistance program. The goal of the program is to assist eligible individuals and families meet the higher costs of energy during the winter and summer.  The program typically runs from November 1 through September 30.  The Five County HEAT Program office in St. George provides assistance throughout the year (heating and cooling) for eligible clients in eligible areas. Because H.E.A.T. provides assistance ONCE every program season, it is important that families and individuals do all they can to keep their utility bills current and to conserve energy.

Click HERE to go to the HEAT Program web page.

The HEAT office in St. George is located at 1664 South Dixie Drive, Unit L-104. It is located in the same building unit as, and in between of, Sienna Pharmacy and the Park Law Firm. Click HERE for a Map to the "new" location

A provision from the tax cut legislation passed by by Congress in 2017 may have positive economic impacts in southwestern Utah, with investors incentivized to develop businesses in some of the area’s lowest-income neighborhoods.  Large swaths of Washington, Iron, Beaver and Garfield counties are among the places across Utah identified this summer as federally-recognized “Opportunity Zones” — areas designated where investors can avoid some taxes in exchange for funding new development.

The hope is that development creates jobs, reduces poverty and sets the groundwork for further economic growth in areas largely being left behind by the state's overall job growth.  This region, including even fast-growing Washington County, still ranks overall as a distressed regional economy, based on federal guidelines, thanks to low wages and a limited mix of businesses.

Click HERE to go to view a PDF map of this region's Opportunity Zone areas.  Click HERE to go to a web page with an interactive map of the nation that you can view all Opportunity Zones. 

Each year the Five County Association of Governments has an independent audit of our organization conducted by a qualified public auditing firm. The FY2019 Audit was completed by the Certified Public Accounting firm of Hafen-Buckner of St. George City, Utah and the report was presented to our governing body, the Steering Committee, for acceptance, which they did at their meeting on December 19, 2019.

The FY2019 Audit Report is available for public review as a PDF scanned copy of by clicking on THIS LINK.

NHMP A regional Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was 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. 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.

FEMA completed a review of the Plan and approved the Plan.  The 5-year Plan will be valid until early 2022.  All jurisdictions who participated in the development of the Plan formally adopted the Plan by resolution.  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

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

Community Services Directory 2015 Edition The 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 visit the H.E.A.T. and Community Action website at this link:

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy The 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 was approved by that federal agency. For more information on the CEDS document, please contact Bryan Thiriot, Executive Director, Five County Association of Governments, via e-mail: or by telephone: (435) 673-3548.

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

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 Five County Microloan Program focuses on loans of $50,000 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 business loan candidate needs more than $50,000 they are encouraged to apply through the regular Five County Revolving Loan Fund which can provide gap financing in conjunction with a primary commercial lender. In most circumstances we can fund up to 50% of an eligible business capital need with up to approximately $200,000 of RLF fund participation.

To find out more about these two loan funds, please contact Garz Zabriskie, Director of Community and Economic Development at: , or phone (435) 673-3548 ext. 126

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 "Associations of Governments" 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.

Click Here for more info on what the FCAOG is about.