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, 2018, marks the 46th 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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The Five County Association of Governments currently has an open position.  It is for a HUMAN RESOURCES/FISCAL SERVICES DIRECTOR. The Director is responsible for all human resource programs and functions in the agency. Performs a wide range of duties relative to the maintenance and processing of personnel records, payroll functions, and reports.  Coordinates benefits administration with management, benefit broker, and other departments.  Maintains high standards of confidentiality for all employee records and information. 

This person also performs a wide range of fiscal duties:  reviews bills for payment and prepares checks, allocates agency bills to various departments; files and scans checks and backs up to agency system; prepares annual 1099 tax forms; responsible for OSHA compliance reporting, monthly URS reporting, and quarterly UI reporting; receives and logs in all funds to AOG and prepares daily bank deposit.  This position is described in detail on our Human Resources page.  See link directly below.

Click HERE to go to our Human Resources page to view the complete job announcement and position description, as well as specific instructions on how to apply for this position.  The required Employment Application needs to be downloaded from that page.  Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

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, August 15, 2018.

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.

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.

The next meeting of the Caregiver Advisory Council will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Five County Association of Governments office building located at 1070 W. 1600 S., BLDG B; St. George, Utah.

Click HERE to view the meeting agenda and unapproved "draft" minutes of the previous meeting that are posted as required by Utah Law on the Utah Public Meeting Notice Website.

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 MAY-JUNE 2018 EDITION, has been mailed out 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 as a printable PDF file.  

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/print all past editions of the Association's newsletters on that same page.

The Five County Association of Governments (FCAOG) completed a draft document entitled "Five County Consolidated Plan - One Year Action Plan July 1, 2018 -June 30, 2019". The Plan details this region's community development and housing needs and priorities, as well as strategies to meet those needs and priorities.  

A public hearing on the aforementioned Consolidated Plan document was held in conjunction with the FCAOG Steering Committee on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in Kanab, UT. 
A 30 daypublic comment period commenced on January 29, 2018 and ended on February 28, 2018. The Plan was then presented to our governing body, the Steering Committee, at its March 14, 2018 meeting for their approval. At that time, the Plan was adopted by them.

The Plan can also be viewed, as a PDF file, on this web site using this link:

Each year the Five County Association of Governments has an independent audit of our organization conducted by a qualified public auditing firm.  The FY2017 Audit was just completed and the report presented to our governing body, the Steering Committee, for acceptance.

The FY2017 Audit Report is available for public review as a PDF scanned copy of by clicking on THIS LINK.

NHMPA 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 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 participated 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

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 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 visit the H.E.A.T. and Community Action website at this link:

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 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 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 conjunction 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 separate web site:

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 all about.