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2019-01-10 what the FCAOG is all about.

The Five County Association of Governments currently has an open position.  It is for an OMB/SHIP/SMPProgram Specialist. The Program Specialist for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (OMB), Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) performs a variety of professional duties related to the administration of these three programs.  He/she will support the activities of the LTC Ombudsman to include providing advocacy services to residents in long-term care facilities.

This position will be at the Five County Association of Governments' main office in St. George.  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, January 15, 2019.

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. 

Five times each year the Five County Association of Governments publishes a widely circulated and informative newsletter entitled "FIVE COUNTY NEWS FROM 'R' VIEW".  The newsletter is published five times each year with the following editions: January-February, March-April, May-June, September-October and November-December.  A Newsletter edition is not published during the summer months of July-August.

The latest edition, the SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 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 FY2018 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.

The FY2018 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 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, 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.

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