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2020-07-10 what the FCAOG is about.

The Five County Association of Governments (FCAOG) is currently accepting applications for a Human Resources (H.R.) Director. The H.R. Director will ensure the agency follows all federal and state employment laws and best practices as well as the FCAOG policies and procedures. If you are detail-oriented with strong office administration skills, consider joining one of Southern Utah’s best teams! Apply today!

Click HERE to go to our Human Resources page to view the complete job announcement and position description, application deadlines, as well as specific instructions on how to apply, for this position.  The required Employment Application needs to be downloaded from that page.  You can also contact our Human Resources Director (her contact info is on that page) for additional information.

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. Though we are open to provide services to the public, our office doors will remain locked during business hours. Those with in-person appointments will receive information on how to be admitted to the building.

We will also continue to operate as a VITA tax preperation site in order to help people prepare their income taxes. Appointments for this service must be scheduled at  and the location selected should be the Five County Association of Governments.

Please visit our various program websites for more information or call 435-673-3548. We look forward to continue to provide excellent service to the people in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane, and Garfield Counties.

You may also e-mail us at  to set up an appointment, or have someone contact you. Please give enough information in your e-mail so the receptionist that receives your e-mail 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.

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