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2019-10-29 what the FCAOG is about.


  THE FIVE COUNTY AOG OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
In honor of our Nations Veterans the Association of Governments office will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019

Our offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday morning.

  THE NEXT STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING ON NOVEMBER 13TH
The next meeting of the Steering Committee, the governing body of the Five County Association of Governments, will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 beginning at 1:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at an alternate location from its previously scheduled loacation. It will be held at the Attwood Innovation Plaza, Dixie State University; 453 S. 600 E.; St. George, Utah.          

The Steering Committee is comprised of a county commissioner from each county in this region, a mayor's representative from within each county and an elected school board representative from each county's school district. 
Steering Committee meetings are public meetings and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.  A packet of materials is sent out for the meeting to all Steering Committee members.  That material is available to everyone, either on the Utah Public Meeting Notice web site, or directly through a link below here in this news item section.

This is an advanced notice of the change in location of the meeting. The agenda for the November 13, 2019 meeting has not yet been prepared. Once it is a link will be provided here to take you to the Utah Public Meeting Notice website that will provide access to the materials that will be sent to each Steering Committee member.

  FIVE COUNTY HEAT OFFICE AT NEW LOCATION IN ST. GEORGE
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 has relocated to a brand new location. It is now 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

  OPPORTUNITY ZONES DESIGNATED IN UTAH
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. 

  THE ASSOCIATION'S FY2018 AUDIT REPORT
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.


  NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN FOR REGION
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  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

  COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY AVAILABLE    
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: http://fivecountycap.wordpress.com


  COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
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: 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 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:  gzabriskie@fivecounty.utah.gov , 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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