Posted by Terry Everett on Mar 27, 2019
     Eric Bridges, Texoma Council of Governments Executive Director, explained what they are all about.  He pointed out that a big part of his responsibility at TCOG is to function as the organization's official ambassador.  Eric has been involved in regional community development his whole professional life since graduating from college.
     Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) is a voluntary association of local governments in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson Counties that works directly with citizens and local jurisdictions to improve and advance economic vitality and quality of life in Texoma. In collaboration with our public and private sector partners, TCOG delivers various programs and services designed to support the health, welfare, and future of our citizens, our communities, and the region as a whole.
     TCOG employees work hand-in-hand with elected officials and community leaders to develop sustainable and economically viable community and regional development solutions. Many projects are funded through a state or federal funding allocation to the region.
Better Leaders Building Better Lives is their vision to build quality of life in a more meaningful and more sustainable way for all Texomans. It is their game plan for bringing additional resources to our region; for growing T           TCOG and expanding their services and programs; for making life better for more people. This effort is essential, as growth and progress in Texoma will ultimately be measured by the quality of life they offer.
Building quality of life requires inspired leaders who can see a bigger vision; committed leaders who believe the vision will be achieved; and courageous leaders who endure challenges, overcome obstacles, and transform the vision into reality. TCOG is dedicated to building quality of life through inspired, committed, and courageous leadership.
     TCOG facilitates the distribution of federal and state Homeland Security Funds, Criminal Justice Grants, and rural Community Development Block Grants.  TCOG conducts household hazardous waste collections, recycling and composting demonstration projects using the region's municipal solid waste disposal fee allocation.  
     Their annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is set for Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Grayson Cooke & Fannin Counties.  To find the location in each county and see a list of what they accept visit their website at www.tcog.com.
     TCOG also provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support to rural communities to help enhance planning, zoning and other development related decisions.  GIS is an essential emergency management tool, and many local emergency managers, 911 dispatchers, fire fighters, and law enforcement officers take advantage of this service.  TCOG also offers training, strategic planning and project management services.  
     In addition to the work they perform for our cities and counties, TCOG provides a vast array of direct social services, including Section 8 Rental Assistance, Benefits Counseling, Care Coordination for the elderly and disabled, Caregiver Support services, Senior Volunteer Programs, Employment and Education support, Utility Assistance, Home Weatherization, Comprehensive Information & Referral Assistance to seniors, individuals with disabilities and low-income families.  They are very emphatic and giving everyone the personal touch they deserve.
     Collectively, through the planning and development services offered to the cities and counties as well as the direct social services provided to citizens, TCOG has played a crucial role in the growth and development of the Texoma region since 1968.  An Economic Impact Analysis conducted back in 2012, estimated TCOG's overall impact in the region at $36 million.