What is SMCOG?
The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) is a voluntary association of local governments in the ten-county area of southwest Missouri. For many communities in the southwest Missouri region, the need for planning services is great since many towns and counties do not have professional planning resources, yet are facing many significant development issues. Through membership in SMCOG, such communities have access and facilities that would otherwise
What do we do?
Established in May of 1989, SMCOG offers a unique set of programs at the local and regional level. The purpose of the Council is to promote area-wide dissemination of information regarding issues and problems and to provide technical and advisory services for community betterment.
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SMCOG serves the ten southwest Missouri counties in the Springfield area. These include Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties. SMCOG is one of 19 active regional planning organizations throughout Missouri.
What makes SMCOG different from other Council of Governments?
SMCOG is administered and operated through the Center for Resource Planning and Management at Missouri State University. SMCOG is the only regional council in Missouri affiliated with a university. Through this unique partnership, SMCOG has access to a wide variety of resources and technical assistance at the university. SMCOG's interaction with Southwest Missouri's local governments enhances Missouri State's Public Affairs Mission.
Where does SMCOG get their funding?
SMCOG operates under a variety of funding sources from the local, state and federal levels. Local revenues are derived from membership fees and charges for extra or special services such as local planning, grant administration, or technical contracts.
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