The Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) is a voluntary organization of local governments in Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties of Upstate South Carolina. The organization began in 1965 as the Appalachian Advisory Commission, a 12-member board created to advise the Governor on the use of Appalachian Regional Commission funds.
Authorized by referendum, the Council of Governments system emerged in 1971. A 44-member Board of Directors sets policy for the Council of Governments. Two-thirds of the members are local elected officials, including state legislators, county council members, and mayors or city council members. County councils appoint the remaining citizen and minority members. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management, running the day-to day operations and delegating specific responsibilities to department directors and staff.
In the years since 1971, the ACOG has evolved into a multifaceted service organization for local governments, providing public administration, planning, information systems and technology, grants, workforce development, and services for the elderly population. The ACOG works in close collaboration with our community partners towards building a competitive economy and promoting healthy, livable communities that preserve our residents’ quality of life.
Funding for ACOG’s programs and services comes from a variety of sources, including grants from federal and state agencies as well as dues from member local governments. Major federal funding sources include the Appalachian Regional Commission, Economic Development Administration, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and Older Americans Act. In 2017, approximately 75% of ACOG revenue came from federal sources, allowing us to provide many services at no charge. We encourage all community partners in our region to utilize this funding.
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