Learn about the Capital Area Council of Governments - a voluntary association working as a regional advocate, planner, coordinator and service provider - established under state Local Government Code, Chapter 391.
From emergency communications to economic development, some things just make sense for collaboration at the regional level, and the Capital Area Council of Governments helps make that happen every day.
Formed in 1970 and one of 24 councils of governments in Texas, CAPCOG for more than 45 years has served as an advocate, planner and coordinator on important regional issues in the 10-county Austin metropolitan area.
With more than 90 member governments and organizations, including cities, counties, school and appraisal districts, utilities, chambers of commerce and more, CAPCOG has helped the region recognize opportunities for cooperation and eliminate unnecessary duplication in emergency communications, elderly assistance, law enforcement training, criminal justice planning, solid waste reduction, homeland security planning, infrastructure development, transportation planning and economic development.
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> Learn about doing business with CAPCOG.
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> Get a list of of all Texas regional councils of governments.
CAPCOG Executive Committee
The 29-member Executive Committee, CAPCOG's governing body, comprises city and county elected officials and four nonvoting state legislator seats nominated and selected annually to serve from January through December, providing direction to CAPCOG staff on program implementation, budgets, contracts and general policies and procedures for managing the agency. Members meet the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.
CAPCOG General Assembly
CAPCOG's General Assembly is composed of the official representatives of all member organizations, including cities and counties as well as school districts, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and any other organization that has an interest in COG programs and regionalism in general. The population of the cities and counties determine how many General Assembly representatives and at-large seats they may fill.
The General Assembly meets at least twice per year and is responsible for approving the CAPCOG annual budget and amendments to the CAPCOG bylaws as well as approving to approve/appoint members to CAPCOG’s Executive Committee. In late summer, the General Assembly elects a Nominating Committee charged with soliciting and recommending membership on the Executive Committee at the General Assembly's annual meeting in December.
CAPCOG Advisory Committees
CAPCOG advisory committees meet regularly in the interest of providing advice and recommendations to the Executive Committee on CAPCOG’s various programs. Some of the committees are required by state or federal funding agencies. Others have been created by CAPCOG with the interest of providing venues for participation and input.
Committees whose members are appointed by the Executive Committee include the following:
- Aging Advisory Council (AAC)
- Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)
- Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC)
- Geographic Information Systems Planning Council (GISPC)
- Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF)
- Law Enforcement Education Committee (LEEC)
CAPCOG also has committees primarily comprising elected officials from the region. The membership of these committees is established by bylaws and is not appointed by CAPCOG’s Executive Committee:
- Clean Air Coalition (CAC)
- Capital Area Economic Development District (CAEDD)
- Capital Area Emergency Communications District (CAECD)
- Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO)