Regional Councils of Governments (COGs) in Connecticut
On June 6, 2022, the final Federal Register Final Notice for the change to county-equivalents was published.  This notice serves as a final response to all comments received to the Proposed Notice published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2020.  The Final Notice is the Census Bureau's final announcement that Connecticut's request will be implemented and urges all stakeholders to immediately prepare for any impacts related to the adoption of planning regions as county-equivalents on data collection.  Scroll down for more information.

 


Description

Connecticut’s nine (9) planning regions provide a geographic framework within which municipalities can jointly address common interests, and coordinate such interests with state plans and programs.  CGS Section 16a-4a authorizes the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) to designate or redesignate the boundaries of logical planning regions.

CGS Section 4-124j authorizes the member municipalities of each planning region to establish a formal regional governance structure known as a council of governments (COG).

Map of Regional Councils of Governments in Connecticut

2020 Census Population by Planning Region

 

County Equivalency

Background

In August 2019, Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary Melissa McCaw requested the U.S. Census Bureau’s approval of a proposal to recognize Connecticut’s nine planning regions as the statistical equivalent of counties for the purpose of tabulating and publishing future Census data.  Read Secretary McCaw's letter to the U.S. Census Bureau.

On December 14, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau published notice of the proposal in the Federal Register with the expectation that, following a 60-day public comment period, the proposal would be adopted and go into effect for all official Census Bureau statistical and geospatial data products starting in 2023. Upon such adoption, COGs will also be recognized as “county-equivalents” for the purpose of applying for federal grants that are open to counties.

On June 6, 2022, the final Federal Register Final Notice for the change to county-equivalents was published.  This notice serves as a final response to all comments received to the Proposed Notice published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2020.  The Final Notice is the Census Bureau's final announcement that Connecticut's request will be implemented and urges all stakeholders to immediately prepare for any impacts related to the adoption of planning regions as county-equivalents on data collection.

Federal Register Final Notice - June 6, 2022

Governor Lamont's Press Release - June 6, 2022

OPM Press Release — December 14, 2020

Federal Register Proposed Notice - December 14, 2020

FAQ Document

Story Map

Contacts:

Press/Media Inquiries – Chris Collibee  860-418-6296 Chris.Collibee@ct.gov

Municipal Inquiries – Martin Heft  (860) 418-6355; Martin.Heft@ct.gov

COG Inquiries – See list of COG Directors (below)

Census Data Inquiries – Michelle Riordan-Nold  (860) 937-9056; info@ctdata.org

 

For additional information, please visit:

Census State Data Center:  https://www.ctdata.org/state-data-center

U.S. Census Bureau:  https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/geography/technical-documentation/county-changes.html

 

COG Contact Information

Capitol Region Council of Governments
241 Main Street, 4th Floor
Hartford, Connecticut 06106-5310
Telephone: (860) 522-2217, ext. 232
Fax: (860) 724-1274
E-Mail: mhart@crcog.org
Website: www.crcog.org  
Executive Director:  Matthew Hart

Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments
1000 Lafayette Boulevard, Suite 925
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604-4902
Telephone: (203) 366-5405
Fax: (203) 366-8437
E-Mail: mfulda@ctmetro.org
Website: www.ctmetro.org
Executive Director: Matt Fulda

Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments
145 Dennison Road
Essex, Connecticut 06426
Telephone: (860) 581-8554
Fax: (860) 581-8543

E-Mail: sgold@rivercog.org
Website: www.rivercog.org
Executive Director: Sam Gold

Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
49 Leavenworth Street, Suite 303
Waterbury, Connecticut 06702
Telephone: (203) 757-0535
Fax: (203) 756-7688
E-Mail: rdunne@nvcogct.org
Website: www.nvcogct.org
Executive Director: Rick Dunne

Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
125 Putnam Pike (Route 12)
P.O. Box 759
Dayville, Connecticut 06241-0759
Telephone: (860) 774-1253
Fax: (860) 779-2056
E-Mail: john.filchak@neccog.org
Website: www.neccog.org
Executive Director: John Filchak

Northwest Hills Council of Governments
Suite A-1, 59 Torrington Road
Goshen, Connecticut 06756
Telephone: (860) 491-9884
Fax: (860) 491-3729
E-Mail:  RPhillips@northwesthillscog.org
Website: www.northwesthillscog.org
Executive Director:  Robert Phillips

South Central Regional Council of Governments
127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor West
North Haven, Connecticut 06473 - 1715
Telephone: (203) 234-7555
Fax: (203) 234-9850
E-Mail: camento@scrcog.org
Website: www.scrcog.org
Executive Director: Carl Amento

Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
5 Connecticut Avenue
Norwich, Connecticut 06360-4592
Telephone: (860) 889-2324
Fax: (860) 889-1222
E-Mail: akennedy@seccog.org
Website: www.seccog.org
Executive Director: James S. Butler

Western Connecticut Council of Governments
One Riverside Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Telephone and Fax: (475) 323-2060
E-Mail: fpickering@westcog.org

Website:
https://westcog.org/
Executive Director: Francis Pickering

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For further information, contact: 
Rebecca Augur
Intergovernmental Policy and Planning Division
Phone:  860-418-6343