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As the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Kern County, Kern COG is responsible for developing and updating a variety of transportation plans and for allocating the federal and state funds to implement them.
Although regional transportation planning is its primary role, Kern COG also functions as the state-designated Census Data Center Affiliate for the Kern Region and the Kern Motorist Aid Authority, which operates emergency call boxes on county highways. Kern COG also provides leadership in the development of geographic information systems in local government.
Kern COG has published a Roles and Responsibilities Manual that explains many of these duties in more detail.
Following Board direction, staff coordinates between local, state, and federal agencies to avoid overlap or duplication of programs. This intergovernmental coordination enables staff to work with many public agencies to ensure that planning and implementation of programs proceed in a coordinated manner.
Kern COG is one of 8 MPOs that make up the San Joaquin Valley Policy Council.
Primary Funding Sources:
Federal and state transportation funds
Twelve: the County and 11 incorporated cities in Kern County
The Board of Directors is comprised of 1 elected official from each of the 11 incorporated cities in Kern County, 2 Kern County Supervisors, 1 ex-officio member representing Caltrans District 6, and 1 ex-officio member representing Golden Empire Transit District.
CALCOG Board Representative:
Bob Smith, Council Member, City of Bakersfield