What Does SCOG Do?

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) is a voluntary organization of local governments whose purpose is to foster a cooperative effort in resolving problems, policies and plans that are common to the membership and regional. The SCOG Board of Directors is the governing body of SCOG, and is comprised of elected officials from the following jurisdictions:

  • City of Anacortes
  • City of Burlington
  • City of Mount Vernon
  • City of Sedro Woolley
  • Port of Anacortes
  • Port of Skagit
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Samish Indian Nation
  • Skagit County
  • Skagit PUD
  • Skagit Transit
  • Town of Concrete
  • Town of Hamilton
  • Town of La Conner
  • Town of Lyman

The SCOG Board of Directors meets monthly to discuss regional issues and make administrative decisions regarding the Skagit Council of Governments.

Transportation

SCOG is a regional transportation planning resource that facilitates, advocates and educates through technical and professional expertise, public outreach, grants and other funding opportunities. SCOG is the Regional Transportation Planning Organization, as enabled by Washington state law, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization, as enabled by federal law.

SCOG works with State and Federal legislators to inform them about our funding needs for transportation related projects and programs in Skagit County.

SCOG is a participant in the North Sound Connecting Communities Project (“Farmhouse Gang”), a regional transportation group consisting of participants from across Skagit, Island, Snohomish, San Juan and Whatcom counties.

Regional Planning

SCOG serves as a forum for Skagit County jurisdictions to come together and form a regional voice. Issues with regional implications can be discussed and addressed through the Skagit Council of Governments.

Growth Management

SCOG is the administrator for the Growth Management Act coordination process in Skagit County.  More information on SCOG’s role in this process, including administration of Growth Management Act committees in Skagit County, can be found on the Growth Management tab of SCOG’s website.

Economic Development

Revolving Loan Fund

The Revolving Loan Fund financially assists start-up and existing business in Skagit County for retaining and creating jobs. The funds (grants) come from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) program and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This translates to well over 1500 jobs we have helped save or create in Skagit County.

Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

SCOG prepares and houses the Skagit County Community Economic Development Strategy. This plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive statement of plans for countywide economic growth and development.