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Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is a regional service organization serving the 26 municipalities of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

The former county government was abolished in 1997 and reestablished as a voluntary membership organization. Today the FRCOG operates 12 programs with more than 50 staff. Our annual operating budget is approximately $5 million. The organization’s focus is overseen and directed by a 29-member Council.

Welcome to the FRCOG's New Website!

We have updated our site to include new colors and branding, but more importantly, the new website includes:

  • Enhanced descriptions of programs and services
  • Greater search functionality
  • A more robust publications interface

Our services remain the same, but they are now categorized differently.  We hope you take the time to explore the website, and perhaps learn more about us along the way!

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These wayfinding links will be replaced with new content in Spring 2023. If you use these resources frequently, we encourage you to note the new locations and bookmark them now.


Vendors can find upcoming projects out for bid, instructions on how to prepare and submit a bid, and other related materials here.

Building Permits & Inspections

Find information about Building, Plumbing, and Electrical permits and construction inspections here.

Public Health Permits and Inspections

Apply online for public health permits, public health licenses, to request a septic inspection, submit a septic plan for review, or schedule a perc test here.

Radio System Trouble Ticket

If you experience an issue while using the new UHF 800MHz system or the old UHF 450 MHz system in Franklin County, use this form to let us know.

Covid 19 Resources

Find information about Covid-19 testing, vaccine, and management here.

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Advancing Racial Justice In Schools

The Communities that Care Coalition, staffed by our Partnership for Youth, has a 5-year grant to address racial justice in…

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Franklin County Water and Wastewater Study

Using grant funds from an U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), FRCOG hired the consulting firm Tighe & Bond, Inc. to…

Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan For Franklin County

Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan for Franklin County

Managing stormwater runoff is increasingly difficult with climate change and the more frequent and intense storm events we are experiencing.…

Motorola Radio

Emergency Communications System

The FRCOG oversees a regional interoperable communications system linking police, fire, emergency medical services, and dispatch communications throughout and beyond…

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Regional Pollinator Plan

Native pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, bats and hummingbirds.  Pollinators are vital to plant reproduction and plant…

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Passenger Rail

The investment of nearly $125 million from the Federal Railroad Administration beginning in 2010 has led to the upgrade of the Connecticut River…

Service Areas

icon for Advocacy service areaThe FRCOG works to represent the needs of the region with one voice, and the scale of our advocacy changes according to need. Our advocacy may focus on specific issues or a particular project, or address the best interest of a sub-region in the county, the needs of Franklin County overall, or the needs of rural communities throughout the Commonwealth.  We often advocate for the needs of Franklin County, both at the state  and federal levels, through partnerships with other mission-driven organizations.

Climate Resilience & Land Use

icon for Climate Resilience service areaClimate resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate. Improving climate resilience involves assessing how climate change will create new risks and alter current risks, and then taking steps to better address them. The FRCOG provides technical assistance and planning to our member municipalities in planning with respect to land use in a way that protects our environment, conserves natural resources, and provides for community needs, such as transportation, housing, recreation, as well as municipal vulnerability preparedness, hazard mitigation and green energy.

Community Health

icon for Community Health service areaOur community health efforts focus on enhancing the conditions that contribute to a population’s physical and mental health and well-being through a variety of collaborative projects including youth substance abuse prevention, racial equity and social justice, and heathy aging.

Economic Development

icon for Economic Development service areaEconomic development refers to the processes by which the economic well-being of a region is improved, ranging from supporting new and existing businesses to developing greater economic opportunity in the region. FRCOG economic development activities support area businesses and municipal downtowns or centers to thrive and expand through collaboration with strategic partners such as the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, or the Chamber of Commerce. We also focus on regional efforts that stimulate the economy by addressing large-scale infrastructure processes.

Emergency Preparedness

icon for Emergency Preparedness service areaFRCOG’s Emergency Preparedness efforts increase capacity for emergency response through preparedness activities including planning, training, and exercising at all levels of local government and healthcare. The FRCOG does this through the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC), and the Emergency Preparedness Program.

Shared Municipal Services

icon for Municipal Services areaAs a Council of Governments, the FRCOG creates shared services programs that allow our member municipalities to achieve efficiency by sharing resources, such as our Town Accounting Program, our Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program, and our Cooperative Public Health Service. Similarly, the FRCOG offers municipal services such as collective procurement and bid services, that member towns can access as needed.


icon for Transportation service areaTransportation touches all our lives every day, whether you are driving to the store, biking to school, taking the bus to work, or navigating curbs and sidewalks on foot or with an assisted mobility device. We know that for you and our communities to thrive, we need transportation that is safe, efficient, and equitable.

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