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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.

The FRCOG offices will be CLOSED to the public on Wednesday July 17th, except by prior appointment, so that staff may participate in a day-long diversity, equity, and inclusion training.

Please contact us electronically or call and leave a message and we will be back in touch as soon as possible.

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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.

West Hawley Road (Rt. 8A) Dugway Public Input Process

West Hawley Road (Rt. 8A) Dugway Public Input Process

The FRCOG is working with the Town of Hawley to conduct a public input process to help the Town move…

Franklin County Regional Transportation Plan

Franklin County Regional Transportation Plan

Every four years, the FRCOG updates the Franklin County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a comprehensive accounting of transportation needs, issues,…

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Municipal Digital Equity Planning Services

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has rolled out its Municipal Digital Equity Planning program, which provides an opportunity for cities…

A Composite Image Of Four Distinct Housing Types. The Upper Left Corner Displays A Wood-sided Former Single-family House That Has Been Converted To A Two-family; The Upper Right Corner Displays A Brick Corner Building In Shelburne That Has Commercial Space On The First Floor, And Apartments On The Top Two Floors. The Lower Left Corner Shows A Ranch Home That Has Been Retrofitted With A Ramp To Make The Home Accessible. The Bottom Right Shows A "tiny Home" In Greenfield.

Housing Planning

Investment in new and existing housing is a critical need in rural towns, where a mismatch exists between current housing…

Rural Policy Advisory Commission

Rural Policy Advisory Commission

The FRCOG plays a leadership role in the MA Rural Policy Advisory Commission (RPAC). The RPAC was created by the…

Age & Dementia Friendly Communities

Age & Dementia Friendly Communities

By 2030 one in 5 people in the in US will be age 65 or older.  In Franklin County this…

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.…

Bicycling Planning

Bicycling Planning

Bicycling is an important part of the transportation system in Franklin County, and expanding local bicycling and walking links is…

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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