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The 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.

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Monday, January 16, 2023 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King was an American Baptist minister and activist…

FRCOG updates the Franklin County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) every four years. The RTP is a comprehensive accounting of transportation…

The next two public hearings of the Western Massachusetts Passenger Rail Commission will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. The…

Massachusetts will be creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretariat…

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Amtrak Train Pulling Up To The Greenfield Station.

Western Massachusetts Passenger Rail Commission

A Commission to study potential operation, governance and maintenance of expanded passenger rail in central and western Massachusetts was created by the Legislature in 2022.  The FRCOG has a seat…

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Museum on Main Street

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street, in partnership with Mass Humanities, are sponsoring a travelling exhibit “Crossroads: Changes in Rural America” through 2023. Launched in 1994, Museum on Main Street…

Rural Schools Report Cover - Shows Image Of An Empty Student Desk.

MA Special Commission on Rural School Districts

The report of the Commission on the Fiscal Health of Rural School Districts, “A Sustainable Future for Rural Schools” comprehensively documents how regional differences have translated into students in rural…

FRCOG Staff Member Phoebe Walker Speaking At ARPA Hearing Press Conference.

Transformation of the Local Public Health Structure in MA

For the last six years the FRCOG has been involved in a statewide movement to improve the local public health infrastructure. Currently Massachusetts has the most decentralized local public health…

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Rural Policy Advisory Commission

The FRCOG plays a leadership role in the MA Rural Policy Advisory Commission (RPAC). The RPAC was created by the legislature in 2015, and is governed under M.G.L. Chapter 23A:…

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Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA)

The Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies is a formal organization with established bylaws that consists of the state’s 13 regional regional planning agencies, of which the FRCOG is one.…

Recent Publications

The FRCOG staff have participated in the development of publications advocating on behalf of Franklin County and rural communities. Here are links to the most recent publications.

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