Michiana Area Council of Governments
Executive Director: James Turnwald
South Bend, IN;
St. Joseph Co.
MACOG represents two urbanized areas, the Elkhart-Goshen Urbanized Area and the South Bend Urbanized Area. MACOG's area of representation (1,384 square miles with 22 cities and towns and 29 townships) also includes St. Joseph County, Marshall County, and Elkhart County including the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, and Plymouth. MACOG also provides some services to the Niles, Michigan area.
MACOG is charged with the responsibility of promoting an efficient and effective intermodal transportation system. MACOG's programs include, but are not limited to transit, rail, highways, asset management, air and water quality, livable communities, community development, and active transportation. In addition to developing and implementing a 20-year Transportation Plan (TP) and a three-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), MACOG maintains a full line of traffic surveillance, conducts traffic counts, analyzes accident data, develops corridor and sub-area analysis, completes a railroad crossing inventory, and provides technical research and assistance to local officials. MACOG administers a five-route bus service, known as the Interurban Trolley in the cities of Elkhart and Goshen, as well as the Interurban Trolley Access, a paratransit service within one and a half miles on either side of the Trolley routes.
In addition to transportation planning, MACOG serves as a broad range planning forum for decision makers, local elected officials, and planning agencies. For instance, as a state affiliate U.S. Census data center, MACOG staff provide officials and citizens in the region with census information. MACOG assists in the management of a regional Geographic Information System (GIS) for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties, known as maps.macog.com. Additionally, on behalf of the region’s highest elected officials and community stakeholders, MACOG serves as the Economic Development District for north central Indiana. MACOG is responsible for managing and updating the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that seeks to enhance north central Indiana's quality of life through strategic economic development initiatives. Other recent topics of interest have included cell phone tower siting standards, fiber optics, and global positioning systems (GPS).
MACOG also provides staff to the St. Joseph River Basin Commission (SJRBC). SJRBC works on water quality planning throughout the River Basin in Indiana. The Commission includes representatives from Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, St. Joseph, and Steuben Counties. SJRBC is the recipient of various grant funds related to the Clean Water Act, coordinated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
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