Stanly County, Lake Tillery
Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) is located in the Central Piedmont of North Carolina and encompasses nine counties and 74 municipalities, representing almost two million people and headquartered in the City of Charlotte. That number is projected to grow to at least 3.5 million people 20 years from now. The Centralina region has been one of the most dynamic in the Southeast. Growth is spiraling outward from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County into surrounding counties following the completion of interchanges on I-485 in Southeast Mecklenburg County as well as an extensive public utility infrastructure network in Mecklenburg County. The I-485 interchanges gave regional residents significantly improved access to the Centralina region.
Centralina Council of Governments is a voluntary organization of municipal and county governments serving the Greater Charlotte region. Formed in 1968, CCOG is one of 16 regional councils in North Carolina established by the General Assembly to meet the region’s needs on a wide range of governance issues. CCOG serves a 9-county area including Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union.
CCOG assists local governments in coordinating for sound regional development and provides a forum to address issues best handled through regional cooperation, planning and action. CCOG provides a variety of services for our region including the administration of state and federal grants in the areas of aging, workforce development, economic development and planning. Centralina COG also provides technical assistance services to local government members and other organizations in the areas of: regional planning, transportation, energy and environment, local government assistance, and business resources.
CCOG is dedicated to helping this region find innovative solutions to both existing and future challenges facing Greater Charlotte and to unifying the region’s collective resources to help grow the economy and jobs, improve the quality of life and control the cost of government.