The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is a joint governmental agency composed voluntarily of local governments in Washington State’s Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties and Oregon State’s City of Rainier and organized under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 39.34.10.
Its core purpose is to study regional and governmental problems of mutual interest and concern as established under RCW 36.64.080. Council of governments or regional councils are unique in that they are a legislative-formed and agency sanctioned for the specific purpose to bring federal, state and/or local governments together to address regional and long-range issues and come to cooperative resolutions. Specifically, CWCOG’s mission is to efficiently utilize resources at a regional level to yield long-term benefits that enhance the quality of life for our local communities.
Originally formed in 1961 as a regional planning commission under RCW 36.70.060, the CWCOG was re-organized in 1974 under RCW 36.64.080 as the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Governmental Conference and re-named Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments in 1992. Currently, the CWCOG Board of Directors represents 36 entities from counties, cities, towns, school districts, utility districts, ports, fire districts, economic development councils, water/sewer districts, a community college, and other non-profit agencies in or near Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.
It provides a forum for members to work together on issues which cross jurisdictional lines and require cooperative resolutions. In addition, the agency itself provides planning and technical services in the areas of transportation, economic development, community development, and project support to our members.