While in Shawnee the Commerce team was able to meet with David Hinkle, Executive Director for Central Oklahoma Economic Development District (COEDD), and Pat McCormick, CDBG & EDA Director. CEODD is one of 11 COGS (Councils of Government). There are 11 COGS throughout Oklahoma that work with the Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils (OARC) to advance regional issues and advocate for communities and local government members throughout the state.
- Foster regional collaboration among local governments, business interests and community representatives, as well as coordinate intergovernmental partnerships among federal, state and local officials
- Craft comprehensive regional development strategies that result in local job creation and wealth creation initiatives
- Prepare locally-driven metropolitan transportation plans and investment programs, as well as deliver quality and affordable regional public transportation services
- Translate local plans and projects into reality by helping secure financing, navigate complex state and federal requirements and maintain project financing in an accountable and transparent manner
- Offer gap financing, start-up assistance and expansion capital to entrepreneurs and businesses struggling to secure traditional bank financing
- Help local communities comply with federal and state terrorism and emergency preparedness requirements, as well as provide leadership and coordination services to help address rural fi re protection needs
- Deliver and administer essential human service programs, such as housing ownership and rehabilitation, elder care and youth development services
- Secure and leverage resources to build and upgrade basic public infrastructure, while remaining strong stewards of the state’s diverse and changing environment
Commerce partners with COG to distribute CENA, REAP, Capital Improvement Planning and all 11 COG’s have certified administrators that assist with CDBG Grants.