Providing responsive service and leadership to our municipal members and community partners through regional cooperation and collaboration.
Located in the historic city of Portland, Maine and founded in 1969, the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is a voluntary non-profit organization with a distinguished history of service to the municipalities, public service agencies, and citizens of the Greater Portland region. GPCOG’s members include 26 municipalities and stretching from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County, and the County of Cumberland. Click here for a complete member list. Organized pursuant to state enabling legislation, GPCOG is governed through a Board of Directors composed of elected and appointed officials from its membership. Click here to learn more about GPCOG Governance. Through its professional staff and guided by a set of Sustainability Principles as adopted by the GPCOG Board in September 2008, GPCOG offers a range of planning and municipal services and programs in the following areas:
- Transportation Planning including support services for the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) known as the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS)
- Cooperative Services
- Data Center, including U.S. Census
- Economic & Community Development services through the Mobilize Maine initiative
- Revolving Loan Fund Programs for small business startup and expansions and Brownfields remediation
- Regional Corridor Coalitions
- Mapping and GIS
- Meeting facilitation
- Issues forums
GPCOG programs and services are funded through a combination of member dues, service fees, and state and federal grants. Member dues represent about 8% of GPCOG’s total annual budget.