The San Luis Valley Council of Governments was organized in 2011 to promote regional cooperation and coordination among local governments and between levels of government for the geographic area comprising the counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache.
SLVCOG is based on the notion that people in the region form a single community and are bound together not only physically, but economically and socially. It is the purpose of SLVCOG, through its participating membership, staff, and programs, to provide local public officials with the means of responding more effectively to the local and regional issues of the San Luis Valley.
In order to assure the orderly and appropriate development of the region, and to provide for the needs of future generations, SLVCOG serves as an advisory coordinating agency to harmonize the activities of federal, state, county and municipal agencies within the Valley, and to render assistance and service, and create public interest and participation for the benefit of the region.
Among the initiatives and programs of the SLVCOG are:
- Launched San Luis Valley Great Outdoors and the development of the San Luis Valley Trails and Recreation Plan in 2014.
- Initiated the San Luis Valley Regional Broadband Strategic Plan to address the current state of broadband in the San Luis Valley and develop a plan for achieving better broadband service.
- Commissioned “Economic Impact Analysis and Regional Activity Tool for Alternative Irrigated Cropping in the San Luis Valley” by a research team from Colorado State University to address the possible effects of reduced crop production in the Valley due to reduced pumped irrigation.
- With funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, began the Economic Development Grant Program for SLVCOG members. This mini-grant program offers funding for small, economic development projects in municipalities and counties that are not a part of a regular budget.
Staff Contact: Kevin Wilkins, Executive Director