A Regional Council is a voluntary association of local governments authorized by state law to make and implement joint regional decisions, provide management, planning and technical services to local governments, identify and solve short and long-term problems best addressed at the regional level, and bring together local elected officials on a regular basis, giving them an opportunity to form working relationships.Regional Councils are regarded as local governments without taxing or police authority.
How many Regional Councils are there in NC or in the US?
North Carolina is served by 16 regional councils.Regional councils have been operating in the state since 1972 to assist members in administration and planning and to proactively work on issues of regional interest.
Across the US, there are more than 500 regional councils, although naming conventions may differ by state.In some areas, they are known as Councils of Government (or COGs), Lead Regional Organizations (or LROs), or sometimes Planning Commissions or Planning Associations.
What area do you serve?
We serve NC’s region G – the Piedmont Triad Region – which consists of Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties.
Does my city, town, or county belong to the PTRC?
The PTRC is one of the largest regional councils in NC serving 74 member governments. Click here to view a listing of our members and the delegate to the PTRC.
How long has the PTRC been in existence?
We are celebrating 50 years of regionalism!
The Piedmont Triad planning region was initially formed as an eleven county area in 1968, known as the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments. It included Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties, and was based in Greensboro NC. Throughout the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, regional councils were primarily responsible for processing federal grants. In the late 1970’s, federal grant money decreased rather drastically. Regional councils of governments were forced to reevaluate their missions and become more nimble in responding to the needs of their members.
In large part due to the changing role of regional councils, the Piedmont Triad region split into two councils of government in 1979. The five westernmost counties – Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin – became the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments, and the six eastern counties -- Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham – continued to function as the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments.
In 2001, Governor Easley issued an Executive Order authorizing Montgomery County to be merged into the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments following the dissolution of the Pee Dee Council of Governments. The PTCOG became a 7 county planning region.
In 2010, talks began in earnest about merging the two councils of government in the Piedmont Triad. Local leaders realized that the political boundaries of the two separate COG’s no longer represented the functional and economic structure of the region, and that there needed to be a uniform approach to coordination and planning with the Piedmont Triad region. In an unparalleled show of regional cooperation and initiative, the region was officially reunited in July of 2011. Now, one regional council – the PTRC -- serves the entire 12 county area of the Piedmont Triad region of NC.
Who administers or oversees the PTRC?
The PTRC acts as a division of local government and is governed by a Board of Delegates and an Executive Committee. Each member of the PTRC appoints an elected official to serve on the Board of Delegates. The Board sets policy and appoints the Executive Director who manages the affairs of the PTRC. There are 74 members of the PTRC Board of Delegates.
The Executive Committee is composed of twenty eight delegates; one delegate from each member county and a delegate from one member municipality in each county. The cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Burlington (municipalities of 50,000 plus people) are also guaranteed a seat on the PTRC executive committee. The Executive Committee is authorized to act for the Council on all matters other than the adoption of the annual budget and the adoption of the annual program of work.
PTRC Officers for 2018 are:
Chairman, Steve Yokeley, Mount Airy
Vice Chairman, Kevin Austin, Yadkin County
Treasurer, Jimmy Blake, Biscoe
Secretary, Don Truell, Davidson County
Past Chair, Nate Hall, Caswell County
Matthew Dolge serves as Executive Director of the PTRC.
What types of programs does the PTRC administer?
The Piedmont Triad Regional Council serves its members and the citizens of the region by administering programs related to aging, criminal justice, housing, economic development, management services, regional planning, and workforce development. The PTRC is strongly service oriented and our programs are driven by membership needs. The PTRC employs approximately 70 full time staff members.
The PTRC budget is approximately $33.4 million with 75% of the revenue coming from federal sources. Another 17% of revenue comes from state sources, and the remaining 8% of funding is from local sources, including membership dues and fees for technical and management services. Our largest program is the Area Agency on Aging which passes through funds to counties and to non-profits for services to the elderly. The PTRC receives both state and federal funding for administering workforce development, housing, and criminal justice programs. Other state funding, typically in the form of grants, assists with regional planning and water resources programs
Where are you located?
The PTRC is located at 1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive in Kernersville. Our office is located just off of Highway 66 South in Kernersville, about a quarter of a mile south of Interstate 40.