What we do
TCAG is committed to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors throughout Tulare County. We prove our commitment by addressing congestion using a preventative approach. We coordinate regional transit programs to make getting around easy and convenient. We have improved air quality and strive to continue to meet national standards. We responsibly use the extra hard earned tax dollars that the people of Tulare County bring in to us from the passage of Measure R under the supervision of the board and citizen’s review committee. We address current and future rail needs and possibilities with a forward thinking approach. We gather important data which is used by the census and the public to properly forecast housing and transit needs. We also manage the abandoned vehicle program for the county, and do a whole lot more. We are thrilled to be a part of one of the largest agricultural centers in the world, and are preparing the region for forecasted growth predicted to make Tulare County the fastest growing region in California. And in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced t-uh-l-AI-r-ee county.
Who we represent:
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AVA – Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Authority – The AVA is made up of local elected officials that oversee local efforts to abate abandoned vehicles. This includes collecting and distributing funds.
COG – Council of Governments – A Council of Governments delivers a wide variety of federal, state and local programs. Through technical assistance and collaboration with local governments, COG’s provide a regional perspective to support member agencies and activities. This includes transportation impact fees, lobbying, and mitigation banking.
LC – Local Clearinghouse – An LC is a state designated center for handling state grants, which includes circulating notices and collecting comments, followed by reporting to the TCAG Board.
MPO – Metropolitan Planning Organization – An MPO is a federally designation for a policy making body made up of local and transportation agencies. It is linked to a metropolitan area of over 50,000 people and is responsible for the distribution of federal transportation funds, as well as planning for transit, housing, air quality, and modeling.
RDC – Regional Data Center – An RDC is a state designated center for handling and coordinating census activity. This includes providing data to interested agencies and tracking annual projections.
RTPA – Regional Transportation Planning Agency – An RTPA is a state designation for a policy-making body made up of local and transportation agencies. The RTPA administers the adoption of the Regional Transportation Plan, the Regional Housing Needs Allocations, the Regional Bicycle Plan, bus service, unmet transit needs and Transit Development Plans.
TA – Transportation Authority – The Tulare County TA was created with the passage of Measure R, a sales tax designated to fund transportation projects in the region. The TA manages Measure R activity.
History of TCAG
The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) was formed by a joint powers agreement in 1971. The eight incorporated cities and the County of Tulare executed the agreement. The purpose of this formation was to:
-Assist local jurisdictions in obtaining federal assistance by providing advice, counsel, and professional direction
-Review and coordinate applications for programs utilizing federal funding
-Provide a clearinghouse for the coordination and review of all state funded projects
In 1982, TCAG was designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Tulare County. That designation gave TCAG the responsibility for the “continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive (3-Cs) planning process” in the Visalia Urbanized Area. This, along with responsibilities as Tulare County’s Council of Governments, Transportation Authority, and the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, provides TCAG with a unique opportunity to represent the region in many different forums.
ABOUT THE COUNTY
Centrally located within the State of California, Tulare County is situated in a delightful and geographically – diverse region. The County includes an area of 4,863 square miles. Mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada range rise to more than 14,000 feet in its Eastern half. Meanwhile, the extensively cultivated and very fertile valley floor in the Western half, has allowed Tulare County to become the second-leading producer of agricultural commodities in the United States. In addition to substantial packing / shipping operations, light and medium manufacturing plants are increasing in number and are becoming an important factor in the County’s total economic picture.
The County has a growing population of 451,977. The Eastern half of the County is comprised primarily of public lands within the Sequoia National Park, National Forest, and the Mineral King, Golden Trout, and Domelands Wilderness areas. Opportunities for all-season outdoor recreation include: hiking, water and snow skiing, fishing, and boating.
Visalia, the County seat, is the gateway to Sequoia National Park and a variety of recreational activities. The city, with a population of 127,081 is within a four hour drive of either San Francisco or Los Angeles, and a 2-1/2 hour drive of California’s central coastline. Its family-oriented lifestyle and affordable housing have proven attractive to people from all areas of the state and country.