Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
City of Albuquerque (Administration)
City of Albuquerque (City Council)
Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
Albuquerque Public Schools
City of Belen
Town of Bernalillo Bernalillo County
Village of Bosque Farms
Village of Corrales
Village of Cuba
Town of Edgewood
Village of Encino
Town of Estancia
Village of Jemez Springs
Pueblo of Laguna
Village of Los Lunas
Los Lunas Public Schools
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
City of Moriarty
Town of Mountainair
Town of Peralta
City of Rio Rancho
Rio Rancho Public Schools
Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control
Village of Tijeras
University of New Mexico
Village of Willard
Kirtland Air Force Base
Federal Highway Administration
New Mexico Department of Transportation
Pueblo of Santa Ana
Valley Improvement Association
(See the MRCOG Board of Directors for appointee names)
Services Provided for Member Agencies
direct and indirect
Data and Technical Assistance:
- Socio economic data: We offer extensive data on our website including demographic profiles, detailed community characteristics, and small area population and employment forecasts. Datasets include census data, commuting data, land use inventories and building permits. We provide custom services to member governments upon request including population estimates and forecasts, economic data, and land use mapping. We also provide technical assistance to member governments in accessing publicly available datasets and online tools.
- Traffic Counts and Safety Analysis: We offer traffic counts at all major roads in Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance, Sandoval and southern Santa Fe counties. We offer volume, distribution of traffic, vehicle miles travelled, vehicle hours travelled, crash data, bicycle and pedestrian counts, and more.
- Transportation Accessibility Model: We provide areas accessible by driving, walking, bicycling and transit based on a given location, time limit, and forecasted or posted speeds. We offer alternative bus route analysis, connectivity analysis, and environmental justice analysis.
- Travel Demand Forecasts: We provide forecasting using the regional transportation model, which predicts travel demand for autos, public transit, bicycles, and walk trips. Data can be analyzed for peak hour characteristics or to identify trends. We can also provide detailed traffic studies to members to help agencies with transportation decisions.
- Geographic Information Systems Mapping: We provide detail mapping data from the region, digital aerial photography, digital or hard copies of maps, and special geographic analyses.
- Maps, Publications and Resource Documents: We have hundreds of maps, publications, and resource documents online for free or in print. These maps and publications are often useful for other planning projects in the region and can save agencies money by reducing redundancy in planning efforts.
- Pedestrian Composite Index: We offer pedestrian market analysis based on regional indicators.
Facilities and General Support:
- MRCOG Facilities: We provide meeting space and rooms, electronic equipment, projectors, phones, wireless access and more for use by member agencies.
- Workforce Facilities: We provide meeting space and rooms, electronic equipment, computers and training equipment for use by businesses in the region. We also have training and interview rooms.
- Public relations and marketing: We help promote individual member agencies through news releases, online surveys, an annual report, graphic design work, brochures, advertisements, websites, email newsletters, and dozens of news feeds and social networking sites. We've also provided TV and radio scripting and voice-overs for regional TV and radio ads. We can advise on public relations and marketing.
- Grant writing and capital outlay: We can provide data and advise on grant writing and capital outlay.
- Lobbying: We have lobbyists in Santa Fe and Washington D.C. and can help support member agency issues.
- Legislation: We can provide analysis and help draft legislation.
- Procurement: We can coordinate and advise on procurement.
Planning Services and Training:
- Ongoing Transportation Studies: We conduct dozens of studies that benefit all agencies in the region. We also administer dozens of boards and committees to provide public oversight of these plans. Plans include a long range metropolitan transportation plan, a short range transportation plan, a rural transportation plan, and a coordinated transportation plan.
- Special Studies: We provide grant-writing, administration, and planning for multi-jurisdictional studies, including special projects, may benefit some or all agencies in the region. Examples include the Kirtland Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study, the Traffic Study for UNM and CNM, the Los Lunas Transportation Study Corridor Study, the Salt Missions Trail, Rail Runner station area planning, and others. Services may include GIS and orthophoto mapping, statistical analysis, development of codes and ordinances, public outreach and education, survey research, planning community infrastructure projects, contractor oversight, board and committee oversight, required federal reporting, etc.
- Comprehensive plans for cities and counties: examples include the comprehensive plan for the City of Willard, the Village of San Ysidro, Torrance County, Moriarty, and others.
- Training: We train elected officials and planning professionals in the region on policy, land-use regulations, running effective meeting, and ethics. Recently we hosted a brown bag luncheon and introduced several key planning tools including the Census Transportation Planning Package, OnTheMap, the Bike and Pedestrian Index, and the Accessibility Model.
Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources:
- Support the local agriculture economy, small farms & local food: We provide monthly meetings on relevant local food topics, on-line resources including maps, land linkages and data, host an annual local food festival, weekly blogs, and support local groups by publicizing their events.
- Natural Resources: Examples include a storm water permitting program for the Middle Rio Grande watershed, investigation of trash in arroyos and identifying cleaning methods, energy assessment and building upgrade identification for cities, and bosque restoration.
- Water conservation planning: Examples include the Middle Rio Grande and Estancia Basin Regional water plans, facilitating a regional water resources board, a model for small municipal water conservation programs, monitoring of funding from the State Legislature for water planning projects, adoption of region-wide water conservation standards, etc.
- Support local employers: In addition to the facilities and equipment, we offer pre-screenings of employees and qualified applicant referrals, specialized on-the-job or customized training, host mini-job fairs, and provide lay-off assistance.
- Support job seekers and youth: We support job seeking for adult and youth populations through four career centers in the region, offering services such as Labor Market Information research, job search, skills assessment, resume preparation, interviewing workshops. For qualifying customers, resources for training and support such as transportation, childcare, work experience and needs related payments are also offered. Additionally, we administer workforce grants: Examples include the National Emergency Grant which provides on-the job training for long-term unemployed and the State Energy Sector Partnership grant which provides training in the energy industry for solar, wind, bio-fuel and energy efficiency. Our region's major focus is in the solar sector.
- Transporting low income workers to employment: MRCOG distributes funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for transportation services that serve low income individuals (150% of poverty level) for employment and related activities. We also distributed transportation funds to serve disabled populations.
- Economic development planning: We support all agencies in the region by identifying growing sectors through the 5 Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. We make an effort to support rural communities by helping communities and local governments with planning and support, infrastructure assessment, grant funding and advocacy.
- Assist entities seeking grants from EDA: as a designated Economic Development District, the MRCOG helps to bring federal investment dollars into this region.
- Partner with public and private entities to bring in good jobs: MRCOG works with local Economic Development Organizations, AED, Rio Rancho, etc., to market the region, support recruitment efforts, promote regionalism and connect employers with job training opportunities through the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, support NM Live-Work. We market the region by maintaining an exclusive regional economic development website with comprehensive real-time available properties at www.nmsitesearch.com.
- Economic development data and modeling: MRCOG provides free, downloadable data including detailed community profiles, commuting characteristics, population and employment forecasts, industry resources and other data useful for economic development. We use regional economic modeling software to describe and forecast changes in the local and regional economy.
Contact our office with any questions