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Mission & History

Can you believe it? We get to work here!

Welcome to the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG). We are a voluntary coalition of county and municipal governments that believes working together as a region has both social and economic benefits. UAACOG provides services for the benefit of individuals, families, businesses, and local governments in four counties along the Upper Arkansas River Basin in central Colorado.  The four county COG Region includes Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Lake Counties. Some programs serve additional counties, including Park, Teller, and Saguache.  


We offer many human service programs, business development tools, and services to local governments throughout the four-county region.


Our mission is to provide quality services to promote self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyles for individuals and families by enabling them to improve their lives.

  • Households Helped


  • Food Distributed

    202,654 Pounds = 101.33 Tons

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  • Total People Helped