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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.


The mission of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments, together with the four counties of Fremont, Chaffee, Custer, and Lake, is to strengthen our communities by providing service, support and resources to make lives better.  

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    202,654 Pounds = 101.33 Tons

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