The Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, established by legislation in 1963, is an independent state agency that studies and develops policy on transportation, economic development, housing, land use and environmental and geographic issues.
Council staff has worked with Carroll government on those issues and others, including fire protection, emergency operations and schools planning.
The council develops and operates such programs as reservoir protection, a 911 emergency response system, enhancement of cultural institutions, cooperative purchasing and housing subsidies for those withlow income. It helps coordinate compliance with
the federal CleanAir Act, which will affect commuting patterns and allocation of transportation money.
The stated goal of the six-jurisdiction partnership is "to promote processes for the management of public issues on aregional basis, to secure a commitment to pursue regional goals and to meet regional community needs by providing leadership and active assistance to our member governments in the development of priorities and allocation of resources."