Jim Reed, executive director for the Central Texas Council of Governments, shared the ins and outs of what CTCOG does on a day-to-day basis with Heights Kiwanis Club members on Tuesday.

Founded in the late 1960s and based in Belton, CTCOG is locally owned and operated and subject to a multitude of restrictions.

It serves seven counties and more than 30 cities that cover 6,450 square miles and about 500,000 people. The region it serves is larger than six U.S. states.

“We have a very governmental sounding name but we are not government employees,” he said, adding that the CTCOG is voluntary nonprofit organization.

Reed said their mission is very clear.

“When local governments need to accomplish a task together that they can’t do by themselves, we’re there to bring together the resources to make it happen.”

CTCOG employs 147 people and has a budget of $42 million, primarily funded from state or federal grants.

Reed said CTCOG is offering one of six pilot programs in the nation to help injured soldiers who are separated from the military because of a medical reason.

They have the option now to go through the Veterans Affairs system or they can go through the Veterans Directed Healthcare program.

The CTCOG office is located at 2180 N. Main St. in Belton.

Call 254-770-2236 for more information.

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