Formed in 1967 under Colorado law, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) is a voluntary organization of municipal and county governments serving a regional community. For 45 years, PPACG has worked to ensure that all communities—big and small—have a forum to discuss issues that cross their political boundaries, identify shared opportunities and challenges, and develop collaborative strategies for action. These intercommunity relationships underpin the concept of regionalism and the mission of PPACG.
PPACG is not, however, a unit of local government and has no authority to tax, legislate or condemn. Any policy, plan or program adopted by PPACG must also be adopted by the governing body of a member county or municipality before it obligates that county or municipality.
Participating members include the general purpose governments of El Paso County, Park County, Teller County, Alma, Calhan, Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Fairplay, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, Palmer Lake, Ramah, Victor, and Woodland Park.
One of the primary activities of PPACG is planning. PPACG assists local elected officials in making coordinated decisions affecting the development of all geographic areas of the Pikes Peak region.
PPACG programs include:
- Area Agency on Aging
- Transportation Planning
- Environmental Planning
- Regional Economic Planning
- Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority
PPACG also serves as the designated repository for U.S. Census data; allocates transportation and aging services funds; provides technical assistance to member local governments; and evaluates the impact of laws and regulations on local governments.
Various citizen and technical advisory committees are an integral part of PPACG programs and make recommendations to PPACG’s Board of Directors on an ongoing basis.