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Rick Bishop

Rick Bishop is executive director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), a joint powers authority consisting of 18 cities, the County of Riverside, the Eastern and Western Municipal Water Districts, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. He is responsible for developing and implementing regional programs that relate to and influence transportation, energy, environment, growth, and the economy. Among these is the multi-jurisdictional Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) program, which will provide more than $3 billion in arterial and transit improvements in the subregion. The agency’s Property Assessed Clean Energy programs provide financing to business and residential property owners throughout California for retrofitting properties with energy efficient, renewable energy, and water conservation retrofits. Through the end of 2017, these programs have provided $1.8 billion in financing to improve nearly 85,000 homes throughout California. WRCOG also administers the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency, managing more than 40,000 acres of ecosystem to protect the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat. WRCOG has been honored for innovative programs from organizations such as the American Planning Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Building Industry Association, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Urban Land Institute, the California Chapter of the US Green Building Council, the Governor of California, and the Southern California Association of Governments.

 

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