Rick Bishop is executive director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), a joint powers authority consisting of 17 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 programs in diverse areas such as 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 HERO Program provides financing to business and residential property owners throughout California for retrofitting properties with energy efficient, renewable energy and water conservation retrofits. The program has provided more than $1.4 billion in financing for nearly 60,000 homes. 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 Air Quality Management District, the Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, the California Chapter of the US Green Building Council, the Governor of California, and the Southern California Association of Governments.