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Portrait of Rick  Bishop

Rick Bishop

Rick Bishop is the 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. Mr. Bishop 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 approximately $3 billion in arterial and transit improvements in the subregion. The Agency’s PACE Programs provide financing to business and residential property owners throughout California for retrofitting properties with energy efficient, renewable energy and water conservation and seismic strengthening retrofits. The Program has provided more than $2 billion in financing for nearly 90,000 projects. WRCOG also administers the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency, managing more than 40,000 acres of ecosystem to protect the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat. In early 2020, WRCOG launched Western Community Energy, a community choice aggregation program providing energy to residents and businesses in participating jurisdictions. 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 Urban Land Institute, Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter; the California Chapter of the US Green Building Council; the Governor of California; and the Southern California Association of Governments.