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Since its establishment as a Council of Governments in 1973, our agency was statutorily designated to serve in the following capacities:

  • County Transportation Commission (1976) – Allocates and programs State and Federal funds for regional transportation projects throughout the county.
  • Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (1986) – Manages the system of call boxes on major highways throughout the county.
  • County Transportation Authority (1989) – Administers the voter-approved half-cent transportation sales tax and provides major transportation improvements within the county.
  • Congestion Management Agency (1990) – Implements the plan for addressing congestion and air quality related to transportation facilities throughout the county.

In 2016, the agency sponsored Senate Bill 1305 (Morrell), consolidating the agency into as two entities, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (to be known as the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG))  The bill passed through both houses and was signed by the Governor in August 2016.  As of January 1, 2017, the San Bernardino Associated Governments, serving in each capacity as noted above, is primarily known as SBCTA.

At the November 2, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting, in an effort to highlight the agency’s Council of Governments efforts, it was approved to have the San Bernardino Associated Governments do business as the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG).

Serving more than 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all residents in San Bernardino County by:

  • Improving cooperative regional planning;
  • Strengthening economic development efforts; and
  • Exerting leadership in creative problem solving.

The Board of Directors, acting in its capacity as the San Bernardino Associated Governments, approved this mission statement on June 2, 1993 and reaffirmed it on March 6, 1996.


The San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) partners with the following groups:

  • Alliance for Education

    The Alliance for Education is a partnership among business, labor, government, community, and education in San Bernardino County.

    The mission of the Alliance for Education is to produce an educated and skilled community that provides a qualified workforce for the continued economic well-being and improved quality of life for all residents.

    Alliance for Education
  • Countywide Vision

    The Countywide Vision was adopted in 2011 by the County Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors following a series of community and stakeholder meetings and extensive research.  Intended as a roadmap to the future for the county as a whole, the Vision calls upon the county to capitalize on its diversity to create a broad range of opportunities that will lead to the realization of a “complete county”.  The Vision holds that the elements of that complete county – for example, education, public safety, jobs, recreation, and well-being – are interrelated and depend on all sectors working collaboratively toward shared goals. 

    Two initial focuses have been identified that every part of our community has a stake in: The success of every child from cradle to career; and our county as a business-friendly region attractive to business development and growth.

    Countywide Vision Project logo
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership

    The Inland Empire Economic Partnership is dedicated to bringing jobs, economic opportunities and a better quality of life to the residents of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

    IEEP looks at the bigger picture, focusing on improving the overall quality of life in the Inland Empire. By raising the standard of living; by improving education, transportation, health care and communication in the area; and by giving the region a unified voice across California, we are working hard to alleviate poverty, improve the everyday lives of our 4.3 million citizens, and make the area a more attractive place for businesses to move to and thrive.

    IEEP logo



  • San Bernardino Regional Partnership (SBREP)

    In 2015, the San Bernardino Regional Energy Partnership (SBREP) was formed as collaboration between San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). The program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by SCE and SoCalGas under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SBREP was approved by the CPUC and kicked off in 2015. There are 12 local governments that have signed a Resolution and are actively participating and leading by example. SBREP provides participating local governments in San Bernardino County the opportunity to be leaders in California’s efforts to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and to lead by example in their communities. The cities have taken the initiative to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Through the program, cities are able to receive rebates and incentives for energy efficient HVAC systems, water heaters, and more.

    SBCOG SoCalGas Edison