Chatham Commissioner Crawford Elected First Vice-Chair of Triangle J
Chatham County Commissioner James Crawford has been elected first vice-chair of the Board of Delegates for Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), which represents 42 local governments across the region. He is in line to become the chair.
“I look forward to helping solve problems facing governments in the region and their residents,” Commissioner Crawford said. “Jobs, broadband, housing, recreation and water quality are just a few of the issues that TJCOG is tackling right now. They having amazing staff.”
TJCOG serve as an intergovernmental organization for local elected officials that works proactively on regional issues to sustain and improve the quality of life for residents. It was established in 1970, but the organization’s roots reach back to the development of Research Triangle Park.
Chatham County Commissioner Chair Diana Hales said, “Jim’s selection as chair of this important regional body reflects his leadership and commitment to regional cooperation. We are very proud this has been recognized by TJCOG delegates.”
In the past two years, Chatham County has worked especially close with TJCOG on addressing affordable housing issues facing residents with limited incomes. TJCOG continues to provide staff support and expertise to the county’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and developed an online guide for those seeking information.
Additionally, the organization houses the Area Agency on Aging, which oversees county aging initiatives and serves as a central source of information for older adults and their caregivers.