RPO Organization

According to GS 136-211 (b), an RPO must consist of at least three contiguous counties with a population of at least 50,000 people. Foothills RPO consists of three counties in western North Carolina: McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties with 132,845 in population.

An RPO consists of an administrative entity which provides the professional staff to the RPO, a Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) consisting of local staff from member governments and agencies and a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of elected and appointed officials.