Metropolitan Planning Organizations

2022 Federal Certification Review

The Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization (GHMPO) is the federally designated transportation planning agency for Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties. GHMPO is responsible for the allocation of federal transportation funds and ensuring funds are spent in accordance with federal policy.


The Federal Highway (FHWA) and Transit (FTA) Administrations regularly perform a joint review to certify the planning practices of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The following survey is part of the certification review process managed by FHWA and FTA. We want to hear your about your involvement in regional transportation planning. This survey should take five to seven minutes. Thank you for making your voice heard!


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Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) are part of a federal process to conduct local transportation planning in urbanized areas. The federal government requires urbanized areas to establish a planning process that is Comprehensive, Continuing, and Cooperative (the three Cs of transportation planning). The MPO process is required in urbanized areas over 50,000 in population in order to receive federal funding for transportation.


The MPO process is a partnership between local and state government to make decisions about transportation planning in urbanized areas and to meet planning requirements established by federal authorizing legislation for transportation funding.


The Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization serves the transportation needs for all 28 local governments in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.


MPO Meeting Dates

Agendas and Documents for upcoming MPO meetings are available one week prior to the meeting. All meeting dates are subject to change.


Meeting Times

  • Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) Meets at 1:00 PM and the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) 2:30 PM


2022 Meeting Schedule​

  • January 19

  • February 23

  • March 23

  • April 27

  • May 25

  • June 22

  • July 27

  • August 24

  • September 28

  • October 26

  • November 16

  • December 14


Agenda Packets

Public Meetings

  • Newly Released Items for Public Comment - See above PDF agenda packets for items recently released by the TAC for public comment.  You may also email comments to

MPO TAC State Ethics Requirements

TAC Abstention