Metropolitan Planning Organizations

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


TAC/TCC Online Meetings


Per the Governor’s stay safer-at-home order, our normal meeting venue is closed to large gatherings.  Starting in April, there will be There is a remote log-in option for participating in meetings (For the access code, please contact Brian Horton at 828-425-4225 or To view the meeting live, please visit All scheduled meetings and times are listed in advance at


2020 Meeting Schedule​

  • January 22

  • February 26

  • April 29

  • May 27

  • June 24

  • July 22

  • August 26

  • October 28

  • November 18


Agenda Packets

Public Meetings

  • TBA

MPO TAC State Ethics Requirements


Ethics Training Event Materials - December 2, 2014

Navigate Services

Navigate Services

Lundberg MPO-RPO
Ethics Act Overview
December 2014

Houston MPO-RPO Ethics Requirements

December 2014

Report on MPO-RPO Ethics Requirements

December 2014

TAC Abstention

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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