The Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission (GCRPC), a regional voluntary association of local governments, special districts, and other agencies, is one of twenty-four (24) regional associations in Texas and one of 670 in the United States. Created in response to the Regional Planning Act of 1965, as amended and codified, GCRPC is defined as a political subdivision of the state.
The basic responsibility of the GCRPC involves planning for the development of the seven county Golden Crescent region and assisting local governments in implementing regional plans and recommendations. Since its inception in 1968, the GCRPC has grown to include comprehensive planning and service delivery in program areas such as aging, economic development, E9-1-1, solid waste management and rural transportation.
The policy making body of the GCRPC includes the General Assembly and Board of Directors. A system of policy advisory committees composed of elected & appointed local government officials, non-profit sector representatives, private sector representatives, and citizens-at-large assist in identifying and developing strategies to address the needs of the entire Golden Crescent region.
Funds are received from local, state, and the federal government. Federal funds are "passed" through the state and local funding is composed of dues paid by member governments. Membership is open to all counties, cities, school districts, and other nonprofit groups.