Civil Rights

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Government is fully committed to engaging residents and stakeholders in all stages of the planning and policy-making process. Meaningful public input is necessary to best understand the needs of the residents of the NVCOG region, and helps to ensure that projects and funds are allocated in the most effective and equitable manner. 

Public Outreach Policy

The NVCOG Public Outreach Policy guides when, where, and how the NVCOG connects with residents on planning issues. This includes how the NVCOG involves the public during plan development, public outreach periods, and publication. The policy also outlines the stages of plan development as they relate to public participation.

Public Outreach Policy (en) • Política de relaciones con el público (es)

Environmental Justice Policy

The NVCOG Environmental Justice Policy guides how the NVCOG considers the needs of minorities and low-income residents in its planning. The NVCOG aims to ensure that no COG-funded project has a disproportionate negative impact on these communities. This policy identifies these communities within the NVCOG planning region and develops a process for considering the needs of all residents during the planning process.

Environmental Justice Policy (en) • Política de justicia ambiental (es)

Title VI Program

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ensures that meaningful access to participate in government affairs is available to racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities.

Title VI Program

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Our Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program aims to provide businesses owned by disadvantaged groups an equal playing field when competing for and winning contracts with our agency. The Program is complemented by a DBE Goal (presently 8.1%), which estimates the proportion of DBE firms likely to do business with our agency and creates a target for the proportion of our expenditures should go to DBE firms.

Prime contractors on federally-assisted contracts shall use the Quarterly Reporting Form below to submit reports on their use of DBE subcontractors with their applications for payment by January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st, and with their final application for payment. 

DBE Program • DBE Goal  DBE Quarterly Reporting Form

Additional Tools for the Public

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released tools to assist residents in engaging with transportation planning through the Every Place Counts Leadership Academy initiative. These tools are available below:

Transportation Leadership Academy Quick Start Guide Cover

Transportation Leadership Academy Quick Start Guide

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Transportation Leadership Academy Toolkit

NVCOG staff may be available to facilitate a Transportation Leadership Academy to assist your community or organization in the near future.