BFCG Metropolitan Transportation Plan Survey

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments is seeking public input on the transportation priorities and challenges for the Tri-Cities region. Please take a moment to respond to our survey by following the link below. 

The responses received will help BFCG in developing the new Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is a long-range and multi-modal planning document that will identify the transportation needs of our region through the year 2045.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish.



Benton-Franklin Economic Development District – EDA-RLF-CARES – Loan Fund

The Benton-Franklin Economic Development District has been awarded a Covid-19 Relief Fund from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the amount of $1.4 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to help businesses rebound from the effects of the coronavirus and Covid-19.

The Revolving Loan Fund is accepting loan applications from businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and may need help to restart their business once the restrictions have been eased. You are encouraged to apply and please be prepared to demonstrate the effects the pandemic has had on your business.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Peenstra, Contracted Loan Officer

Phone: 509-943-9185



Fatima Traore, Economic Development Coordinator

Phone: 509-943-9185


BFCG Notice

NOTICE: The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments is still closed to the public due to COVID-19. We have moved to new offices at 587 Stevens Drive Richland, WA 99352.

If would like to get in contact with a member of our staff during this time, please call 509-943-9185.

BFCG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments values the health and safety of our employees, our member jurisdictions, and the public. We would like to share information on how we will continue to serve you amid concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 and following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local government agencies in the communities we serve. We are communicating with our employees to keep them informed of our plans and ways they can protect members and themselves. We have also enhanced the cleaning of high-touch areas in our facility.

During this time, some of our employees will be working remotely, and will have access to their e-mail accounts. Phone messages will also be relayed, but may receive delayed responses. The best way to contact our staff during this time will be by e-mail.

Although we may still have limited staff working in the office, the office will be closed to visitors without prior authorization.

The wellness of our employees, our member jurisdictions and the public is of utmost importance and we wish you good health as we transition through this together.