BFCG’s Draft SFY 2022-2023 UPWP Released for Public Comment

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments has released its Draft State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-2023 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for public comment. The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes the transportation planning activities undertaken by our agency. Tasks included in the UPWP are the result of issues identified by the ongoing MPO/RTPO planning process. The MPO/RTPO is governed by the BFCG Board and is supported by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which hold meetings once a month. Public comments on the Draft SFY 2022-2023 UPWP will be accepted through April 21. To view the document, please follow the link below.

Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Draft BFCG SFY 2022-2023 UPWP

For questions about the document or to submit a comment, please email or call (509) 943-9183

Benton-Franklin Economic Development District SWOT Survey

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Economic Development District needs to complete a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis to craft the five year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

This survey should only take 5-10 minutes. I hope you can complete it and/or share it with colleagues in economic development (the survey is open to the public and the more participants the better). Here is the SWOT Survey to start our process.

Many of the questions were inspired by the Economic Development Administration’s CEDS Guidelines and the previous SWOT.

The BFEDD will also conduct one on one interviews or group discussions to develop the SWOT. If you would like to participate or if you have suggestions on whom to talk to please contact Davin Diaz, Community & Economic Development Manager at

El Distrito de Desarrollo Económico del Consejo Gobiernos de Benton-Franklin necesita completar un análisis de Fortalezas, Debilidades, Oportunidades, y Amenazas (SWOT por sus siglas en inglés) para crear la Estrategia Comprensiva de Desarrollo Económico (CEDS)

La encuesta SWOT solo debería tomar de 5-10 minutos. Espero pueda completarla y/o compartir con colegas en desarrollo económico (la encuesta está abierta al público y entre más gente participe, mejor). Aquí está la Encuesta SWOT para empezar nuestro proceso.

Muchas de las preguntas fueron inspiradas por las pautas de la CEDS de la Administración de Desarrollo Económico y el SWOT anterior. 

El BFEDD también conducirá entrevistas de uno a uno o discusiones en grupo para desarrollar el SWOT. Si le gustaría participar o si tiene sugerencias sobre con quien hablar lo agradeceríamos. Gracias, Davin Diaz, Gerente de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico,

Disability Mobility Initiative

Make Your Voice Heard!

Disability Rights Washington has recently launched a Disability Mobility Initiative which aims to share the stories of people who rely on transit and paratransit throughout Washington State to let their voice be heard by elected leaders and policy makers. This initiative is working to create a statewide “storymap” that shows what it’s like for commuters across the state to reach essential services without a car.
Disability Rights Washington is looking for input from residents of the Tri-Cities. If you have a story you would like to share, or know someone who does, please follow the links below to sign up and learn more about the project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact BFCG staff at (509) 943-9185 or

2020 Tri-Cities Bike Map

We Want To Hear From You!

BFCG is in the process of updating the Tri-Cities Urbanized Area Bike Map for 2020.

The map comes as a double-sided pamphlet complete with bike routes and locations of public facilities (such as restrooms, drinking fountains, bicycle repair shops, etc.) on one side, and a back side that includes popular local rides plus an additional map that shows the Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) for specific roads in the Tri-Cities.

There’s a lot of information packed into this map, so BFCG would like to hear from you! Please review the 2020 Tri-Cities Bike Map and send in any comments by January 18, 2020.

The 2020 Tri-Cities Bike Map can be found by following the link below:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tanner Martin at (509) 947-8504 or

Thank you and have a safe holiday season!