NEWS: SLOCOG Executive Director Ron De Carli Receives National Recognition for Transportation Planning in SLO County
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Mallory Jenkins,
(805) 781-4362

SLOCOG Executive Director Ron De Carli Receives National Recognition for Transportation Planning in SLO County

De Carli was presented with the National Association of Regional Council’s Walter Scheiber Award, which recognizes significant impacts made by a Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – June 12, 2018 –  San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) Executive Director Ron De Carli has received national recognition for transportation planning and community planning initiatives that contribute to a high quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. Mr. De Carli was presented with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Walter Scheiber Award at its annual conference in Orlando last Wednesday for significant impacts made at the local, state and national levels.  

"We are excited to celebrate the achievements and leadership of our members and nominees this year,” said NARC President Bob Dallari, Commissioner of Seminole County, Florida. “Their hard work is on display throughout our communities, as they strive to meet challenges in innovative and effective ways. We thank all of our regions for their dedication to excellence, and our leaders for their personal efforts – and can’t wait to see the progress they will surely make going forward."

Mr. De Carli serves as Executive Director of SLOCOG, the regional transportation planning agency for all of San Luis Obispo County. His leadership has been instrumental in connecting communities through strategic transportation and land use planning, investments in regional and local transportation systems, mobility improvements and a long list of community enhancement projects. 
Some of the projects and programs overseen by Mr. De Carli during his tenure include:
  • Multiple updates of the Long Range Vision Plan for Transportation, resulting in a strong, balanced and interconnected multi-modal transportation system;
  • Creation of public transit systems serving all communities;
  • Funding and construction of major highway improvements countywide;
  • Plans, programs and funding to create bike, pedestrian, boardwalk and downtown street and boulevard improvements in - and connections to - every community; and
  • SLO Regional Rideshare program development and Safe Routes to School improvements.
Mr. De Carli has been a very active NARC member, serving on NARC’s Executive Director Council, advocating for funding and effective programs at the national level, as well as at the state level, on the California Association of Councils of Government (CALCOG). He is most proud of partnerships working with federal, state and local representatives and stakeholders to improve transportation and the quality of life in SLO County. 

Mr. De Carli will retire this September after thirty-eight years of service at SLOCOG, the past twenty-eight as Executive Director. This year also marks SLOCOG’s 50th anniversary. 

Other NARC leadership award winners included: Jack Steele, Executive Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council; Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell, Mayor, City of Mayfield, Kentucky; Nelson Wolff, Judge, Bexar County, Texas; and Dennis Smith, Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo County Region. Its members include all 7 cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and suggest solutions. SLOCOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SLOCOG plans and provides funding for public transit services, highway and roadway improvements, and other alternative methods of transportation. To learn more about SLOCOG, visit

NARC serves as a national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities - large and small, urban and rural.
For more information, please contact Mallory Jenkins, SLOCOG Interim PIO, at 805-781-4362 or
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