Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments

Nancy Robertson

Executive Director

5075 Research Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: (256) 716-2444

Fax: (256) 830-0843


Lisa Lucente

Executive Administrative Assistant

Phone: (256) 716-2441


Established by a local initiative in 1968, the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) aims to identify and address common regional issues, opportunities, and challenges of northeast Alabama’s municipalities and counties. Local governments recognized that in order to address issues and concerns facing the region adequately and comprehensively, they must work together in a collaborative manner.

A year after TARCOG was established, the Alabama legislature approved the creation of regional development commissions and TARCOG was designated as Substate Planning District twelve. TARCOG later was designated as the region’s Area Agency on Aging. TARCOG brings together municipal, county, and state governments, and federal agencies to work as a single team that is focused solely on improving the region.

The governments of five northeast Alabama counties, DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Marshall, and the municipalities located in those counties make up TARCOG. The council’s membership is made up of representatives from the counties and municipalities.