For more than a century the Association of Oregon Counties has been dedicated to improving the ability of county government to serve Oregonians. AOC was organized in 1906 to provide a forum for information sharing and consensus development among Oregon counties.
Working with counties, other local government associations and county affiliate and associate organizations, AOC advocates and coordinates on behalf of counties with the state legislature, state agencies, Congress and federal agencies. AOC staff members are experienced and energized by their work with and for counties at the various levels of government. AOC staff works tirelessly to establish and maintain relationships with decision makers at all levels of government.
AOC gathers information about current trends, issues and challenges facing Oregon counties and shares that information in a timely manner. AOC also provides county officials with unique opportunities to interact with their colleagues from across the state in regional and statewide gatherings. Great value is found in these gatherings through information sharing, discussion of common concerns and in building a network of contacts for future reference.
AOC is responsible for the County Road Program which was established in 1990 as a cooperative program with the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors (OACES). Its purpose is to enhance county road department capabilities through the development of management programs and shared technical assistance. In addition, the Road Program runs the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) to acquire and maintain data concerning county roads and related objects.
The Association of Oregon Counties works with elected officials and appointed county officials with on-going training and education opportunities. County College is conducted every two years. It is a one-year program run in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service and is designed to cover everything from the legal provisions of county government to leadership and management skills. AOC also provides timely informational and training sessions on a variety of subjects impacting Oregon counties using video conferencing.
AOC is a member of the City County Insurance Services (CIS). CIS provides valuable insurance services to AOC members. Property, general liability, workers' compensation, employee benefits, risk management, legal defense, local prevention and claims management are all offered to AOC members at competitive rates.