Rick Bishop is the Executive Director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), a joint powers authority consisting of 18 cities, the County of Riverside, the Eastern and Western Municipal Water Districts, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Bishop is responsible for developing and implementing programs in diverse areas such as transportation, energy, environment, growth, and the economy. Among these is the multi-jurisdictional Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program, which will provide approximately $3 billion in arterial and transit improvements. The Agency’s PACE Programs provide financing to business and residential property owners throughout the state for retrofitting properties with energy efficient, renewable energy and water conservation retrofits. The PACE Programs have provided more than $2 billion in financing for more than 100,000 projects and has expanded to include nearly jurisdictions throughout California. WRCOG also administers the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency, managing more than 40,000 acres of ecosystem to protect the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat.