The MGRC is a regional planning and development organization that is self-governed by the local communities in Middle Georgia. The MGRC has a regional governing council that is derived from a select group of local officials and private citizens from each of the counties and incorporated areas (cities) in Middle Georgia. Also, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House each appoint council members from the service region to serve on the governing council. This Council is responsible for establishing MGRC bylaws, making rules and regulations, setting policy and providing general oversight to the MGRC. In sum, the MGRC is governed by the very communities it serves.
In addition to the governing council, the MGRC receives specific oversight from other agencies regarding non-local work program elements. For example, if a grant or contract is awarded to the MGRC from a state or federal source, the MGRC is required to follow the requisite standards and guidelines put forth by the funding agency. Therefore, various audits and other requests for information are a routine part of the MGRC work program.