Mission Statement

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) is an association of South Carolina local governments in Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York counties. The COG serves as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and as a central staffing resource for grantsmanship, land use and transportation planning, community and economic development, workforce investment, GIS mapping, information systems, and project management.

Featured Projects

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Gateway Master Plan Project

Bring your best ideas to the Gateway Hands-On Workshop happening Tuesday, October 18th at the Gateway Conference Center, Grand Ballroom beginning at 8:30 am. The Gateway Master Plan District… Read More →

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In Honor of Those Who Have Won and Lost the Battle With Breast Cancer

Together Cancer is such a scary word, no matter how it's spoken. Peace of mind taken Read More →

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Our Region At A Glance

City of Chester, South Carolina


Situated in the heart of Chester County, the City of Chester is a small rural city with a population of 5,607 (2010 Census).  It covers about 3.2 square miles in area, and serves as the county seat of Chester County.  Chester is one of five municipalities within the county.

The City of Chester was founded in 1785 and incorporated as […]

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