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SC Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data (August 1, 2020)

Click here to view the unemployment insurance claims data week ending August 1, 2020.

Catawba Regional is seeking quotes for Full Service Realtor marketing and sales

Catawba Regional is seeking quotes for Full Service Realtor marketing and sales of our Neighborhood Initiative Program parcels. Existing structures have been removed and parcels have been fully cleared. There are approximately 120 parcels that are located throughout Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York Counties, including low-to-moderate income areas. A listing of parcels within each county […]

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE INVESTS $14.3 MILLION IN CARES ACT FUNDING TO CAPITALIZE REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA RESPOND TO CORONAVIRUS

Click here to view the press release from the US Economic Development Administration.

Additional Six Weeks of Extended Benefits (EB) Program Announced

Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) extends the Extended Benefits (EB) Program.  Click here to view the news release.

SBA-504 Interest Rates for July 2020!

The interest rates for SBA-504 loans are low and holding steady.  Here are the rates for July 2020.

25 year – 2.410%
20 year – 2.346%
10 year – 2.40%

For additional information on the SBA 504 Program, please contact Randy Pellisero or Ed Brock at 803-327-9041.

The Town of Van Wyck wants to hear from you!

The Town of Van Wyck is developing the Comprehensive Plan 2020 and needs your input. Residents are invited to share their ideas on Van Wyck’s challenges and its possibilities. The online community survey is available for residents to give feedback on preferred community characteristics, values, development principles, and needs.  Residents can view images of different […]

Chernoff Newman Insights Presentation (NC & SC)

Click here to view the Chernoff Newman Insights Presentation (NC & SC).

COVID-19 Catawba Local Workforce Development Area Reemployment Plan

Click here to view the COVID-19 Catawba Local Workforce Development Area Reemployment Plan.

2020 Census Response Reminder

Have you completed your Census 2020 Response???

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program News

DEW Continues to Add Resources as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Successfully Launches in South Carolina.  Click here to view the News Release.

SBA 504 loan rates for April

SBA 504 loan rates for April are out.  The best 25 year rate at 3.032% and 20 year rate at 2.960%.  Contact Randy Pellisero or Ed Brock at 803-327-9041 for additional information.

Learn about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and how to apply

The CORONOVIRUS AID, RELIEF, and ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT ANNOUNCEMENT:

The CARES Act authorizes $100M in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment and related supplies for our nation’s first responders. As fire departments provide lifesaving emergency medical response to more and more communities impacted by COVID-19, FEMA AFG is offering an additional funding opportunity for the fire service community to […]

UPDATE – Small Business Loan Guidance Resources

Keeping our Lenders and Resource Partners in the loop so you can help us share this information on how people can receive the $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) when you receive inquiries.

This is an excellent website to obtain the most up to date information on what is out there.  PPP loans […]

Check out SC Department of Unemployment & Workforce Youtube page for helpful tutorial videos

Have you checked out the DEW #Youtube lately? We have 12 step-by-step tutorial videos that may answer your questions, so you can avoid the wait on the phone! https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UChlual2_-yRuKdgTwcIMmLQ/videos

Learn about SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA wants you to know they have an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (“EIDL”).  You can find specifics by clicking here.
These loans are designed to finance working capital such as payroll, utilities, and more.  Refinancing and expansion funds are ineligible.  For additional information please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: […]

2020 Census Outreach Materials and Toolkits

Households across the U.S. will receive official Census Bureau mailings this month. Shareable census outreach materials with information about the Census and how results impact your region as well as a Community Benefits Toolkit can be found at 2020Census.gov. The Census Bureau also offers ready-made messaging and graphics to help you spread the word. View […]

A bright future

A new economic development project is set to take flight in Chester County.

On Monday, Chester County Council approved third and final reading for a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement for the company behind the code name “Project Sparrow.”

“Since this is third reading, can we reveal the company now?” asked County Councilman Alex Oliphant.

The company was prepared to announce […]

SCWorks Center Closures to the Public

In light of the current conditions surrounding COVID19/Coronavirus and for the health and safety of the public and workforce staff, the three SCWorks Centers in the Catawba Region will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Please note:  The public will continue to have virtual/telephonic access and will be served.  Unless conditions warrant […]

German firm bringing 22 jobs to IL

Lancaster County has landed another global company.
The S.C. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that Rembe, a German-based maker of specialty equipment that protects manufacturing plants from dust explosions, will invest $3.4 million and create 22 new jobs at Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Indian Land.
Rembe (pronounced REM-bee) intends to build a multipurpose complex that will […]

US Census could mean big money for York County roads, schools, politics

York County has two big reasons to make sure all its residents get counted.

“We get that raw data and that raw data is used for two things — money and power,” said Jan Smiley with the U.S. Census Bureau. “That’s what it comes down to.”

Smiley is a Fort Mill resident of more than 30 years. She […]

Check out how SCDOT is at work in our region

Check out the Lockhart Bridges Project Update by clicking here.

Also, hear about the SC 160 and I 77 Project Community Meeting by clicking here.

Take part in “Beyond 77” transportation study

How do we go beyond I-77?

As the main artery running through Charlotte, the 68-mile stretch of interstate between Statesville, NC and Rock Hill, SC serves a large community. The I-77 corridor is greater than just the interstate itself. It is a network of connections that allow us to mobilize our lives every day. That’s […]

Planning and Zoning Officials Training Calendar – Spring 2020

Click here to view the training calendar for Spring 2020.

Job fairs for census hiring in Lancaster County

Fueled by Panhandle growth, the county’s population has skyrocketed almost 25 percent since the last census was taken in 2010.
With that growth explosion and no slowdown in sight, it’s a given that county residents will see a drastic change in local government once the population results from the upcoming 2020 Census are compiled.
At least three […]

SC 160/I-77 Interchange Reconfiguration Public Meeting Notice

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will host a Public Information Meeting for the SC-160/I-77 Interchange Reconfiguration Project on Thursday, January 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Real Life Church, which is located at 1930 Pleasant Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708. This public meeting will have an open house format and no formal […]

County gets $724K grant to help create 153 new jobs

Lancaster County has been awarded a $724,400 federal grant to facilitate the $18 million expansion of a local manufacturer that will create 153 new jobs.
The U.S. Commerce Department announced Thursday that the money will help pay for improvements to an existing county road, though the road isn’t named.
“Reliable infrastructure systems are critical… and that’s particularly […]

Union awarded $500,000 grant

The City of Union will use a $500,000 state grant to help fund the demolition of approximately 30 blighted properties on a total of 10 streets in the downtown area.

In a letter sent to City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson, SC District 18 Sen. Ronnie Cromer announced that the city had been awarded a $500,000 […]

Check out how SCDOT is at work in our region

The following videos are updates from SCDOT on the road work that is taking place in our region.

Chester County

Lancaster County

Union County

Request for Qualifications for Consultant

Click here to view the RFQ.

Response Date

One original copy of the submittal must be received no later than 5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 27, 2019.  Submittals will be accepted via the following methods:

Mail:
Catawba Regional COG
PO Box 450
Rock Hill, SC 29731-6450

Overnight:
Catawba Regional COG
215 Hampton St.
Suite 200
Rock Hill, SC 29730-4887

In addition, an electronic copy of the submittal must […]

York County SC Pennies for Progress road construction update

On Monday night, Pennies for Progress manager Patrick Hamilton updated York County Council on several major road projects happening in the county.

Projects include major highway widening, intersection improvements and resurfacing.

Here are the highlights of what’s happening now:

▪ S.C. 160 West going into North Carolina, near Zoar Road just outside of Tega Cay, has curb and gutter installed, with […]

Manufacturer eyes 200-job, $20M expansion

A Lancaster County manufacturer may be on the verge of expanding to create 200 new jobs here in the coming months.
No one will publically identify the company, which is being referred to as “Project Dumpling” by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department.
Members of Lancaster County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Tuesday night […]

A swim beach, camping and more could start a new rush of recreation in Chester County

York isn’t the only county working to get its residents out to the water. Chester leaders are dipping their feet in, too.

Duke Energy sent Chester County a public lease agreement for work planned at Fishing Creek Access Area. Duke would put in a swimming area, fishing pier and more parking.

“It’s going to basically be a […]

City will demolish 17 condemned buildings

Continuing its efforts to remove eyesores from city streets and revitalize neighborhoods, the Lancaster City Council is moving to demolish 17 condemned buildings.
The money comes from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), to which the city added a 10 percent match of $50,000.
The council last week awarded the demolition contract to Jones Grading & […]

Bring Your Best Ideas to the Southern Panhandle Hands-On Workshop

Bring your best ideas to the Southern Panhandle Hands-On Visioning Workshop happening Tuesday, November 5th at the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, SC.  The workshop will start at 5:30 pm and residents are asked to RSVP to crcog@catawbacog.org.

The Southern Panhandle Small Area Plan includes key areas surrounding Highway 521, south […]

Catawba Regional hiring for two positions!

Click on the links below to view the job postings.

Community and Economic Development Grant Writer/Administrator

Regional Planner or Senior Regional Planner

Moore: The U.S. Census needs you

Earl Moore, the U.S. Census coordinator for Chester County, brought some compelling reasons to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census: 1,500 of them to be exact.

That’s the average amount, $1,500 per every person in the county that is counted by the census – a total of $15,000 per person for every 10 years the census […]

Greenway taking shape

un rays break through the canopy of leaves overhead, and birds sing to each other in the trees.
Walking a newly cleared path through the dense woodland, you would hardly think you were within Lancaster’s city limits.
“It’s just beautiful. You really feel like you’re in the wilderness,” says Sherri Gregory, president of the Lindsay Pettus Greenway, […]

$400,000 worth of improvements approved

The next step in the expansion of the Union County Airport, improvements to the Union County Fairgrounds, and fixing the leaking roof in the Union County Magistrate’s Office will cost nearly $400,000.

Meeting in special session Thursday evening (August 26) Union County Council voted unanimously to allocate the funds needed to pay for these projects.

Airport Expansion

Supervisor […]

Faddis Concrete Products launching Chester County operations

Faddis Concrete Products, an American-owned provider of high-quality precast concrete products, today announced plans to establish operations in Chester County. The $6.7 million investment will create 60 new jobs.

Since 1989, Faddis Concrete Products has offered a comprehensive selection of approved products for transportation, industrial, architectural and Homeland Security projects.

Located at 2794 Old Richburg Road, Faddis […]

‘The perfect location’: $10M plan, 210 new jobs breathe life into Lancaster Co. site

A kitchen cabinet and bathroom vanity manufacturer is making its home in Lancaster County.

Adornus Cabinetry announced plans Thursday to set up a manufacturing site at 1551 S.C. 9 Bypass. It’s the former Duracell site, once an employer of several hundred people. The Adornus move marks a $10 million investment set to create 210 jobs.

“One of our primary […]

The plan for up to 2,000 new Rock Hill jobs is on track

A Rock Hill business park set to bring up to 2,000 new jobs is a step closer to construction.

On Monday night Rock Hill City Council voted to move forward with an agreement between the city, public and private stakeholders to create a commerce site near the county airport.

“It is a preliminary agreement,” said Stephen Turner, […]

U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman to Host Eight Town Halls

Over the next month, U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman is scheduled to host eight (8) in-person town hall events throughout South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. A list of events can be found below, along with links for additional information.

While dates and times should be firm, venue arrangements are still being finalized for two counties. Any and […]

SCDOT seeking input on the Multimodal Transportation Plan

SCDOT is updating the Long Range Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (MTP) to address South Carolina’s growing transportation needs.  Click here to take the survey.

County first in the state for job creation

Lancaster County is first in the state for job creation and fifth for total economic development investments for fiscal 2019, which ended June 30.
The standings were released Friday by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and are based on job creation announcements released by the S.C. Department of Commerce.
According to the data, almost 1,500 new […]

Tega Cay Comprehensive Plan Update – seeks community input

The City of Tega Cay is updating its Comprehensive Plan and as a part of community outreach, electronic surveys are available for residents to complete.  These short surveys give participants an opportunity to share their ideas on Tega Cay’s challenges and its possibilities.  One survey includes questions on community characteristics and values.  While the other […]

From a sprout to a seedling, Roseburg steadily growing

To use a lumber metaphor that the people of Roseburg Forest Products might be somewhat familiar with, the Chester Engineered Wood plant started as a sprout, and has now grown into a seedling, on it’s way to becoming a full-grown tree. In other words, the Chester site has been at the current location for about […]

‘A moment we’ll all look back to’: Rock Hill’s new free bus service is ready to roll

Rock Hill is putting a model for the entire world on its streets. But for people only needing to go a block at a time, it’ll be there, too.

The first of four My Ride Rock Hill bus routes begins Monday. Service to the downtown and Knowledge Park areas starts the free, electric bus program followed by routes […]

Billions of dollars in gold sparks mine expansion, promise of 250 jobs near SC town

Potentially rich deposits of gold in South Carolina are fueling the expansion of a huge mine that has boosters excited about the prospect of 250 new jobs in a tiny community with a history of unemployment.

OceanaGold’s expansion plan says the Australian company would increase its existing 4,552-acre Haile Gold Mine site by more than 900 […]

Census puts numbers to the area’s rapid population growth

The U.S. Census Bureau released new municipal population estimates Thursday. Those numbers show some areas are growing like wildfire – especially along Interstate 77 – since the most recent official census in 2010.

Fort Mill

At the rate it’s going, Fort Mill is likely to double its population in the decade since the 2010 census.

The town […]

HS sewer project cost rises $10K

Replacing one of its aging sewer lift stations and repairing two others will cost the town about $10,000 more than anticipated.“It’s going to be little a more than we thought,” said Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore. The original construction cost was estimated at $490,000, but the low bid of came in at $595,500. But the […]