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Rural Infrastructure Authority Projects Awarded May 2020

Following is a list of the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority grants awarded in May 2020 that were prepared by Catawba Regional Council of Governments.

Project Name: North Market Street Water Improvements Project
RIA Program: Basic Infrastructure
Grantee: City of Lancaster
Total Project Cost: $616,550
RIA Funds: $363,000
Local Funds: $253,550
Beneficiaries: 59 Residences
Project Description: Upgrades to water lines on North Market […]

In Memoriam – Robby Moody

Our community is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Robert Carson Moody, favorably known as Robby, since his passing on Saturday, August 1st, 2020, while hiking with one of his beloved children.

Robby was the son of Mrs. Mary A. Schirmer Moody and the late Mr. Alton Eugene Moody. Robby is survived by his mother, […]

SC Works Employment Assistance Services Go Virtual

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Submit your ideas for the future of York with a Community Survey




The City of York is developing a strategic plan and needs your input. Residents are invited to share their ideas on City of York’s facilities, programs, and vision for the future.  The online community survey is available for residents to give feedback on services and preferred community direction.   Residents are encouraged to complete the short […]

WIOA Youth Success Story

Congratulations Justin Wright for completing his CDL training on 6/22/2020 and beginning a job on 6/29/2020 at Coltharp Inc Industrial Supply.  He earns $26 per hour and will be home every day.  He is an expectant Father who resides in Chester, SC.  He will also be mentoring other young men and women in the Chester area […]

WIOA Youth Success Story

Alec Lohmann came into the SC Works Lancaster office seeking career guidance and assistance with developing a career path.  He was working at Food Lion but wanted to better himself and pursue a career.  While he did not have an extensive work history in the construction industry, Alec was interested in Heavy Equipment Operation.  He […]

CDBG Update – City of Union Fire Truck

The City of Union received a new Fire Truck today.  The funds for the vehicle were provided in part through a Community Development Block Grant  through the Community Enrichment program from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide […]

Catawba Regional Development Corporation Update

When New York By The Slice owner, Kendrick Hill (pictured with his wife, Gracie) decided to purchase the building he had been leasing for seven years South State Bank and Catawba Regional Council of Governments partnered to assist with the financing. The restaurant currently has six employees.

New York By The Slice Italian Restaurant
921 West Carolina […]

2019 SC COGS Conference – Project of the Year Award

Project Title: City of Union – Main Street Junction & Downtown Streetscape Improvements

Project Summary:  This multi-year, multi-phased project totaled $2,141,609 in direct investment in downtown Union. The first phase, Main Street Junction, was completed in November 2016 at a cost of $1,590,227 and successfully delivered a first-class venue for the use and enjoyment of the […]

SBA 504 Loan Program News

When Arpit, Rajesh, and Shaileshbahai Patel, principals of Krishnashray, LLC, decided to finance the acquisition of a gas station/convenience store and equipment, Catawba Regional was able to assist with an SBA 504 (Small Business Administration) loan. First Citizens Bank participated as the first mortgage lender. Collectively, the owners boast over a decade of work experience in the industry. Five (5) […]

Community Development Block Grant Update

September was a busy month in the life of the grants staff. Two SC RIA projects were submitted and Six CDBG applications were submitted. The SC RIA projects included a request for the replacement of two wastewater pump stations for the Town of Fort Mill and a stormwater/culvert replacement project on Bailes Road for Lancaster […]

Office space available in downtown Rock Hill!!!

6,000 sf of flexible office space in the Knowledge Park corridor of downtown Rock Hill. $10.50/sf not including applicable taxes, insurance, utilities, or janitorial services. The space includes conference rooms, interior and exterior offices, fixed cubicles, two bathrooms, common work areas, and reception. Ample parking, easy access to Rock Hill transit system (stop is across […]

Union County Transit Feasibility Study

The Union County Transit Feasibility Study was completed to understand the need for public transportation in the county and within the region, to determine the feasibility of providing transit service, to determine community support for transit service and to define the different transit alternatives that could work in Union County and the available funding sources.  […]

Job Endurance Training (JET) receives NADO award

Job Endurance Training (JET) was born out of a request from the Strategic Planning Committee of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments Workforce Development Board (WDB).  After talking with Catawba-region employers and reviewing various surveys, it was clear that employers needed job seekers with employ ability skills, more commonly referred to as soft skills.

In preparation […]

American Thread Mill Community Visioning Workshop

Using resources from its EPA Brownfields Assessment grant, Catawba Regional COG sponsored a Community Visioning Workshop in Clover to discuss the American Thread Mill site. The meeting was facilitated by staff from Catawba Regional and its environmental consultant, Cardno, Inc. Over 40 stakeholders gathered to share their thoughts about the property and ideas for redevelopment. […]

Update on Current RIA Funded Projects

Following is a list of the current South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority grants that are being administered by Catawba Regional Council of Governments.

Project Name:            Highway 200 Pump Station Upgrade Project

Program:           Economic

Grantee:                     Town of Great Falls

Total Project Cost:    $375,625



Beneficiaries:             5 residences and 8 businesses

Project Description: The project will […]

CRCOG Board adopts two-year Rural Planning Work Program for FY2019-2021

Revolving Loan Fund News

When Drs. Harvey and Loray Spencer, principals of A Healthy Smile, PA, decided to finance the acquisition of commercial real estate, Catawba Regional was able to assist with an RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) loan. First Citizens Bank participated as the first mortgage lender. A Healthy Smile, PA offers services from basic cleanings to cosmetic work. […]

Revolving Loan Fund News

Catawba Regional recently merged the Waccamaw Regional Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) into Catawba Regional’s Revolving Loan Fund. This increased Catawba Regional’s RLF lending area to include Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties, for a total of 29 South Carolina counties eligible for RLF lending and 35 South Carolina counties eligible for the SC Agribusiness Loan Fund (SCALF). RLF […]

Need a first job, better job or new skills in York County region? This can help

At 64, Lancaster resident James Blackmon is learning a new trade.

After retiring as a truck driver in 2016, Blackmon realized he wanted to fund home projects and needed a job. That’s where SC Works stepped in. 

SC Works is a brand of services aimed to help job seekers in South Carolina. At no cost to the […]

2019 Catawba Regional Elected Officials Forum

The 2019 Elected Officials Forum was held on January 3, 2019 at The Gateway Center in Richburg, SC. The keynote speakers were Tyson Smith with White & Smith LLC Planning and Law Group and Mike Shealy with the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee.

Mike Shealy Presentation

Balancing Growth – Tyson Smith Presentation

2018 Catawba Region in Review […]

2018 SCAPA Planning Award – Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail cross state suspension bridge project was a multi-jurisdictional project completed in April of 2016.  The cross state bridge

Revolving Loan Fund Update

Catawba Regional was able to assist Ashley Fann and Scott Sherrill (pictured at left), principals of REVO Management, LLC, with an RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) loan to finance the acquisition of commercial real estate, and to purchase equipment for the facility located in Rock Hill, SC. South State Bank provided first mortgage financing for this […]

SC Rural Infrastructure Authority Projects Update

Following is a list of the current South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority grants that are being administered by Catawba Regional

SBA 504 Loan Program News

New or existing business, new growth, new opportunities…..Economic Development Loans are available to help you grow your business.

The SBA 504 Loan program now offers a 25 year amortization option. Funds are available to small businesses located throughout the state of South Carolina for loans up to $5.5 million. SBA 504 interest rates for August 2018:


10 […]

Lancaster County – Small Area Plan

Lancaster County is preparing a Small Area Plan for the Hwy 521/Town of Van Wyck area south of Waxhaw Highway and north of Hwy 5 and Andrew

Union County Transit Feasibility Study

Union County is developing a Transit Feasibility Study to determine the type of public transportation service that would be appropriate for the community.

CDBG Update – 3 Projects Awarded

The following three projects received funding from the April 2018 round of the Community Development Block Grant – Infrastructure Program:






Project Name: Roundtree Circle Pump Station Project

Grantee:                                                         Chester County

Total Project Cost:                                        $486,300

CDBG Funds:                                               $418,670

Chester County Wastewater Recovery:      $67,630

Beneficiaries:                                                 105 persons, 60 (57%) of whom are low and moderate income.

Project Description:  The project will […]

New options on SBA 504 loans

The Small Business Administration now offers SBA 504 loans with a 25 year maturity. With a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan and as little as 10% borrower injection,

SBA loans continue to be one of the best financing plans for new or expanding businesses!   For more lending information contact Randy Pellisero or Ed Brock at 803-327-9041.

Small Business Administration 504 Loan News

When Josh Protch, Walter Protch, and Tom Slimchak, principals of SP4 Land Co., LLC, decided to refinance debt on commercial land and

CDBG Update – City of Union

The City of Union Streetscape project was funded with CDBG funds from the SC Department of Commerce. The city invested $551,382, with $490,284 coming from the CDBG grant.  The project paved the city parking lots between N. Gadberry and N. Pinckney Streets in downtown Union. New sidewalks, decorative lighting, landscaping with irrigation, and a screened […]

Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

When Robin Jackson, owner of Sheba’s Doggy Day Camp, decided to purchase commercial land and buildings for her doggy day camp, Catawba Regional,

Development of Union County’s Transit Feasibility Study

Community Transit Needs and Next Steps for a Transit Program

Union County received South Carolina State MassTransit Funds from

Dislocated Worker Transition Centers open in Lancaster and York Counties

The Catawba Region recently opened two Dislocated Worker Transition Centers. These centers

SC Agribusiness Loan Fund (SC ALF) News

In August 2016, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded Catawba Regional grant funding of $1,040,000 to start an

CDBG Update: Three Projects Underway

The following three projects received Community Development Block Grant funding in July 2016 and are now underway:

Chester County and Catawba Regional receive national Innovation Award

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has announced that the Catawba

Small Business Administration 504 Loan News

When Pierre and Connie Binot decided to purchase the Cuthbert House Inn, where they were once guests, Catawba Regional partnered with

WIOA Update – SC Vocational Rehabilitation events held in April

Event date: 04/25/2017 (Rock Hill Area office)
Expect, Employ and Empower. 

Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

Catawba Regional recently assumed the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) loan program from Lake City, SC.

This assumption increased Catawba Regional’s loan fund by approximately $350,000.


2017 Small Company Workforce Innovator Award

The SC Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Innovator Awards honor companies that have implemented unique private sector workforce development

Small Business Administration 504 Loan News

When existing borrower, Naynesh Dave decided to purchase another gas station/convenience store Catawba Regional partnered with

City of Union – Main Street Junction Project

Main Street Junction was completed in November 2016 and successfully delivered a first-class venue for the use and enjoyment of the greater Union


New SC Agribusiness Loan Fund (SC ALF)  In August, EDA awarded Catawba Regional grant funding of $1,040,000 to start an agribusiness

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 includes key areas surrounding Exits 65 and 62 and the Town of Richburg.  On Thursday, October 20th, the results of the Hands-On Workshop will be shared […]

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

Cancer is such a scary word, no matter how it’s spoken.
Peace of mind taken

Chester Sewer District awarded $2.9 million grant

On August 30, 2016, the Chester Sewer District was awarded a $2.9 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic

SC Works Catawba Job Fair – 2016

SC Works Catawba sponsored its first Sector Job Fair on June 14, 2016 at USCL. The focus of the job fair was Light Industrial/Manufacturing.  The 14 Catawba

Community Development Block Grant Projects Awarded – June 2016

The following three projects received funding from the April 2016 round of the Community