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Town of Fort Mill

The town of Fort Mill, located in York County, South Carolina, is located just across the state line from Charlotte, North Carolina along the I-77 corridor. The town has approximately 10,811 residents living within the corporate limits based on the 2010 Census.

The town was home to the Catawba Indians for many years. In the 1750’s […]

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:

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

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

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

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) […]

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

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.  […]

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. […]

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 […]

Catawba Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies 2017

Catawba Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies 2017

Check out Catawba Regional’s Youtube Channel

See what’s going on in the communities of the Catawba Region.  Check out our new Youtube page by clicking here.  Check back periodically for additional videos that will be added to our channel.

Catawba Regional receives $600,000 brownfields assessment coalition grant

Brownfields 2018 Assessment Grant Fact Sheet

Press Release for EPA Assessment Award

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,

LUCA – Census 2020 Training Documents

LUCA Training Powerpoint – Digital

Mike Shealy Presentation at the 2018 Elected Officials Forum

Mike Shealy Presentation at the 2018 Elected Officials Forum.

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:

Catawba-Wateree River basin News

As of Monday (July 3rd), the Catawba-Wateree will return to a Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) Stage 0.  This means the C-W will return to the normal operations of minimum flows, recreation flows, and lake level  operating ranges.  Duke Energy will also begin operating according to the attached recreation flow schedule.  This schedule will be updated […]

York County Traffic Count Map – 2016

York County Traffic Count Map – 2016

Lancaster County Traffic Count Map – 2016

Lancaster County Traffic Count Map – 2016

Chester County Traffic Count Map – 2016

Chester County Traffic Count Map – 2016

Union County Traffic Count Map – 2016

Union County Traffic Count Map – 2016

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.


CRCOG and CRDC 2016 Annual Report

CRCOG and CRDC 2016 Annual Report

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

Request For Qualifications (RFQ)-Land Surveying Professional Services

Request For Qualifications (RFQ)-Land Surveying Professional Services

UDO – Draft Versions


10/24/2016 Version









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

Catawba Regional Releases 2016 County Level Employment and Industry Reports

Catawba Regional Council of Governments has released its annual Employment and Industry Reports for the counties of Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York, SC.  These reports contain detailed data pertaining to growth and/or decline in industry clusters for each respective county.  Industry cluster data is delineated by either “Local Clusters” (those industries whose products and services […]

Catawba Regional – Program of Work 2016 – 2017

Catawba Regional – Program of Work 2016 – 2017

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