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SCDOT Office of Public Transit Announcement of Funding Opportunities for SFY2013-2014

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is announcing the
availability of information and applications for Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) financial assistance to support public and human services transportation
within the State of South Carolina.  The State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2013-2014 funding announcements, information and applications can be accessed through the SCDOT website by clicking here.

This call for […]

Council of Governments and Development Corporation Meeting January 24th, 2013

The next meeting of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the COG offices, Catawba Regional Center, 215 Hampton Street in Rock Hill.

To view the meeting memorandum, click here.


Public Comment Sought For Additional Federal Aid Bridge Program Projects

 The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on additional projects recommended for the Federal Aid Bridge Program. The projects include the replacement of 34 bridges located in 22 counties and the rehabilitation of 53 bridges in 27 counties. The bridges will be programmed for construction as funding becomes […]

SCARC Legislator of the Year 2012

We are pleased to recognize Representative James M. Neal as the 2012 South Carolina Association of Regional Councils’ “Legislator of the Year.”

In Memoriam: Dora T Martin-Jennings, Catawba Regional COG Chair

In Memoriam:

Dora T. Martin-Jennings
December 2, 1933 – September 28, 2012
Catawba Regional COG Chair

The Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home

Home Buyer Program Will Salute South Carolina Heroes

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC State Housing) announced a $10 million initiative designed to help South Carolina law enforcement officers, correctional officers, teachers, firefighters, nurses, veterans and EMS personnel who want to become homeowners.

Buying a first home can be a challenge, even if you are employed in a noble profession, […]

Freight Mobility Plan

The Freight Mobility Plan develops a regional strategy for freight movement, incorporating trucking, marine cargo, rail freight and air cargo, and intermodal connections between them.

It also examines current and future freight issues as the region looks to preserve and enhance a reliable and efficient transportation system for the future.

The plan is developed through public‐private sector coordination with […]

Regional Freight Mobility Plan Scoping Process – Open House

Regional Freight Mobility Plan Scoping Process
Open House February 8, 2012

What important issues should be addressed to ensure the efficient and effective freight movement in our region?

That will be a chief topic of open houses designed to get public input into the development of a scope of work for a Freight Mobility Plan for the […]

SCARC Legislator of the Year 2011

We are pleased to recognize Senator Robert W. Hayes, Jr. as the 2011 South Carolina Association of Regional Councils’ “Legislator of the Year.”

Senator Hayes is eminently qualified for this honor.  In addition to being a long time supporter of the state’s Council of Governments network,   Senator Hayes was instrumental in helping establish the Catawba Wateree […]

Notice of Requests for Proposal Listing & Sale of NSP Homes

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (Catawba COG) is requesting proposals from qualified Real Estate Brokers for the listing, marketing and sale of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) homes. Catawba COG has an ongoing program to purchase foreclosed residential properties through the NSP program in York County and Lancaster County, rehabilitate the properties and place them back […]

Building Permit Report for the Catawba Region – 2nd Quarter 2011

Catawba Regional tracks building permit activity as a means of monitoring growth.  We have now completed the report showing building permit activity throughout the Catawba Region for the second quarter (April – June) of 2011.  The report gives you quick access to permit totals by county and major municipalities along with an indication of the […]

Census Bureau Releases New Local-Level Demographic Information from 2010 Census for South Carolina

The U.S. Census Bureau today released new, detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and South Carolina.

These Summary File 1 tables provide the most detailed counts available so far from the 2010 Census, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race […]

SCDOT is seeking comment from the public on projects receiving funding from the Federal Transit Administration.

You may review the projects receiving funding and provide comment until April 14, 2011 at:

COG Board

Council of Governments Board of Directors

 All member county representatives, except legislative delegation representatives, on the Catawba Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors are appointed by their applicable county council.  Legislative representatives are appointed by their respective county delegations.

Executive Committee

Frank Hart – Chair
Robert Winkler – Vice Chair

At-Large Members
Jim Fuller (Chester County)
Russell […]


Executive Director
Randy Imler

Administrative Support Staff
Amy Chitwood, Finance Director
Autumn Cauthen, Assistant Finance Director
Planning  and Transportation Staff
Kara W. Drane, AICP, Senior Planner
Stephen Allen, AICP, Senior Planner

Workforce Development Staff
Nicole Lawing, Workforce Development Administrator
Phyllis Anderson, Workforce Development Program Specialist
Ashley Hamilton, Workforce Development Specialist

Development Corporation Staff
J. Randall Imler, Development Corporation Director
Randy Pellisero, Senior Lending Officer/Director – West Region
Ed Brock, Senior […]

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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.

Laboratory designed to put nature’s fury in a box

Amid the fields and scattered pines of Chester County, a new six-story concrete building juts out of the landscape.  One of its walls is dotted with what looks like a grid of airplane engines, dozens of them.

This new facility is unique in South Carolina and the world, according to its builders.  […]


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Metal company plans up to 200 jobs in York County

A Canadian metal fabricator is opening a plant in York County that will bring as many as 200 new jobs over the next five years.

St. Romuald, Quebec-based Supermetal will open the facility in the former Worthington Steel building in Lesslie. The company makes architectural and structural steel for the building industry.

“It’s a good project,” said […]

Intermediary Relending Program

The Intermediary Relending Program was started in 1992 with funds from the federal office of Rural

Buckwalter Dental, Bluffton, SC – RLF and IRP

Development (formerly Farmers Home Administration). These funds have been used by many businesses in the region. The purpose of the program is to promote economic development in non-metropolitan areas.

IRP funds from […]

Revolving Loan Fund

The Revolving Loan Fund Program was started in 1987 with funds from the federal Economic Development Administration and other public sources. RLF funds from $50,000 to $750,000 are available to small businesses located in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, […]

Small Business Administration 504 Program

Nick’s Steak & Seafood, Hilton Head, SC -SBA

The SBA 504 Business Loan Program provides partial financing for land, buildings, and machinery and equipment. SBA 504 funds range from $50,000 to $5,000,000 and are available to businesses in South Carolina. These funds generally can be used, in conjunction with bank financing, to fund up […]

SC Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

“Transforming SC Community Liabilities into Valued Community Assets One Site at a Time…”

The South Carolina Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF) is available to finance environmental cleanup and removal activities at brownfields sites across the state. Loan funds are available to non-profit, governmental, and private for-profit borrowers at a below market interest rate. Non-profit and […]

Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is a federal agency which is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce.  EDA was created to provide assistance to local governments and states in enhancing economic growth and creating jobs.  The agency offers a number of grant programs which seek to implement these goals.

Catawba Regional COG has been […]

Economic Development & Lending

Providing Economic Development Solutions for the Catawba Region of South Carolina

Since its inception in 1970, Catawba Regional Council of Governments has been focused on creating and maintaining jobs and sustaining a competitive economic development environment within the region.  A key component of this effort has been the nurturing and enhancement of existing employment centers and the […]

WIOA & Job Training

The Rock Hill & Lancaster SCWorks offices are now open from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday.  The Chester SCWorks Center is open for virtual appointments only at this time.

PY20 WIOA Catawba Area Local Plan & Central Region Plans

If you have comments on the Catawba Area Local Plan or the Central Region Plan, please send […]

Community Development Block Grant

The South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is designed to provide assistance to units of local government in improving economic opportunities and meeting community revitalization needs, particularly for low and moderate income persons. The Program’ s mission has been developed to improve the well-being of all South Carolinians by strengthening communities through revitalization […]

Community Development


Catawba Regional Council of Governments Community Development services are an integral component to strengthening and stabilizing communities with the region.  Through the Community Development Block Grant, communities throughout the region are better positioned to stimulate economic growth and promote sustainability.

Federal and South Carolina state grant dollars, as well as public and private sector dollars, combine […]

Public Transit Planning

Catawba Regional COG encourages and supports the expansion and improvement of public transportation in the region through the efforts of its Regional Transit Management Agency (RTMA). Working with the SC Department of Transportation, Catawba Regional RTMA acts as the formal organization within the region to provide a multi-jurisdictional, coordinated approach for the provision of transit […]

Transportation Planning

In a growing and diverse area like the Catawba Region, solutions are a vital necessity to the continued growth and vitality of the region.  The region’s proximity to the major economic hub of Charlotte, North Carolina via Interstate I-77 combined with the transection of the counties within the region by several critical U.S. and South Carolina highways make […]


In a growing and diverse area like the Catawba Region, transportation planning, and public transit solutions are a vital necessity to the continued growth and vitality of the region.  The region’s proximity to the major economic hub of Charlotte, North Carolina via Interstate I-77 combined with the transection of the counties within the region by several critical […]


One of the core services which Catawba Regional COG provides to its local governments is in the area of state and federal grants.  The COG assists by providing notices of grant availability, helping local governments prepare applications, and providing administrative assistance in the implementation of grant projects.  Most grant programs operate on yearly cycles.  This section provides an overview […]


Catawba Regional produces a wide array of data, information, maps, and models, addressing topics from transportation and land use to demographics and employment, and we have decades of experience using geospatial analysis in support of the organization’s programs and local member data needs.

We use Esri ArcGIS to perform geospatial analysis, data geoprocessing, developing and managing geospatial databases, creating online as well as hard-copy maps, and developing web-based […]


Catawba Regional provides planning services to enhance the lives of residents and their communities by creating more resilient, equitable, healthy, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations.

Planners help civic leaders, businesses, and citizens collaborate to envision their future, identify new possibilities, and address community problems. Planning enables the community to achieve the right […]

Local Government Services

The staff of Catawba Regional Council of Governments are able to provide assistance with a wide variety of activities normally undertaken by local governments.  These activities may include diverse areas such as grant writing, planning services, drone photography and videography, and Geographic Information System mapping and analysis.

Catawba Regional has a long history of providing quality […]


The Catawba Region is composed of four counties in the north-central section of South Carolina.  The Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) was created in 1970 to provide a broad range of assistance to local governments in the region.

In 2010, the Census Bureau reported a total population of 364,826 in the region or a 25.8 percent increase over […]