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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
J. Edward Lee – Vice-Chair

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


Executive Director
Randy Imler

Administrative Support Staff
Amy Chitwood, Finance Director
Autumn Cauthen, Assistant Finance Director
Kathy Rice, Administrative Specialist
Tyler Lewis, Associate Program Officer
Planning Staff
Robert C. Moody, AICP, Senior Planner
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 […]

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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 is a source of partial business financing for land, buildings, machinery and equipment, and working capital.

Buckwalter Dental, Bluffton, SC – RLF and IRP

The Intermediary Relending Program was started in 1992 with funds from the federal office of Rural Development (formerly Farmers Home Administration). These funds have been used by […]

Revolving Loan Fund

The Revolving Loan Fund Program was started in 1987 with funds from the federal Economic Development Administration and other public sources. These funds have been used by many businesses in the region, creating hundreds of jobs and leveraging millions of dollars in private investment. RLF funds from $50,000 to $300,000 are available to small businesses […]

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 to 40% of eligible […]

Brownfields Program

What is a Brownfield?

A brownfield site is property that was once used for commercial or industrial purposes and is now targeted for redevelopment. Brownfields sites can be abandoned factories, gas stations, oil storage facilities, and other businesses that used polluting substances. Such sites must be cleaned up and determined to be safe from any contamination […]

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

Empowering Employers, Job Seekers, and Incumbent Workers

Welcome to the SC Works Catawba Workforce System administered by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The Workforce System’s mission is to create, modify, and sustain a local delivery system that engages all workforce development entities to ensure that the employment-related needs of employers, job seekers and incumbent workers are met.

Our […]

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 persons of low and moderate incomes. The Program’ s mission has been developed to improve the well-being of all South Carolinians by strengthening communities through […]

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

Transportation Planning

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) is committed to developing an efficient, multi-modal transportation system which will increase the mobility of people and goods within the Catawba Region.  A successful partnership with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has enabled CRCOG to take a more active role in regional transportation issues.  Click here […]


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 […]


What is “GIS”? 

A Geographic Information System (GIS) incorporates geographical features with tabular data in order to map, analyze, and assess real-world problems.  The key word to this technology is Geography – this means that the data (or at least some portion of the data) is spatial or, in other words, the data is in some way referenced […]


What is Planning?

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations.

Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating […]

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 […]