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DEW launches Extended Benefits Program

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

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).

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.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

RIA
Program:           Economic
Infrastructure

Grantee:                     Town of Great Falls

Total Project Cost:    $375,625

RIA
Funds:
               $326,365

Local
Funds:
             $49,260

Beneficiaries:             5 residences and 8 businesses

Project Description: The project will […]

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 […]

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

YouthBuild wins $787K federal grant

YouthBuild Lancaster has received $787,621 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor. YouthBuild, a program of Communities in Schools Lancaster, is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 complete high school or state equivalency degree programs.

YouthBuild members earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand […]

Development activity strong in Rock Hill, economic leaders say

To hear economic leaders tell it, Rock Hill is open for business.

The Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. met Tuesday to offer a snapshot of the city’s development scene. The nonprofit has several major projects on its horizon, from the redevelopment of the former Herald newspaper site on West Main Street to several large-scale spec buildings […]

York County Traffic Count Map – 2018

York County Traffic Count Map – 2018

Lancaster County Traffic Count Map – 2018

Lancaster County Traffic Count Map – 2018

Union County Traffic Count Map – 2018

Union County Traffic Count Map – 2018