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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Planning and Zoning Officials Training Calendar – Spring 2020

Click here to view the training calendar for Spring 2020.

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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 […]

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SC 160/I-77 Interchange Reconfiguration Public Meeting Notice


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 & […]

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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

The Southern Panhandle Small Area Plan includes key areas surrounding Highway 521, south […]

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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

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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 […]

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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, […]

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$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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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County near top in S.C. population growth

Lancaster County was the fourth fastest growing county in the state last year, behind Horry, Berkeley and York, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates. Fueled by Panhandle growth, Lancaster County’s population soared 24.5 percent from 2010 to 2018. It increased 3 percent from 2017 to 2018. The county has jumped from 76,652 residents in 2010 to […]

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Rock Hill unveils free, clean My Ride bus with service to begin in June

Rock Hill’s newest — and free — transportation option is off and rolling. Next stop? Summer service connecting the city.

The city received its first My Ride bus, debuting it Tuesday morning at Fountain Park in downtown to a crowd of more than 100 people. My Ride buses start their routes July 1, with a downtown […]

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Job Seeker Services Coming to Clover and Surrounding Areas

into the rural areas of York County has been top of mind for SC Works Catawba,
the region’s reemployment system. Job seekers in some of those rural pockets of
York County will soon have close access to job seeker services.

County Business Retention & Expansion Manager Teresa Curtice introduced Clover
Town Administration Allison Harvey to SC Works Operator and […]

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million for Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Infrastructure Upgrades in South Carolina

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $3.7 million in grants to the state of South Carolina to make critical infrastructure upgrades needed to help the state respond to recent natural disasters.

“The Trump Administration has repeatedly emphasized the need to upgrade America’s infrastructure,” said […]

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’A headquarters destination’: What Project Silver may bring Lancaster County

An 87-acre Indian Land site is up for rezoning and could bring a massive corporate location near Bridgemill, Ansley Park and Thousand Oaks.

The 9258 Charlotte Hwy. site currently has a home with a garage and barn.

The plan for what’s called “Project Silver” shows a two-story, 300,00-square-foot office building. The site would have 350 employee parking […]

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A startling development (or even two or three)

“You’re it.”

That’s what brokers and developers of all kinds are telling Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker Dean when it comes to considering Chester County as the Next Big Thing for development.

The growth in the county, not only in the industrial sector but now also in the housing sector, has led those developers and […]

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Federal grant will upgrade Heath Springs sewer facility

Heath Springs will get a much-needed $1.4 million upgrade at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, thanks to a federal grant that pays for 86 percent of the work. The money for the upgrades is coming from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by the S.C. Commerce Department. Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to provide […]

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York County leaders turn focus to mass transit needs

As Charlotte plans for mass transit, neighboring communities in South Carolina soon may look to join them.

There may be little alternative.

“We talk about roads,” Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study director David Hooper told his group’s policy committee late last week. “We’ve widened most of the roads. I keep saying this. Everyone is not going […]

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Straight Talk interview on Fort Mill School District population growth

Straight Talk with Manning Kimmel radio interview with Dr. Chuck Epps, Fort Mill Schools Superintendent and Cole McKinney from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments on January 25, 2019. The interview discussed population projections for the Fort Mill School District. Click here to hear the interview.

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Clemson Extension partnering on Resource Rodeo for S.C. farmers

The Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team is partnering on an event aimed at offering a plethora of resources and programming to help South Carolina farmers succeed.

Centrally located in the state’s capital, the 2019 S.C. Farmer Resource Rodeo is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the River Center at Saluda Shoals, 5605 Bush River […]

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2018 a very successful year

2018 a very successful year | Union Daily Times


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ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation

ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation |

ServiceMac, a new mortgage-servicing company, is setting up its headquarters in Indian Land and plans […]

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City part of ‘Project of The Year’

A program that enabled the City of Union to demolish and clear away dilapidated houses has been named the SC Association of Regional Councils (SCARC) Project of the Year for 2018.

In a statement released at the end of November, Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) Executive Director Randy Imler announced that “Catawba Regional’s ‘Neighborhood Initiative […]

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York County may buy 1,900-acre riverfront location

York County soon could buy roughly 1,900 acres for an Anne Springs Close Greenway-type project on the Rock Hill side of the Catawba River.

“It’s a very exciting project,” said Bill Shanahan, county manager. “When you think about it, how often does council get to make a decision like this?”

As of Monday morning, the county hadn’t […]

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Another 1,000-job prospect on radar

Another company is eyeing Lancaster County for a corporate headquarters/customer service center that could create almost 1,000 high-paying jobs by 2024.
Dubbed “Project Mustang” by Lancaster County Economic Development, the company is looking at multiple locations in the Charlotte area, including one here.
“Mustang is Indian Land focused. That’s all I can say about the specifics at […]

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A Chester County manufacturer is bringing new jobs. It isn’t the first time

A major Chester County manufacturing plant is expanding and adding 75 new jobs.

Carolina Poly Inc. produces trash bags, plastic sheeting, shrink films and other products. It’s part of Poly-America, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the U.S. Carolina Poly announced in 2015 is was investing $100 million in Chester County. The 500-square-foot facility […]

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Nutramax upping local jobs by 60%

Eight years after arriving in Lancaster, Nutramax Laboratories is expanding for the third time, announcing Wednesday that it will invest another $20 million in facilities and hire 225 employees – a 60 percent increase in its local workforce.
From the governor’s office to Lancaster County, officials hailed the move.
“It’s difficult to put into words just how […]

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