Category Archives: Featured News

CRCOG Annual Demographic Report

Check out this demographic report for the Catawba COG region to see how our area is changing.

Click here to view the report.

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CONNECT Beyond Regional Mobility Plan

CONNECT Beyond is a bold regional mobility plan that sets the vision for how to better connect the rural, suburban, and urban communities in our 12-county region. This plan will guide and coordinate future mobility investments for the next two decades and serve as a blueprint for implementing a robust, integrated public transit network that […]

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Job Fairs Coming to the Catawba Region

Gateway Job Fair coming September 9, 2021.  The event will be held in Richburg at the Gateway Center at 3200 Commerce Dr.

Click here to view the flyer.

York County Job Fair coming September 22, 2021.  The event will be held at the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center at 326 Technology Center Way in Rock Hill.

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Chester County Seeks Community Input – Hazard Mitigation Plan

Chester County and the Emergency Management Agency are developing an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan to review all hazards and develop appropriate mitigation strategies to reduce community risk and enhance resiliency.  Residents, businesses, and community stakeholders are invited to participate in a public forum and complete a survey on hazards and mitigation strategies to strengthen community […]

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Stormwater Consultant RFP – CAD Files

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Last Step is first stop for jobs, new industry in Chester County

Last Step Recycling, LLC, an automotive shredder residue (ASR) company, on Monday announced plans to establish operations in Chester County. The $46.4 million investment will create 50 new jobs.

Founded in 2019, Last Step Recycling, LLC processes ASR to capture metals such as copper, aluminum and other resources. These recycled metals are then used in appliances, […]

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Request for Qualifications – Brownfields Assessment Project

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) invites interested parties to submit Statements of Qualification (SOQ) to provide environmental and consulting services to CRCOG in support of its brownfields program for a contract period of up to three years. Total period of the contract will be determined at the sole discretion of CRCOG. CRCOG is looking […]

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A perfect pairing

People are always searching for the perfect pairing with their wine. As Chester County Economic Development Director Robert Long told members of the Chester Rotary Club recently, the “perfect pairing” for Gallo Wines is Chester County.

Long briefed Rotary members recently on some of the details of the deal just closed to bring the E.& J. […]

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Request for Proposals – Digital CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy)

Click here to see the Request for Proposals outline.

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More job fairs coming to Lancaster!

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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said he was pleased legislation that would add Union County, South Carolina to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) had unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The Graham-authored provision was contained in legislation, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021. It will allow Union County to […]

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Job Fairs coming to Heath Springs, Indian Land, and Lancaster

06/10/2021 Job Fair (Lancaster ED)
USCL – Bradley Building
476 Hubbard Dr.
Lancaster, SC 29720

06/15/2021 Job Fair (Indian Land CoC)
238 Fort Mill Hwy
Fort Mill, SC 29707

06/17/2021 Job Fair (Heath Springs)
103 Duncan St.
Heath Springs, SC  29058

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Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus 1 Public Hearing Notice

Click here to view the Public Hearing Notice for an application for Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus 1 (“CDBG-CV1”) grant funding.

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Project Tiger to bring 65 jobs to area

A new industry will bring capital investment and jobs to Union County.

The company, code-named “Project Tiger,” plans to purchase the former ESAB building in the Midway Green Industrial Park for $3.3 million and create 65 jobs, according to Dolton Williams, executive director of the Union County Development Board.

Last week, Union County Council approved second reading […]

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VOCO America investing $3.2M to expand headquarters, increase local workforce

An international maker of dental materials used to repair teeth is expanding its North American headquarters in Lancaster County with a more than $3.2 million investment that will more than double its local workforce.

VOCO America Inc., which is currently leasing space at Rosemont Business Park off S.C. 160, has purchased property there and will build […]

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Job Fair coming April 15th!!!

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SC Housing’s 2021 Palmetto Heroes Program

SC Housing is pleased to introduce SC Housing’s 2021 Palmetto Heroes Program. The program honors and includes educators, first responders and community service personnel in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, firefighting, emergency medical services and health care, as well as active duty military, members of the SC Army National Guard, SC Air National Guard […]

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Community Development Block Grant Funding Could Benefit York County Residents

York County’s needs assessment, holding a public hearing for residents, giving them a chance to give input on the County’s biggest ticket items such as housing, public facilities and economic development.

York County on the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, coming together to hold a public hearing around Community Block Grant Funding. That’s nearly $18 million […]

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Eddie Pickett – 2021 Small Business Person of the Year

Eddie Pickett, owner of Quality Cleaning Janitor Services LLC, has been named “2021 Small Business Person of the Year” by the Winthrop Region SBDC. Eddie is a long time Rock Hill business owner with outstanding entrepreneurial achievements and a history of continuous contributions to the community.

Catawba Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) has partnered with the SBDC for […]

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SC Department of Employment and Workforce – Data Dashboard

Check out DEW’s data dashboard to see the latest Unemployment Insurance claims, trends, and data.  Below are some graphs from the latest report.

*Graphics taken from SC Department of Employment and Workforce Data Dashboard website

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New development at Chester Research & Development Park will create 50 jobs

Construction workers placed the last piece of steel earlier this week in the frame for a 20,000-square-foot facility at the Chester Research and Development Park in Richburg.

The structure is the framework for a new development, which is owned by Chart Industries.

In a small “topping out” ceremony, construction workers signed the steel beam before it was […]

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Town is planning for what comes next

Great Falls has spent a lot of time preparing for the whitewater recreational opportunities that are coming to the area. Now, they are preparing for what comes along with it.

From the time Duke Energy announced it would build a new state park and enable whitewater recreation in Great Falls as part of its relicensing agreement […]

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SC has $25M to help people catch up on rent, mortgages

Approximately $25 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated to SC to be used toward assisting low to moderate income homeowners and renters who have fallen behind on payments due to COVID-19. The program is called “SC Stay” and will be administered by SC Housing.
SC Stay

1. COVID-19 Impact:
Must be a Homeowner or Renter […]

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Catawba Local Area Subsequent Designation Taking Public Comment

View Local Workforce Development Area Subsequent Designation Petition

View County Consortium Agreement

View Attachment A – WIOA Local Workforce Development Board Membership

View Attachment B – Designation of Grant Recipient/Fiscal Agent

Public comment will be taken through Feb. 1, 2021.  Comments should be sent to Nicole Lawing at Catawba Regional.

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SCDOT requesting public comment on two projects

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing notification of a public comment notices. This information will be available for public review and comment through  February 17, 2021 on the SCDOT’s website via the links provided below.

SCDOT Requests Public Comment on:

A STIP Amendment to Remove Work Phases at Black River Road (S-12) from US […]

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COVID is actually creating jobs in this industry. Here’s when and where to get one.

A company in charge of cleaning for several area school districts and in other settings has jobs available.

The Budd Group will hold a hiring event 1-3 p.m. Jan. 6 at 133 Church Street in Chester. SC Works Catawba will host the event and have a career coach for job-seekers, along with laptops, wi-fi and printing if needed. […]

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City gets $409K grant for water line to business park

The city of Lancaster has been awarded a $409,000 grant to help improve infrastructure off S.C. 9.
The grant is from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority and will pay almost half the cost of the project. The city is extending water lines at Air Rail Business Park off S.C. 9 to help keep up with the […]

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Job Fair of the Carolinas Information

Do not miss out on these job fair opportunities!  Click on the image below for details.

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Carlisle awarded $1.2 million

The Town of Carlisle will use two grants totaling more than $1.2 million to upgrade its sewer pump stations even as it also considers its options for the future processing of its wastewater in light of the closing of Carlisle Finishing.

In a Saturday morning (September 26) interview with The Union Times, Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn […]

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Learn more about The State Revolving Funds

The State Revolving Funds (SRF) program offers long-term, below market financing for qualified infrastructure projects. It is managed jointly by the RIA and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Click here to learn more about the State Revolving Funds (SRF).

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20 high-tech design jobs coming to Indian Land

Another Charlotte-based company is moving its operation to Indian Land, a $450,000 investment that will create 20 new, high-paying jobs.
SynTech Design, a division of Synergy Steel, announced plans to open on Red Ventures Drive by the end of November. Nine of the 20 jobs are existing, and 11 of them will be new.
SynTech Design provides […]

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Curbside Job Fair – September 24th in Rock Hill, SC

Below is a list of the Businesses who will be represented:

The City of Rock Hill
York County Government
York County Board of Disabilities
Wikoff Color Corporation
National Machining & Fabrication
Morcon Tissue
Affinity Health
North Central Family Medicine
F. Schumacher & Co
JWJ Consulting
A+ Medical
Samaritan’s Purse
Performance Food Group
Carolina Poly
Distribution Direct
Boise Cascade
Quotable Cleaning LLC
Oceana Gold Mine
Schaeffler Group
Nutramax Laboratories
Fort Mill School District
US Foods
Composite Resources, LLC

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SC Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data (September 12, 2020)

Click here to view the unemployment insurance claims data week ending September 12, 2020.

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Catawba Regional COG seeks proposals for website redesign

Click here to view the Website Request for Proposals document and response guidelines.

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation – July 2020

Click here to view the Press Release.

Click here to view the Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey’s July 2020 Employment Situation Statement.

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Catawba Regional is seeking quotes for Full Service Realtor marketing and sales

Catawba Regional is seeking quotes for Full Service Realtor marketing and sales of our Neighborhood Initiative Program parcels. Existing structures have been removed and parcels have been fully cleared. There are approximately 120 parcels that are located throughout Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York Counties, including low-to-moderate income areas. A listing of parcels within each county […]

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Click here to view the press release from the US Economic Development Administration.

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Additional Six Weeks of Extended Benefits (EB) Program Announced

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

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SBA-504 Interest Rates for July 2020!

The interest rates for SBA-504 loans are low and holding steady.  Here are the rates for July 2020.

25 year – 2.410%
20 year – 2.346%
10 year – 2.40%

For additional information on the SBA 504 Program, please contact Randy Pellisero or Ed Brock at 803-327-9041.

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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 […]

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Chernoff Newman Insights Presentation (NC & SC)

Click here to view the Chernoff Newman Insights Presentation (NC & SC).

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COVID-19 Catawba Local Workforce Development Area Reemployment Plan

Click here to view the COVID-19 Catawba Local Workforce Development Area Reemployment Plan.

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2020 Census Response Reminder

Have you completed your Census 2020 Response???

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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.

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SBA 504 loan rates for April

SBA 504 loan rates for April are out.  The best 25 year rate at 3.032% and 20 year rate at 2.960%.  Contact Randy Pellisero or Ed Brock at 803-327-9041 for additional information.

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Learn about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and how to apply


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 […]

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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 […]

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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!…/UChlual2_-yRuKdgTwcIMmLQ/videos

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Learn about SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA wants you to know they have an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (“EIDL”).  You can find specifics by clicking here.
These loans are designed to finance working capital such as payroll, utilities, and more.  Refinancing and expansion funds are ineligible.  For additional information please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: […]

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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 The Census Bureau also offers ready-made messaging and graphics to help you spread the word. View […]

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