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SCDOT Momentum 2050 Multimodal Transportation Planning Survey

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SCDOT asks for public input on Momentum 2050 plan through Multimodal Transportation Planning Survey


Columbia, SC (June 5, 2024) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future of transportation in South Carolina through a multimodal transportation survey. Momentum 2050 is the statewide plan […]

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Union County Community Tourism Survey

Click on the above Image to participate in the Union County Regional Tourism Plan Survey.

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2024 Catawba Regional Elected Officials Forum Video


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SC 2023 Workforce Development Update

Click here to view the SC 2023 Workforce Development Update

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To make a talent connection today, businesses frequently recruit across various county and state lines, and jobseekers often travelacross those same lines to find work. Nowhere is a regional job market more evident than in the greater Charlotte area. To meet the needs of this market, workforce system partners in North Carolina and South Carolina […]

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South Carolina Council of Governments Impact Report 2022

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2023 Catawba Regional Forum Highlights

2023 Catawba Regional Forum – A Winning Workforce

Catawba Regional Council of Governments partnered with the region’s seven Chambers of Commerce to present the 2023 Catawba Regional Forum. The Forum was held on January 5, 2023, at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, SC. Over 200 attendees, including our region’s elected officials and business leaders, attended […]

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Request For Qualifications (RFQ) – SC BEST Brownfields Program

CRCOG invites interested parties to submit Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) to provide environmental consulting services to CRCOG in support of the South Carolina Brownfields Environmental Site Testing (SC BEST) assessment program for a contract period of up to two (2) years. The total period of the contract will be determined at the sole discretion of […]

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Outstanding Local SCWorks System Employee! Elzanah Conradie, Career Advisor

Elzanah Conradie, former Re-Entry Navigator and Career Advisor was recently named Catawba Workforce Area Outstanding Local SCWorks System Employee.  Her success as a Re-Entry Navigator from 2020- 2022 was outstanding as she assisted 38 justice-involved participants in becoming self-sufficient. Elzanah provides excellent customer service and meets her participants “where they are”.  She was housed at Pathways […]

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Catawba Regional Recipient of Two 2022 NADO Impact Awards

Congratulations to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments for being the recipient of the 2022 Aliceann Wohlbruck NADO Impact Awards!  The annual Impact Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional economic development and improving quality of life.  Both projects have made significant impacts on our region and demonstrate the quality of […]

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Project Name: Buffalo Mill Site Improvements

Grantee: Union County

Total Project Cost: $602,926

ARC Funds: $422,048 (70% of the total project cost)

Local Funds: $180,878 Provided by Union County

Beneficiaries: The Buffalo Community and Union County

Project Description: See below


The Appalachian Regional Commission announced today approval of a grant in the amount of $422,048 to Union County for Buffalo Mill Site […]

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The CRCOG digital CEDS is now available online!

Catawba Regional Council of Governments 2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Through a grant from the EDA CARES Act of 2020, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments has added a powerful tool for its regional partners.  The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in communities within the regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven […]

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Project Name: Lockhart Community Development Plan

Grantee: Town of Lockhart

Total Project Cost: $71,500

ARC Funds: $50,000 (70% of the total project cost)

Local Funds: Provided by Union County, Lockhart Power Company, and the Town of Lockhart

Beneficiaries: The residents of the Town of Lockhart

Project Description: The project will establish a community development […]

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Job fairs coming to our region in April and May

Join us for one of the upcoming job fairs happening across our region.

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SCDOT seeks public comment on multiple projects

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing notification of a public comment notice. This information will be available for public review and comment through  April 11, 2022 on the SCDOT’s website via the links provided below.

SCDOT Requests Public Comment on:

The STIP to Add Preliminary Engineering, Right of Way and Construction Phases of Work […]

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SC/NC collaborative job fair coming to our region

Join us for this SC/NC collaborative job fair coming March 24, 2022.

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As one round of York County roadwork ends, here’s where to expect it next

Snow and supply chain issues haven’t been kind to road construction in York County. ”The last six weeks have been very tough on us,” Pennies for Progress director Patrick Hamilton told members of the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study on Friday. Still, several major projects will wrap up soon.

In Lake Wylie, S.C. 274 and […]

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COG forum economists: The ‘best of times, worst of times’ for state budget

State economists Katie Turner, with the House Ways and Means Committee and Mike Shealy of the Senate Finance Committee gave an outlook on the state budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023, an outlook that combined what Shealy, quoting Charles Dickens, said would be both “the worst of times, (and) the best of times”.

The briefing was held […]

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Job Fair coming to Lancaster County January 20th

Join us in Indian Land from 8am to 1pm!

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Catawba-Wateree Project – Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement Update

Click on the newsletter below to see the latest news from Duke Energy on the Catawba-Wateree Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement.

Click here to view the December 2021 Newsletter.

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SCDMV Hiring Event

SCDMV is hosting a hiring event Friday, December 3rd from 10am to 2pm.  The event will be held at 524 Heckle Blvd in Rock Hill, SC.

Click here to see the flyer.

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Governor makes $500M announcement in Great Falls

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster chose Great Falls as the backdrop for his announcement of his plan to ask the General Assembly to allocate $500 million of the state’s share of the federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund major improvements to revitalize the state’s water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure in […]

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Partnership between community, industry and government transforms Wylie Park

There’s a new park taking shape in the community. Well, it’s actually Wylie Park, but the change taking place is so dramatic, it might almost be a new park. And it’s located right in Chester.

The transformation of the park is being accomplished through a partnership of the City of Chester, local industry GAF and the […]

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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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