Category Archives: Featured News

Planners predict Pennies projects pick up in 2016

Pennies for Progress lost a little momentum to end 2015, but planners expect solid progress in the new year.

It begins with a new director in Patrick Hamilton, who starts in January. Also in 2016, the Fort Mill Southern Bypass should be complete and a new list of road projects will take shape for the next […]

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2015 economic numbers less, but regional growth trend continues

By numbers alone, 2015 was a less-than-average year for economic development regionally.

The efforts of Chester, Lancaster and York counties yielded a combined investment of about $3.8 million and the promise of 3,600 new jobs.

Impressive numbers? Yes, but not when compared to 2014 when three projects alone represented an $800 million investment and the promise of […]

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Kershaw considers plan for industrial site

The idea of buying and developing the old Springs Mills property as a small industrial park is no longer feasible for the town of Kershaw.
But that doesn’t mean its leaders aren’t exploring other options to attract jobs to the southern part of Lancaster County.
Last month, town council heard a presentation from Columbia-based Carlisle and Associates […]

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Rock Hill OKs $8.1 million for new bike track, tourism needs

A new tourism bond approved by the Rock Hill City Council on Monday will raise $8.1 million to spend on new tourism draws or pay for improvements at existing ones – in hopes additional activity will attract new visitors and spending.

The largest project the city paid for with the bond revenue is construction of a […]

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Group gets trail grant

The latest development along the Catawba River isn’t new homes, but rather a trail to allow more public access between Fort Mill and Rock Hill.

Carolina Thread Trail leaders awarded $150,000 to Nation Ford Land Trust to build about two miles of natural surface trail along the Catawba River. The path will provide access to Thread […]

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1521 revealed: Boise Cascade expanding

Boise Cascade, the parent company of Chester Wood Products in Chester, has announced a $23.5 million expansion expected to create 52 new jobs in Chester County.
Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is one of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products.
Boise Cascade […]

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Heath Springs’ new water lines in place

Phase V, the last stage of water-line upgrades for the town of Heath Springs, has been completed.
Now, it’s just a matter of getting the water flowing.
In the next few days or weeks, problems with low water pressure and discolored water should be resolved.
Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes updated town council on Phase V at […]

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$804,346 awarded for projects

Two grants totaling more than $800,000 will be used to help finance a streetscape project in the downtown area and a project involving the Union County Carnegie Library.

Mayor Harold Thompson announced this week that two Community Development Block Grants have been awarded for local projects through the State of South Carolina’s Community Enrichment Program. Thompson […]

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2 new business parks planned for Rock Hill

Development of two Rock Hill-area business parks could help York County overcome a shortage of buildings for economic development.

Scannell Properties of Indianapolis announced Friday plans to develop 100 acres between Paddock Parkway and East Springdale Road, south of the Ross Stores Distribution Center. As many as five buildings – about 400,000 square feet of space […]

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Fort Mill Schools take on more growth than expected

Fort Mill Schools continue to see an uptick in enrollment, even more than first predicted. The latest projections have the district approaching 18,000 by 2020.

“We just moved here last summer,” said Stephanie Sidarweck, a Fort Mill parent.

Sidarweck is one of a growing number who moved to Fort Mill for the school district.

Projections by the Catawba […]

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$20 million and 40 new jobs

Twenty years after it first began operations in Union County Haemonetics is investing approximately $20 million to expand its facility on Medical Sciences Drive in the City of Union to quadruple production and create 40 new jobs.

During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, Union County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution and first reading […]

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Two new projects could bring 1,700 jobs, $1.7 billion in investment

When Giti Tire announced that it was bringing 1,700 jobs and more than half-a-billion dollars in investment last summer, it seemed as though Chester County was feasting on one of the biggest economic development projects in state history. As it turns out, that may have just been an appetizer.
Chester County Council has already passed third […]

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SCDOT seeking public comment on multiple projects and programs

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing public notification that public comment is being sought for:

-The Recommended Transit Funding Plan for Statewide Vehicle Replacement and Facilities Improvement Program
-Three Projects Selected for Eastern Federal Lands Access Funding in Clarendon, McCormick, and Richland Counties
-For Revised Priority Lists for Interstate Reconstruction and Preservation Projects
-To Include Two […]

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Council considering Dave Lyle Blvd. extension project

Though the idea to connect York and Lancaster counties via an extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard has long been tossed around, Lancaster County officials are hoping to breathe new life into the proposed project.
During Lancaster County Council’s Sept. 28 meeting, Council chairman Bob Bundy discussed the possibility of partnering with York County to investigate how […]

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City seeking $500,000 grant

The City of Union is looking to undertake a total of more than a million dollars worth of infrastructure projects including streetscape improvements within the city itself and sewer system improvements in the Buffalo Mill Village.

Streetscape Improvements

During its September meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve a recommendation that the city provide […]

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County looks to enhance fire service

County officials formally accepted a grant last week that could stem the tide of shrinking volunteer firefighter numbers in Lancaster County.
On Aug. 24, Lancaster County Council unanimously accepted a $1 million-plus federal grant to help recruit and retain local volunteer firefighters.
The grant acceptance comes about a month after members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue learned […]

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Sunfiber means success

The name ‘Sunfiber’ may not be familiar to everyone, but around Chester County, it’s another word for “success.” The plant located outside of Richburg continues to expand their building spaces and continues to expand their number of employees.
Sun Fiber produces PET (a plastic material in the polyester family) stable fiber. The fiber is used in […]

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2016 Federal Aid Pavement Improvement Program – Request for review and comment

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing public notification of projects identified for the 2016 Federal Aid Pavement Improvement Program prior to inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The projects listed in the program have been allotted $190,104,000.00 and will include the reconstruction and rehabilitation of a total of 489.72 miles of […]

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Project could cost $1,199,995

The Main Street Junction/Junction Park project involving the renovation of the old Super 10 building and the construction of new facility on the old Teritex site could cost the City of Union just under $1.2 million.

Union City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday with councilmen Ricky Harris and Yates Giles opposed to authorize Mayor Harold Thompson to […]

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County to host consortium

Local residents, public officials and service agencies will all have the chance to weigh in on local housing needs at an upcoming public forum about a federal housing grant program.

Representatives from the Lancaster County HOME Consortium will hold several public meetings across a four-county area, including one at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in Lancaster City […]

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Update: Giti Tire construction is “on the ready”

Grading on schedule. An air quality and construction permit on the verge of being approved. An announcement of an earlier start to production than was anticipated. A subcontractor outreach event. All the elements of a continued successful project seem to be coming together for the Richburg Giti Tire plant facility, Chester County Economic Development Director […]

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Chester native, mayor of York, receives Preservation Award

The 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards were presented by Lt. Governor Henry McMaster on June 5 at the State House.  Among this year’s honorees were: Dr. J. Edward Lee, mayor of York, who received the Elected Official Award.

Born in Chester, Lee is the author or co-author of 15 books, including the award-winning “Yorkville to […]

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SC Consolidated Plan for Housing & Community Development Survey

The Department of Commerce, Grants Division, and its partner agencies are in the process of preparing the State Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for the upcoming 5 years, 2016-2020. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires this Plan in order for the State to receive funding for the State Community […]

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Region riding economic momentum

A year ago this week, South Carolina celebrated one of its biggest economic paydays: $800 million in investments and an all-time, one-day record of 7,000 new jobs.

All are slated for Chester and York counties.

On the morning of June 16, Giti Tire announced it would manufacture tires in Chester County, hopefully by 2017. The Asian company […]

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Neighborhood Initiative Program – Request for Qualifications (RFQs)

NIP-8 Debarrment Certification Form

NIP-9 Conflict of Interest Certification

RFQ – Demolition Contractors

 

 

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Richburg will consider removing blighted properties

Richburg Town Council is considering entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments aimed at removing some blighted residential properties in the town.
At their June meeting, council heard a presentation by Cole McKinney with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG). McKinney told council earlier this year the Catawba […]

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Updates coming to Paradise

More than a dozen homes in a historic Fort Mill neighborhood will be refurbished through a public/private partnership.

Habitat for Humanity of York County recently received $70,000 from Lowe’s, a home improvement chain with stores in Fort Mill and Indian Land, to help improve the exterior of 18 homes in the Paradise neighborhood. The historically African-American […]

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Karlisa Parker named local developer of 2015

Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker was awarded the 2015 Local Developer Award by the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.
The award was presented to Parker on May 7 at the SCEDA annual meeting in Myrtle Beach,
The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of local developers in South Carolina who have made a significant […]

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More than 260 attend York job fair

Amanda Craig, 26, has been job hunting for a year without a lot of luck.

On Thursday, she was able to get face to face with dozens of employers looking to hire.

“I’m looking for any job,” said Craig, who lives in Smyrna and has worked in home health care, as a waitress and in a fabrication […]

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Notice of Public Review for the Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) FY 2015-2017

NOTICE OF FIFTEEN DAY (15) PUBLIC REVIEW AND INTENT TO SUBMIT TO SCDOT FOR THE CATAWBA REGION. THE CATAWBA REGION INCLUDES CHESTER, LANCASTER, UNION, AND YORK COUNTIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) – This document outlines the Catawba Regional Council of Governments’ proposed annual work program as well as priority work tasks and […]

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Romarco secures gold mine funding

Romarco Minerals Inc., parent company of Haile Gold Mine, has secured $200 million in financing to break ground on construction projects at the site as early as next month, company officials said.

In a release issued Friday, April 10, Romarco announced a credit agreement for the loan had been signed with Caterpillar Financial Services Corp., ING […]

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Jones-Hamilton plant getting ready for production

Construction is continuing at the Jones-Hamilton chemical plant just outside of Richburg. Plant/Site Manager Will Gist estimates the plant will be in full production in July of this year.
It was about one year ago the company was given an air quality and construction permit from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
“We are on schedule. […]

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Chester getting money to deal with blight

Chester will receive a portion of $5.6 million earmarked for blight removal.
This week, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) announced the money had been awarded as part of the South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority’s “Neighborhood Initiative Program.” The money will be used to acquire, demolish and green blighted residential properties in Chester, […]

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SCDOT seeking public comment on the Fiscal Year 2016 State Program

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking public comment on the Fiscal Year 2016 State Program. The State Program provides statewide budget information including a distribution of resources among state funded maintenance programs.

The 2016 State Plan was prepared as required by Act 114 and contains objectives and performance measures for the preservation and […]

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KVLT receives two conservation easements in 2014

The Katawba Valley Land Trust, located in Lancaster, received two conservation easements at the close of 2014 which protects a total of 380 acres.

A 219-acre conservation easement was donated by the Stoneboro Plantation LLC in the Stoneboro area of southern Lancaster and northern Kershaw counties.

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and […]

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City council passes first reading of 10-year comprehensive plan

Kara Drane, a senior planner at Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG), shared an overview of the 10-year Comprehensive Plan for Lancaster County with the Lancaster City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 10, meeting.

A public hearing was held by Lancaster County Council on Feb. 3 after which, that council adopted the plan and recommended a […]

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Footprint, LLC bringing 115 jobs to county

A vacant industrial facility in Chester County will soon be rising from the ashes. Footprint, LLC, a company that specializes in the direct manufacturing of sustainable materials and packaging, is establishing manufacturing operations in Chester County.  Footprint went by the code name “Project: Phoenix” when being discussed by Chester County Council in recent weeks. Third […]

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SCDOT Seeks Public Comment on Revisions to FY 2015 Federal-Aid Funding Plan

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on proposed revisions to the Fiscal Year 2015 Federal-Aid Funding Plan resulting from a federal penalty imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

On October 1, 2014 State Act 158, entitled Emma’s Law, went into […]

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Notice for review and comment – FY 2013-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendment

NOTICE OF FIFTEEN DAY (15) PUBLIC REVIEW AND INTENT TO AMEND THE TIP AND SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS TO SCDOT FOR THE CATAWBA REGION. THE CATAWBA REGION INCLUDES CHESTER, LANCASTER, UNION AND YORK COUNTIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

I. FY 2013-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – An amendment to the Program which includes the following changes / […]

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York property identified for new business park

An expanse of woods and fields along U.S. 321 and Alexander Love Highway (S.C. 5) may be the face of York’s economic future.

The Greater York Chamber of Commerce has identified about 300 acres of undeveloped property on the outskirts of the city as a prime location for a future business park and is working with […]

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Haddon House to add 55 jobs, invest $4.6 million

Apparently, “BB” stands for bigger business.
Haddon House Food Products, the largest privately-owned distributor, importer and exporter of specialty, natural, organic, ethnic and kosher foods, is expanding its Chester County operations. The company is investing $4.6 million to expand its operations in Richburg, S.C. The investment is expected to create 55 new jobs.
Founded in 1960 and […]

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I-77 alliance should be good for region

Member counties in a new Interstate 77 Alliance plan appear to subscribe to the old adage that a rising tide lifts all boats. Counties that once competed against each other for development prospects now are joining to take a more regional approach.

The I-77 Alliance, consisting of Chester, York, Fairfield and Richland counties, was formed last […]

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‘Downtown: The Heart of Union’

The strengths, weaknesses, and potential of downtown Union were the subject of a presentation during a special meeting of Union City Council Monday morning. Robby Moody, Senior Planner for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, presented “Downtown: The Heart of Union” which provided council with an overview of the downtown area of the city.

The presentation […]

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Vapor Apparel locating in Union

A North Charleston-based firm will invest $1.3 million in a manufacturing facility in Union County that will eventually employ 114 people.

A statement released this morning by the SC Department of Commerce announced that “Vapor Apparel, a leader in performance apparel manufacturing and digital print-on-demand services, is opening a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Union County. This […]

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$22 million investment, 650 new jobs

Lancaster County will become home to a Virginia-based mortgage company that plans to invest $22 million to build its national headquarters here, creating more than 650 new jobs, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Thursday, Jan. 15.

Movement Mortgage, LLC, founded in 2008 and currently headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., has grown tremendously in its first […]

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Textile jobs return to Indian Land from China

Next spring, spinning wheels will hum again in Lancaster County, S.C.Keer, a textile company headquartered two hours southwest of Shanghai, China, is building yarn manufacturing lines in Indian Land, about 6 miles south of Ballantyne, bringing more than 500 jobs.

The Carolinas were once the epicenter of the U.S. textile industry, but since the late 1990s, […]

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Presentation from the 2015 Catawba Regional Elected Officials Forum

The Catawba Regional Elected Officials Forum was held January 8th, 2015.  To view the survey results presentation, click here.

 

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County Council approves application for joint Carolina Thread Trail grant

A joint grant that would create the first cross-state connection along the Carolina Thread Trail was discussed by Lancaster County Council last month.

During its Nov. 24 meeting, council approved joining with the town of Waxhaw, N.C., to apply for a $150,000 Carolina Thread Trail construction implementation grant. The vote was 6-0, with Council chairman Larry […]

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Standard Textile expanding

Standard Textile, a leading global provider of end-to-end solutions for the institutional textile and apparel markets, is expanding its Union County manufacturing facility. The $5 million capital investment is expected to create 35 new jobs in Union County.

Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Standard Textile operates 29 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 16 […]

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SCDOT seeking public comment for 2015 Act 98 Non-Federal Aid Pavement Improvement Program

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public  for the following items:

1.       Public Comment Sought for 2015 Act 98 Non-Federal Aid Pavement Improvement Program

We are providing this information to you for public review and comment. Attached is the press release announcing that public comment is being sought for the above […]

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