Category Archives: Featured Projects

Catawba Regional Development Corporation News – Santuc Precision

Catawba Regional recently partnered with Arthur State Bank to assist Santuc Precision owners, Steven

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CDBG Update – Fort Mill officials, residents plan Paradise improvements

New sidewalks, water system upgrades and new entrance signs are among the improvements

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Using DHEC Brownfield Loans Successfully

City of Union, Rock Hill, City of Florence, Florence County, Aiken County, Edisto Beach, Spartanburg County, Ware Shoals, City of

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CDBG Update – Brooklyn Avenue Revitalization Project – Phase II

Applicant:  Lancaster County

Grant Amount:  $500,000

Local Funds: $124,829

Grant Source:

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Revolving Loan Fund and Intermediary Relending Program News

Catawba Regional recently assumed the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) and Intermediary Relending

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WIA Job Fair Update

The Catawba Regional Workforce Investment Board conducted its annual Job Fair on May 23, 2013.  The fair was held at the Conference Center at the Gateway in Richburg, SC.  The fair drew 40 employers with over 600 job openings for area job seekers to apply.  More than 1,000 job seekers were in attendance with many […]

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WIA Youth Forum

The 3rd Annual Youth Forum for the Catawba area was held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at York Technical College.  This was a half day
event with a guest speaker, lunch, workshops and door prizes.  We invited all active and follow up youth in the Catawba area.

We were privileged to have former Power 98 DJ Ms. […]

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How Should Our Region Grow?

Our 14-county region is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, with an additional 2 million people expected to live here by 2050.  The CONNECT Our Future project is an opportunity for people of our region to work together and create a regional planning framework to help meet communities’ needs and plan for […]

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CDBG Update – Paradise Neighborhood

Close to 20 residents showed up at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the town’s historic Paradise neighborhood to ask questions and provide feedback about

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HR Cafe Series is a Hit!

A Free Lunch & Learn Series about HR and Employment Practices

What is the HR Café? 

It is an opportunity for HR professionals and managers to learn and update their knowledge of the ever-changing “mine-fields” of today’s employment regulations and legal requirements for employers.

Who should come to the HR Café?

The Café serves all customers—small to large businesses […]

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How Should Our Region Grow?

Our 14-county region is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, with an additional 2 million people expected to live here by 2050.  The CONNECT Our Future project is an opportunity for people of our region to work together and create a regional planning framework to help meet communities’ needs and plan for […]

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Council of Governments applies for $500,000 grant for Ottaray

The Village Renaissance Project for the Ottaray community is a step closer to reality with the submission of an application for a $500,000 Community

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How Should Our Region Grow?

Our 14-county region is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, with an additional 2 million people expected to live here by 2050.  The CONNECT Our Future project is an opportunity for people of our region to work together and create a regional planning framework to help meet communities’ needs and plan for […]

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Lockhart Feasibility Study

The mill is gone and the high school is no more, but that doesn’t mean Lockhart’s future can’t be bright.

“It is your destiny to control,” Ben Muldrow told people gathered at Lockhart First Baptist Church last Thursday night.

Muldrow, who specializes in branding and marketing for Arnett Muldrow and Associates in Greenville, was part of a […]

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CDBG Update – Revitalization Plan for the Paradise Neighborhood

The South Carolina Department of Commerce awarded the Town of Fort Mill a $25,000 grant

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How Should Our Region Grow?

Our 14-county region is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, with an additional 2 million people expected to live here by 2050.  The CONNECT Our Future project is an opportunity for people of our region to work together and create a regional planning framework to help meet communities’ needs and plan for […]

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Catawba Regional COG recognized for SCARC 2012 Project of the Year

Each year, the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils (SCARC) picks a “Regional Project

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CDBG Update – Monarch Mill Village Project

The Union County CDBG project in the Monarch Mill Village is almost complete.  C & W Utilities, Inc. has finished the installation of upgraded sewer

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Catawba Region Traffic Count Maps for 2011

The 2011 traffic counts were recently released by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).  Each year the Catawba Regional GIS staff

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Community Development Block Grant Update

The City of Union received an infrastructure grant from the S.C. Department of Commerce in July of 2011 to upgrade the sewer lines that serve the

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Catawba Regional Development Corporation News

When David Mai decided to purchase Speed Express which he had been operating since 2007, Catawba Regional and First Citizens Bank jointly financed

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program News

Catawba Regional COG’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program has recently purchased the following five properties in York and Lancaster Counties:

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CDBG Projects Funded From the April 2012 Grant Cycle

The following five Community Development Block Grant applications from the Catawba Region were submitted to the SC Department of Commerce, Grants

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Revolving Loan Fund Update

Working with two other Councils of Government, Catawba Regional recently acquired the RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) portfolios from Lowcountry and Lower Savannah Council of Governments, increasing total

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Catawba Regional Development Corporation News

Catawba Regional recently partnered with TD Bank to asist Dr. Gretchen Love with the purchase of a larger veterinary clinic in Clover, SC. Dr. Love

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SC Works’ job fair a huge success

A job fair sponsored by the Catawba region’s three SC Works Centers — Chester, Lancaster, and Rock Hill — drew 952 job seekers to York Technical

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What is a Council of Governments (COG)?

Thousands of South Carolina residents today depend on the services and capabilities of South Carolina’s ten Councils of Governments (COGs) for a host

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Textile Mill Redevelopment Guide

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been involved in the successful redevelopment of multiple textile/brownfields projects

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The Catawba Area Youth Forum

Our 2nd Annual Youth Forum will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the York Technical College Baxter Hood Center.  This will be an all day event with a guest speaker, 3 workshops, lunch, awards ceremony, and door prizes.  The active and follow up WIA youth participants from Carolina Community Actions, Success Academy, York […]

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CDBG Update – Pinckney Street Water Project

Grantee: City of Chester
CDBG #: 4CI10005
CDBG Funds: $500,000.00
Local Funds: $50,000.00
Other Funds: $134,675.00 (Chester Metropolitan

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Outstanding SC Works Center Employee Award

The South Carolina Workforce Development Partnership Symposium was held on February 22, 2012 at the Columbia Metropoliton Convention Center.

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The Kershaw Care Health Clinic scheduled for renovation

The Kershaw Care Health Clinic Project will begin renovation work in February with the completion of the project scheduled for August 2012

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Economic Development Administration grant approved

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced yesterday that the Chester Sewer District will receive $738,500 in grant funding

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WIA Success Story

Ms. Tonya Graham became a dislocated worker in October of 2006 after being laid off from the Springs-Katherine Plant, a textile facility in Chester, SC. Through services offered by TRADE and WIA she was able to attain not only her GED but, also, an Associate Degree. She attended Chester Adult Education where she obtained her […]

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Catawba Regional COG recognized for SCARC 2011 Project of the Year

Each year, the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils (SCARC) picks a

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Notice of Requests for Qualifications Housing Rehabilitation Activities

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (Catawba COG) is requesting qualifications

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CDBG Update – West Liberty Streetscape Complete

The City of York was awarded a $500,00 CDBG Community Enrichment Grant in December of 2009 for the construction of sidewalks

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New SBA 504 “Cash Out” Refinance Available

The New SBA 504 “Cash Out” Refinance

The SBA 504 refinance program finally received a much needed boost this month when SBA decided to let

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Catawba Regional Celebrates $50 Million in Economic Development Lending

 On the heels of the longest and most difficult economic period since the great

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Reemployment Programs Collaborate to Provide Quality Service to the Unemployed

The DEW’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) staff and Rescare’s Workforce Investment Act

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Catawba Regional Center gets “green” roof

There is a new roof atop the Catawba Regional Center in Rock Hill. The once flat, gravel-covered roof is now a tapered “green” roof. A white

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Downtown Rock Hill commercial office space for lease

Want to have your business in the heart of downtown Rock Hill? This charming brick house

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NSP Homes are Selling

Neighborhood Stabilization Program homes are selling in York County! Catawba Regional purchased 7 homes with original grant funds and 5 of these homes have either sold or are under contract. Proceeds from the sale of these homes will be used to purchase additional foreclosed homes in York County to further assist in stabilizing home values. […]

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Martins Machine Company Obtains ISO Certification

Incumbent Worker Training Grant aids company to position itself for growth

Martins Machine Co Inc, a high quality precision machine shop

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CDBG Update – Projects Funded from the April 2011 Grant Cycle

 1.      Project Name: Heath Springs Water Systems Improvement Project – Phase IV

Grantee:  Town of Heath Springs

CDBG Funds: $461,385

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SBA 504 Loan News

SBA 504 loan rates continue to be low!   If your business is expanding and you are adding fixed assets like a building or equipment, call Cathy Rose Hicklin at Catawba Regional to discuss potential financing options.   Catawba Regional has been lending to small and expanding businesses throughout the region and state for 27 years.   We […]

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Catawba Region Textile Mill Redevelopment Guide

In South Carolina, textile mill production and employment peaked in the 1970s and declined rapidly through the 1980s and 1990s. The impact of global economic forces has been widespread and particularly hard-felt in the Carolina Upstate. The smallest and mostly rural communities of the Catawba Region, in particular, have yet to recover from fully—even 20 […]

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Lancaster County Westwood Water Project

Lancaster County received a Community Development Block Grant to upgrade the water system in the Westwood subdivision,

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Our Upstate Vision

Ten at the Top was created to foster a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among public, private and nonprofit leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region which includes Union County.

For more than a year, Ten at the Top engaged over 10,000 Upstate residents, community leaders, elected officials and business leaders in a conversation […]

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Catawba Regional Participates in Commercial Debt Refinancing Program

NEW LENDING OPPORTUNITIES

Section 1122 of the Small Business Jobs Act (SBJA) allows the

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