Category Archives: Featured Projects

SC HELP Program Update

The SC HELP program has now reached the three and a half year mark and will continue to assist qualifying home owners with their mortgages until the federal program, through the US Treasury Department ends in December 2017. While the volume of applicants dropped statewide in April and May by as much as 50%, the […]

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Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

Scott and Cindy Clyburn began Logo Works, Inc. in 1999 at their Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC location.  Logo Works specializes in screen printing and embroidery for small to corporate size businesses in an eight state region.  Two years ago, the Clyburns developed a branded screen printing line called Heybo.  Scott […]

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Community Development Block Grant Projects Awarded

The following four projects received funding from the April 2013 round of the Community Development Block Grant – Infrastructure Program:

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Housing Consortium News

The Catawba Region has completed the first step in the process of developing a Housing Consortium.  We are excited to announce that Lancaster County has agreed to take on the Lead Entity role in the Consortium.  Catawba Regional Council of Governments, in conjunction with Lancaster County, is reaching out to the […]

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Brownfield-Greyfield Project Update

As part of the CONNECT Our Future project, Catawba Regional COG is working to develop a Brownfield-Greyfield Redevelopment Toolkit

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WIA – 4th Annual Youth Forum

The 4th Annual Youth Forum sponsored by the Catawba Workforce Investment Board was held on Friday, May 2, 2014. Resolute Forest Products, Inc. hosted the event. The half day event included a guest speaker, lunch, workshops and door prizes. Active and follow up youth in the Catawba area’s youth programs were invited to participate.
Bobby Bailey, […]

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Lancaster County Water & Sewer District / Lancaster County receive Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant

On March 5th the Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District and Lancaster County would receive a $ 912,500 grant to pay for improvements to serve the Keer, Inc industrial site in Indian Land. Keer is projected to create 500 new jobs over the next five years and invest […]

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Catawba Regional Development Corporation News

Catawba Regional will be hosting two upcoming banker presentations in the Aiken and Sumter, SC areas. The presentations will be targeted toward

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Buffalo Mill Village Sewer Improvements Project, Phase III – CDBG Update

The residents in the Buffalo Community of Union County, SC will notice the continuation of sewer improvements

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Lancaster County Neighborhood Stabilization Program Update

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Lancaster County has used grant funds to demolish 5 residential structures.  These structures were

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CDBG Update – Union Mill Village Renaissance Project

The City of Union was awarded a Community Development Block Grant through the Village Renaissance Program from the S.C. Department of Commerce to replace existing sewer lines and demolish vacant and dilapidated structures in the Union Mill Village neighborhood.  The two structures pictured are part of a group of six structures that are scheduled for […]

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Revolving Loan Fund Program News

Did you know…

RLF funds from $50,000 – $300,000 are now available to businesses located in 18 counties in South Carolina (Aiken, Allendale,

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SC Rural Infrastructure Authority Grant Program

The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority has announced its 2014 grant programs and deadlines for applications.  The RIA provides grants for infrastructure to

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Revolving Loan Fund Program News

Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Lowcountry Council of Governments, Lower Savannah Council of Governments, and Santee-Lynches Council

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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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