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WIOA Out of School Youth Program Success Stories

ResCare Youth – Out of School Youth Program is a case management based program that focuses on academic and employment success.

Catawba Regional Development Corporation News

When Pat Dandridge (pictured above with President, Cyndi Mitchell) had the opportunity to expand his business and relocate the refurbishment facility, Catawba Regional and Park Sterling Bank jointly assisted with a total funding package to include land, building and the additional 30 acres. Anderson Crane & Bridge Technologies, Inc. provides hydraulic equipment for under bridge access for […]

Small Business Administration 504 Loan News

Catawba Regional Development Corporation recently partnered with Park Sterling Bank to assist Tega Cay Children’s Academy

CDBG Update – 2 projects receive funding, another underway

The following two projects received funding from the September 2015 round of the Community

SC Mortgage HELP Program Impact

Through the SC Mortgage HELP Program, Catawba Regional provides assistance to responsible homeowners who are struggling to keep their homes

2016 Catawba Regional Elected Officials Forum

January 7, 2016, Richburg, SC.    One hundred local elected officials and legislators from across the four-county Catawba Region met in Richburg

WIOA Youth Getting Work Experience

Area youth enrolled in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) program are learning valuable skills through work experience. They are

Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) assisted Pure Gold, Inc. with a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) loan for two CNC machines when demand for its shotgun chokes outgrew the capacity of its existing machines. Partnering with CRCOG on this project was Park Sterling Bank. Pure Gold’s sister company, Quick Tech Manufacturing, is an existing RLF customer owned […]

CDBG Project Update – Ottaray Mill Village

Union County and the City of Union recently completed neighborhood improvement activities associated with the Ottaray Mill Village. Upgrades included

The Main Street Junction Project – City of Union

The Main Street Junction Project moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when Union City Council authorized Mayor Harold Thompson to negotiate design

Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

S&F Investments, Inc.
dba Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen  

When existing borrowers, Sidney and Jacquelyn Fulton needed working capital funds,

CDBG Update: Two Projects Awarded – June 2015

The following two projects received funding from the April 2015 round of the Community Development Block Grant – Infrastructure Program:

Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Update

“From Lemons to Lemonade: How DHEC’s Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Can Help” was published in County Focus, in the May 2015

2015 WIA Job Fair Update

SC Works hosted the 2015 Catawba Regional Job Fair held on April 30 at the concourse of the Winthrop University Coliseum.  Representing the tri-county area of Chester, Lancaster and York Counties, 33 companies posted 900 + job openings on the SCWorks website prior to the job fair. This provided job seekers an opportunity to apply […]

Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

Catawba Regional recently assumed the Revolving loan Fund (RLF) loan program from Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments

‘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 featured […]

Update – CDBG Grant Applications

The Community Development Planning staff recently submitted a grant application for the Town of Great Falls to the SC Rural Infrastructure Authority

Revolving Loan Fund Program Update

Star Investments Group, LLC
dba Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
Chester, South Carolina

When Raj and Nancy Pathak (pictured below)

CDBG Update – Midway Neighborhood Revitalization Project

In November of 2014, Lancaster County was awarded a $500,000 Community Development

CDBG Update – Paradise Neighborhood Revitalization Project

On November 12, 2014, the Town of Fort Mill was awarded a $500,000 Community

Catawba Regional Development Corporation News

Catawba Regional can assist potential borrowers with a program called Green SBA 504 loan.  Green SBA 504 loan allows lending up to $5.5 million per project if the project generates renewable energy equal to 10% of its total consumption subject to additional requirements specific to Green energy architectural certification.  Green SBA 504 loans have competitive […]

CDBG Update – South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority Projects Funded

The following two South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority projects received funding in May

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 […]

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 […]

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:

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 […]

Brownfield-Greyfield Project Update

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

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, […]

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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,

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

Revolving Loan Fund Program News

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

Catawba Regional Development Corporation News – Santuc Precision

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

CDBG Update – Fort Mill officials, residents plan Paradise improvements

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

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

CDBG Update – Brooklyn Avenue Revitalization Project – Phase II

Applicant:  Lancaster County

Grant Amount:  $500,000

Local Funds: $124,829

Grant Source:

Revolving Loan Fund and Intermediary Relending Program News

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

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]