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Annual Report
January - December 2014
Serving six counties and forty-five municipalities since 1967
2478 Wagener Road
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Discover how the Lower Savannah COG can be of service to your County or Municipality!
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Letter from Chairman Ronnie Young
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VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is to be a nationally
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Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg
As early as 1966, over a year be...
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Lower Savannah Council of Governments operates South Carolina’s
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HIGHLIGHTS
 Acquired a new bus for the Aiken Transit System
 Secured funding through SCDOT’s 5310 program for elde...
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - PLANNING
Comprehensive Planning
The LSCOG Planning Department provides technical assistance to
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TRANSPORTATION PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE
 Assisted with designation of Guideshare Funding for the
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Lower Savannah is the designated regional Economic Development
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
LSCOG Community Development staff provide technical assistance to
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE
 The Lower Savannah Regional Housing Consortium (LSRHC) has a
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - TOURISM-
THOROUGHBRED COUNTRY
The Thoroughbred Country actively promotes the area to travelers...
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - WORKFORCE INVESTMENT
The MISSION of the Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board is
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WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE
 Along the same training lines, On the Job Training programs (OJT...
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WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE
various training programs offered through the technical college
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AIKEN COUNTY
Roger Boyd 7 years
Willar Hightower 19 years
LaWana McKenzie 6 years
Lessie Price 27 years
Kathy Raw...
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AIKEN COUNTY
Cathie Justen
Kathy Rawls
Cindy Raybould
Scott Singer
ALLENDALE COUNTY
Layman Cook
Barbara Lewis
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AIKEN COUNTY
Brian Sanders
Kevin Price
Reggie Barner
ALLENDALE COUNTY
Wilbur Cave
BAMBERG COUNTY
Joe Guess, Jr.
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AIKEN COUNTY
Reggie Barner
Dee Crawford
Kim Matthews
Catie McCauley
Antwain Peterson
Lessie Price
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ADMINISTRATION
Connie H. Shade
Nora D. Sanders
Christine Chandler
FINANCE
Frances Owens
Kelley Hayes
Deloris Will...
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1967-1968 P. E. Eugene Brabham* Bamberg County, Charter Member
1968-1969 Joseph B. Wilder* Barnwell County, Chart...
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2478 Wagener Road
PO Box 850
Aiken, SC 29802
P. 803-649-7981 / F. 803-649-2248
www.lscog.org
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LSCOG Annual Report 2014

  1. 1. 1 1 Annual Report January - December 2014 Serving six counties and forty-five municipalities since 1967 2478 Wagener Road PO Box 850 Aiken, SC 29802 P. 803-649-7981 / F. 803-649-2248 www.lscog.org
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  3. 3. 3 3 Discover how the Lower Savannah COG can be of service to your County or Municipality!
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  5. 5. 5 5 1 Letter from Chairman Ronnie Young It is with great pleasure that we provide this annual report for the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, covering accomplishments during 2014. Often we are asked the question – What is the Lower Savannah Council of Governments (COG). That question is always difficult to answer because the COG itself is multi-faceted. It is located in the southwestern part of South Carolina and serves the six counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg. It has a land area of 3,981 square miles and a population of 300,666. There are 45 active municipalities within the region. Lower Savannah COG’s mission is to work with local governments to develop, implement, and administer plans, programs and projects to improve the quality of life for residents in the Lower Savannah Region. It is gratifying to work with the board and staff of the Lower Savannah COG and to witness the true regionalism exhibited by the cities and counties within Lower Savannah’s service area. I served as Chairman of the COG first in 2003 and now have the opportunity to serve as Chairman again. In 2003 our report listed 20 years of CDBG funding for the region, EDA program successes, services to Older Americans, the 10th anniversary of the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority (now a separate entity but initially developed at the COG), tourism activities through Thoroughbred Country, expansion of coordinated regional transit services, and increased funding for Workforce Investment programs. I am proud to say that ALL of these programs and many more continue to be operated through the Lower Savannah COG today. Lower Savannah COG continues to grow because our cities and counties rely on our talented staff to assist in problem solving and to help in grant development and administration. We look forward to the opportunities 2015 will provide. Ronnie Young, Chairman 2014/2015 Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg
  6. 6. 6 6 2 VISION STATEMENT Our vision is to be a nationally recognized, comprehensive resource that facilitates regional solutions through innovative and cooperative partnerships. VALUE STATEMENT The Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ Board, Management and Staff are committed to the highest ethical standards of professional service, leadership and integrity. They strive together in service to the region to utilize problem solving techniques and develop a creative outlook for the future. The success of the organization depends on the talents, skills, and expertise of its board and staff working as a team. Lower Savannah Council of Governments understands the importance of its mission and vision and values the trust placed in its organization by the people it serves. Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg
  7. 7. 7 7 3 Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg As early as 1966, over a year before Governor Robert E. McNair would sign legislation dividing South Carolina into ten official planning districts for area-wide programs, a small group of local leaders were preparing the designation of the Lower Savannah Economic Development District. These men, who united Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties toward the common goal of promoting the various economic resources of their region, would be proud to know that after forty-seven (47) years the Lower Savannah Council of Governments would remain an strong and respected regional organization for the six counties of the region. The office was officially established on June 20, 1967 by an EDA grant of $31,450 and local funds of $10,500. Today Lower Savannah boasts an annual budget of $8.9M with numerous grants and contracts from federal, state and local sources. The original staff of less than 3 members has grown to 50 personnel all working on various programs to improve the region’s quality of life. Lower Savannah grew from a board of 18 members in 1967 to its current membership of 39 with representatives appointed by county governments. Some of these members have more than 35 years of service with Lower Savannah, and the majority of the members have served 15 or more years. The board is dedicated to setting policy for the organization and ensuring that the needs of each county is served – regardless of the land size or population of the county.
  8. 8. 8 8 4 PROGRAM OVERVIEW Lower Savannah Council of Governments operates South Carolina’s only Aging, Disability and Transportation Resource Center (ADTRC). The Resource Center’s purpose is to inform and assist people in our region about a myriad of topics related to aging, disabilities, family care-giving, benefits, resources and transportation options that support independent, healthy and engaged community living. This center is innovative in that it combines programs relating to public and human service transit with information and assistance to link to other health and human service related resources, benefits and options. People call the center throughout each day with requests and questions in many diverse areas. The COG also purchases services for seniors and transportation services from local service providers in each county of the region, and works to coordinate these services among agencies serving the public.  4,638 I-Care contacts for Insurance and Benefits Counseling  1,110 completed Medication Assistance Applications  $737,246 in obtained medications for the Medication Assistance Program  552 hours of service provided by Medication Assistance volunteers to people in need  763 Family Caregiver contacts  13,226 contacts with mobility management transit riders  46 friendly volunteer visits seeing 262 residents  108 ombudsman facility contacts in 32 unduplicated facilities  1,621 customer contacts during Medicare Part D Open enrollment  4,464 passenger trips from 5 local providers in 6 counties  29,207 passenger trips on the Aiken Best Friends Express  Technical assistance to Orangeburg County in performing 36, 359 Orangeburg route and 1,185 Calhoun route passenger trips on the Cross Country Connection  11 seniors received legal referrals  1608 seniors received contracted home and community services SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Area Agency on Aging-planning, service development and contracted services through local agencies in each county  Elderly Legal Services  Long Term Care Ombudsman-Investigation of complaints in residential care facilities  Friendly Visitor Volunteer Program for Nursing Homes  Information, Referral and Assistance for older persons and disabled adults and their family caregivers  Medicare and Insurance Benefits Counseling  Family Caregiver Support Program  Medication Assistance Program  Savannah River Site Retiree Association member assistance  Local Transit System Development and Management - mobility management - matching riders with available seats in the region  Responsibility for the Best Friends Express transit system in Aiken and technical support for the Cross Country Connection transit system in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties  Transit coordination between public and private transit providers
  9. 9. 9 9 5 HIGHLIGHTS  Acquired a new bus for the Aiken Transit System  Secured funding through SCDOT’s 5310 program for elderly and disabled transit riders region wide  Provided mobility management services to members of the public seeking public transportation  Assisted in management of the Cross Country Connection Transit System in Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties.  Continue to showcase the ADTRC Call Center by answering questions from other areas, providing input into “how to” documents on setting up a one-call center and hosted visitors from Colorado during January 2014  Issued Requests for Proposals for Older American Act services throughout the region which resulted in contracts with both public and private providers  Worked with the Aiken City Senior Commission to host a well- attended Senior Fraud and Scam Prevention workshop in May 2014  Trained volunteers for several programs offered through the Area Agency on Aging including Benefits Counseling and Nursing Home Visitor programs  Developed a cooperative partnership between the Lower Savannah COG and the Savannah River Site retirees Association allowing volunteers to serve as benefit counselors for SRS retirees from around the region co-locating in the ADTRC and working with LSOCG staff to provide information and assistance to a broader range of local citizens.  Continue to provide services to caregivers through issuance of small grants which assist in purchasing supplies for the patient , sitter services and assistance to grandparents raising grandchildren. An addition to this program was the funding of respite services for Alzheimer patient caregivers  Worked with USC-Aiken on a public funding project for the Family Caregiver Program. This project developed an outreach campaign to target physician’s offices and health care facilities with information on the services of the Caregiver Program  Participated as a sponsor for the Aiken Senior Extravaganza which sees an annual attendance of over 1,200 seniors LSCOG Board Chair Ronnie Young and SRSRA President Dr. John Veldman signing the MOU left to right upper row: LSCOG Board Chairman Ronnie Young, SRSRA President Dr. John Veldman, SRSRA Project Director Dr. John Plodnic, Lt. Governor's Office on Aging Director Tony Kester, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC Executive Director Dr. Terry Michalske left to right lower row: LSCOG Executive Director Connie Shade, Senator Lindsey Graham, Representative Joe Wilson, DOE SRS Site Manager Dr. David Moody
  10. 10. 10 10 6 PROGRAM OVERVIEW - PLANNING Comprehensive Planning The LSCOG Planning Department provides technical assistance to member governments for a wide array of planning activities, including comprehensive planning, land use planning, hazard mitigation planning and development of zoning ordinances and GIS mapping. Staff assists local governments with the development of comprehensive plans and land use plans that meet the requirements of the 1994 Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act. Transportation Planning Planning staff develop local projects such as intersection, enhancement and roadway improvement projects in the rural highway network. The projects are funded primarily through the SCDOT Guideshare program and detailed in a regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) makes recommendations to the LSCOG Board of Directors. Demographic Research and Studies The Planning Department provides services for socio-economic research and assists local governments with varied studies. Staff can create custom demographic profile reports that include population estimates and projections, income data, housing data and consumer buying power data, among many other categories. The planning staff can also assist with housing studies, strategic plans, trend analyses, locating funding sources for projects and grant application development. COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Provided technical assistance with planning, zoning and land use developments documents for municipalities and counties in particular Allendale County.  Assisted the towns of North, Blackville, Santee, Elloree and Bowman with their Comprehensive Planning Program Update  Assisted Eastern Orangeburg with their Study Implementation  Assisted the Town of New Ellenton in their Urban Land Institute charrette  Began initial work on the 5-Year Update for Hazard Mitigation Plans.  Conducted 6 hours of planning and zoning orientation sessions for local officials through SCAC and MASC
  11. 11. 11 11 7 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Assisted with designation of Guideshare Funding for the Orangeburg County US301 Extension and I-95 Intersection Project  Participated in the SC Department of Transportation Multimodal Plan update  Held regular meeting of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) of the COG to discuss rural transportation and transit project and program projects for funding  Participated with the Augusta Regional Transportation Subcommittee (ARTS) and the Aiken County Transportation Subcommittee in planning and implementing transit and transportation projects for the Aiken County urbanized portion of the planning area  Programmed funds for the SCDOT Guideshare program for the federal roadwork network outside of the Aiken/Augusta MPO (rural area) DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH & STUDIES PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Provided Customized data reports for businesses and development projects in the area and for economic development purposes  Provided Geographic Information System (GIS) maps and Census data to local governments, business and citizens within the LSCOG region OTHER PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Participated in activities of the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)  Served as active member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee of Aiken County  Participated with the GAIT Foundation (Greater Aiken Integrated Trails) and assisted in the development of the Langley Pond Loop Trail Orangeburg County US 301 Extension and I- 95 Intersection Project Ground Breaking GAIT Foundation - Langley Pond Loop Trail Ribbon Cutting
  12. 12. 12 12 8 PROGRAM OVERVIEW - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Lower Savannah is the designated regional Economic Development District (EDD) through the Economic Development Administration (EDA). It is the responsibility of staff to keep local governments in the region eligible for financial assistance from EDA through the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Staff works with local governments and other eligible entities to develop economic development projects, apply for funding and administer projects. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Assisted with an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant application for the West Avenue Extension Project in North Augusta  Assisted the City of Barnwell with an EDA application  Developed an EDA grant application for a Health Sciences and Nursing facility at Orangeburg -Calhoun Technical College  Continued assistance to Clafin University for potential EDA projects  Grant administration for water lines and well in the Town of Williston  Grant administration for Aiken Technical College’s Center for Energy and Advance Manufacturing  Grant administration for the Aiken County/Breezy Hill water tank project  Preparation of an EDA grant for a project in Bamberg County that was ultimately cancelled by the industry  Prepared Environmental Assessments for various EDA projects
  13. 13. 13 13 9 PROGRAM OVERVIEW - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LSCOG Community Development staff provide technical assistance to local governments with carrying out activities that address community, economic and housing development needs that benefit low to moderate income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted conditions, or met other urgent community needs that pose a serious and immediate threat to the public health and welfare. CD staff work as a liaison between the unit of local government, funding sources, citizens and other community based organizations to bring together resources to improve communities. CD staff assistance includes project planning and development, grant writing and grant administration for community development projects. CD staff assists with meeting regulatory compliance measures such as Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Fair Housing Act, NEPA, ADA/Section 504 Rehabilitation Act and other requirements. The Lower Savannah Regional Housing Consortium (LSRHC) supports a program to provide the supply of decent, affordable housing to low and very low-income households and to expand the capacity of non- profit housing providers in the region. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Town of Perry Water Systems Improvements  Town of Allendale New Well  City of Orangeburg Russell Street Improvements  Town of Blackville South Boundary Village Renaissance Phase II, Water Looping and Well Project  City of Barnwell Hagood Avenue Water Upgrade  Calhoun County Belleville Water Tank  Town of Fairfax Pump Station Upgrade  Town of Wagener Water Upgrade  Town of Cameron Drainage Improvements  Town of Williston Water Improvements  Town of Ulmer Water Improvements  Allendale County Old County Jail Demolition  Town of New Ellenton Greendale Neighborhood Demolition  City of Orangeburg Boswell Street Demolition  Participated in a series of workshops in the SCDHEC Environmental Leadership Forum  Prepared Environmental Assessments for various CDBG Projects
  14. 14. 14 14 10 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  The Lower Savannah Regional Housing Consortium (LSRHC) has a current membership of twenty (20) municipalities and counties:  Current funding for this program is $747,316. To date the LSRHC has funded just over $1.7 million in affordable projects located in all six counties Aiken County Town of New Ellenton Town of North Augusta Town of Perry Allendale County Town of Allendale Town of Fairfax Town of Ulmer Bamberg County Town of Bamberg City of Denmark Town of Erhardt Barnwell County Town of Blackville Town of Snelling Calhoun County Town of Cameron Orangeburg County Town of Neeses City of Orangeburg
  15. 15. 15 15 11 PROGRAM OVERVIEW - TOURISM- THOROUGHBRED COUNTRY The Thoroughbred Country actively promotes the area to travelers and travel media. Advertisements are placed into niche market locales and publications. A visitors guide containing information on sightseeing, lodging, dining, shopping, hunting, fishing, golfing and camping is produced every two years for fulfillment of inquiries. These guides are distributed to individual requests as well as stocked in the state’s welcome centers and other local venues. TOURISM SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Coordination and hosting of travel media to obtain print and electronic coverage in magazines, newspapers, blog, etc.  Placed Thoroughbred Country advertising in various publications including WRDW, Tripinfo.com, American Rod Magazine, South Carolina Living, Explore the Southeast and Great Vacation Getaway newspaper inserts, USA today, Southern Living, Preservation, SC Vacation Guide, SC Chamber Guide, Escape to the Southeast, AAA Living and the SC Welcome Centers on I-20 and I-95  Distributed Visitors Guides and itineraries to more than 34,000 persons inquiring about tourism opportunities within the Thoroughbred Country region  Maintained website, Facebook and Twitter accounts promoting Thoroughbred Country  Conducted conversion studies to determine how many inquirers have actually converted to visitors  Participated in Hospitality Day at the Statehouse, an annual event that showcases the tourism and hospitality industry to the SC legislators  Distributed literature at travel shows including the Family Circle Cup, RBC Heritage, World AM, Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic, Flowertown Festival, Southeast Wildlife Expo, Greenville Camping & RV Show, Travel South and Forrest Wood Cup  Conducted quarterly meetings of the Thoroughbred Country Tourism Advisory Committee SC Welcome Center Staff at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, Ehrhardt, SC Thoroughbred Country Tourism Advisory Committee meeting
  16. 16. 16 16 12 PROGRAM OVERVIEW - WORKFORCE INVESTMENT The MISSION of the Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board is to: "provide workforce investment activities, through a local workforce investment one-stop delivery system, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the six county region." The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board operates SC Work Centers in the six county region. The centers provide core, intensive and training services to adults, dislocated workers and older youths for employment and training opportunities. Additionally, business services offered such as On-the Job and Incumbent Worker Training strengthen the relationship between employers and the Workforce Development Board in the six county region.  266 Adult applicants certified and registered for the past 12 months  107 Dislocated Worker applications certified and registered for the past 12 months  61 Youth applications certified and registered for the past 12 months  15,124 customers accessed job search services  363 job seekers found employment 920 employment and career workshops and other groups activities held Nine (9) companies received IWT funding in the amount of $68, 013 OJT funding provided jobs to 32 workers with an investment of $52,108 WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  The past twelve month period has been one of rebuilding and restructuring workforce investment programs throughout the region. Internal staff reorganization occurred and a stronger focus was placed on assisting service contractors to meet performance goals. The local Workforce Investment Board was asked to become much more involved in developing market- driven services to meet the growing needs of businesses and job seekers.  The WIA program issued a Request for Proposals which required a focus on innovative ways to deliver WIA services to the region. The process was driven by involvement of a WIA Board procurement committee who designed the proposal package, interviewed the firms, and made the contract award decision. New contracts for services will be in place January 1, 2014 which should increase the number of persons served by the WIA program within the region.  Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) funds became available to the region and a call for projects was issued. Nine (9) firms received IWT funding in the amount of $68,013. Through these funds, 386 persons will receive opportunities to improve their skills through training offered by the firms so that the trainees can increase their earning power with established firms.
  17. 17. 17 17 13 WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Along the same training lines, On the Job Training programs (OJT) reached a total of 32 workers throughout the region at an investment of $52,108. These persons were previously unemployed and were placed with local businesses and industries who agreed to hire the persons full-time after the end of a successful training program. Of those participating in the program 24 remain employed with the firm which offered the OJT opportunity.  Both the IWT and OJT programs are part of an expanding business services effort of the Lower Savannah WIA program. Efforts are underway to engage local business and industries as to the opportunities offered employees through Workforce Investment Programs. It is the goal of the business services activities to encourage local employers to call the WIA program when they have employment needs and to build a relationship between the industries and businesses with the WIA staff throughout the region. For far too long the image of employment services through SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) has been that of only offering unemployment services. The trend has changed and the One-Stop Centers and the WIA program are offering “Employment” services for both the employed, underemployment and unemployed residents of the Lower Savannah region.  The WIA Staff and WIA Youth Council were very involved throughout the year with youth employment and training services. Presentations were made to various adult education groups, high schools, and other venues where youth under the age of 21 were present in an effort to encourage participation in the WIA services available to out of school youth. A youth forum was held during May in Aiken at Aiken Technical College and in Orangeburg at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College to reach students ready for graduation but with no plans past high school. These two forums, offered in cooperation with Lower Savannah WIA and the WIA Youth Council, the two technical colleges, the Regional Education Center, Aiken Economic Development Partnership and Southern Carolina Alliance, had an attendance of over 382 students. During the forum workshops were offered on Youth Forum Aiken Technical College Youth Forum Orangeburg - Calhoun Technical College
  18. 18. 18 18 14 WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE various training programs offered through the technical college that would lead to well-paying jobs. There were presentations from industry leaders and motivational speakers. This is an annual event but this was the first time it was offered in two separate locations.  On September 10, 2014, Lower Savannah Council of Governments celebrated the opening of two new SC Work Centers – one in Barnwell (248 Wall Street) and one in Denmark (19 Maple Street). Through the combined efforts of the SC Department of Workforce and Employment (DEW) and the Town of Denmark, space was made available to provide improved employment services to customers in the Barnwell, Bamberg and Allendale areas. Many dignitaries were on hand to cut the ribbon for both of these centers. Special thanks were extended to the Town of Denmark, Mayor Gerald Wright, Bamberg County Councilwoman Alzena Robinson, and Cheryl Stanton of SCDEW for making these new facilities available. The opening of these centers, along with the consolidation of two other facilities, allowed for a cost savings of close to $250,000 which now can be redirected to services for job seekers. Denmark Mayor Gerald Wright cuts the ribbon for the official opening of the center. Other officials included Ronnie Young-LSCOG and LSWIA Board Chairman, Connie Shade-LSCOG Executive Director, Cheryl Stanton-SCDEW Executive Director, Heyward Robinson-City of Denmark Administrator, Larry Haynes- Bamberg County Council Chairman, Alzena Robinson-Bamberg County Council Member, Evert Comer, Jr.-Bamberg County Council, Isaiah Odom-Bamberg County Council SC Work Denmark Center SC Work Barnwell Center Cheryl Stanton, SC DEW Executive Director cuts the ribbon at the Barnwell SC Work Cen- ter. Among the dignitaries were Ronnie Young-LSCOG and LSWIA Board Chairman, Mikee Johnson-WIA Board Chair, Freddie Houston-Barnwell County Council Chairman, Pickens Williams, Jr.-Barnwell County Admin- istrator, Sarah Beaulieu-Representative Joe Wilson's office
  19. 19. 19 19 15  Provided a series of training sessions for staff and local officials on timely subjects such as managing time and stress, employment law training and leadership skills.  Hosted a legislative breakfast on February 26th in Columbia. The most positive aspect was the quality of the conversations with the members of our legislative delegations who attended regarding regional and localized COG program activities.  Provided a one-day board retreat to discuss current activities of the COG and develop a path forward for the next ten years. The retreat was led by Dr. Liz Stewart. Aiken County hosted the group for lunch in the new Aiken County Government Center.  Hosted the Municipal Elected Officials training workshops sponsored by the Municipal Association of SC. These workshops are provided for elected officials as they attain certification for courses related to being an elected official.  Provided several wellness events for COG staff which included healthy challenges, stress free activities, screening programs, flu shots and Lunch and Learn sessions. All activities are led by a staff Wellness Committee and geared toward making staff members healthier. The COG received a NADO Innovation Award for this activity.  Lower Savannah COG hosts a Toastmasters Club – the COG Toasters – to help staff improve their public speaking and communication skills. from left to right: LSCOG Board Members Bill Robinson (Allendale County), Joe Sikes (Calhoun County), Keith Sloan (Barnwell County), LSCOG Board Chairman Ronnie Young (Aiken County), NADO President Peter Gregory, LSCOG Board Member Harry Wimberly (Orangeburg County), LSCOG Executive Director Connie Shade, LSCOG Board Member Clint Carter (Bamberg County) and LSCOG Assistant Executive Director Nora Sanders Board Retreat WIA Board Training Toastmasters Club
  20. 20. 20 20 16 AIKEN COUNTY Roger Boyd 7 years Willar Hightower 19 years LaWana McKenzie 6 years Lessie Price 27 years Kathy Rawls 24 years John Simmons 33 years Don Wells * 2 years Thomas H. Williams 9 years Ronnie Young 19 years ALLENDALE COUNTY Dorothy Riley 3 years Vernie Harney 9 years Bill Robinson 25 years Wilda Robinson 1 year DaWan Smith 3 years Theresa Taylor 13 years BAMBERG COUNTY Jerry Bell 3 years Clint Carter 9 years Larrry Haynes 3 years Alzena Robinson 16 years Jasper Varn 21 years Gerald Wright 9 years BARNWELL COUNTY Freddie Houston 29 years Lowell Jowers 5 years Lonnie Hosey * 3 years David Kenner 11 years Keith Sloan 13 years Pickens Williams, Jr. 30 years Thomas L. Williams 10 years CALHOUN COUNTY Pamela Claxton 2 years Ted Felder 0 years James Haigler 21 years Roger Hill 11 years Joe Sikes 4 years Russell L. Ott * 1 year David Summers 32 years ORANGEBURG COUNTY Janie Cooper-Smith 9 years David Covington 23 years Brad Hutto * 3 years Joe Jackson 39 years Clyde Livingston 19 years Johnny Ravenell 9 years Silas Seabrooks, Jr. 23 years Harry Wimberly 17 years * Legislative Ex-Officio Member Calhoun County Board Member, Connor Isgett, who passed away this year served 39 years on the board.
  21. 21. 21 21 17 AIKEN COUNTY Cathie Justen Kathy Rawls Cindy Raybould Scott Singer ALLENDALE COUNTY Layman Cook Barbara Lewis BAMBERG COUNTY Frances Johnson Alzena Robinson Susan Jerkins BARNWELL COUNTY Laymon Cook CALHOUN COUNTY Shayla Jenkins ORANGEBURG COUNTY Anne Weathers Jimmy Boland Janie Cooper-Smith Eva George Reverend James McGee AIKEN COUNTY Ronnie Young Stephen Strohmeier Joe Berry ALLENDALE COUNTY Bill Robinson Terri Boone Catherine Russell BAMBERG COUNTY Trent Kinard Joey Preston Bill Johnson BARNWELL COUNTY Freddie Houston Curtis Hogg Pickens Williams, Jr. CALHOUN COUNTY Roger Hill Elaine Golden Woody Rucker ORANGEBURG COUNTY Janie Cooper-Smith Harold Young Henry Summers Region-Wide Representative: Jestine Sanders-Carter
  22. 22. 22 22 18 AIKEN COUNTY Brian Sanders Kevin Price Reggie Barner ALLENDALE COUNTY Wilbur Cave BAMBERG COUNTY Joe Guess, Jr. BARNWELL COUNTY Evelyn Coker CALHOUN COUNTY Tyrone Dantzler ORANGEBURG COUNTY Willie Owens Harold Young AIKEN COUNTY Marylin Kiline Elizabeth Harm Judy Whaley Robbie Bellamy ALLENDALE COUNTY Kathleen Myrick Hayward Simmons Alex Cone BAMBERG COUNTY Nancy Foster Jewel Davis John White BARNWELL COUNTY Eddie Richburg Vivian T. Alston Lynn S. Cox Elizabeth Ringus EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS (NON-VOTING) Terri Boone Jerry Bell Daniel Harvey Joy Raintree Robert Mahoney Joyce Freeman
  23. 23. 23 23 19 AIKEN COUNTY Reggie Barner Dee Crawford Kim Matthews Catie McCauley Antwain Peterson Lessie Price Laura Smith Deborah White Will Williams Susan Winsor Ronnie Young ALLENDALE COUNTY Robbie Dublin Darainey Hudson Donella Robinson BAMBERG COUNTY Crystal Baxley Teresa Hannibal Donald Parler BARNWELL COUNTY Jeff Martin Marshall Martin Jeanette Murray CALHOUN COUNTY M. Pat Black. Jr. Donna Elmore ORANGEBURG COUNTY John Cunningham Kenisha Grimes Ruby Polin Curtis Randolph William “Bill” Reynolds, Jr. C. W. “ Bill “ Welch AIKEN COUNTY LaLita Ashley Brandon Chandler Felicia Chandler Dee Crawford Patrick Keating Carmen Landy Chanosha Lawton Lessie Price ALLENDALE COUNTY Teresa Pope BAMBERG COUNTY Christopher Green Joye Hallman Wanda Nettles Wanda Wiggins BARNWELL COUNTY Rebecca Bodiford Doris Jameson Jeanette Murray Marianne Petersen ORANGEBURG COUNTY Lorri Bennett Joni Mc Daniel Ruby Polin Renee Ritter
  24. 24. 24 24 20 ADMINISTRATION Connie H. Shade Nora D. Sanders Christine Chandler FINANCE Frances Owens Kelley Hayes Deloris Williams HUMAN SERVICES Lynnda Bassham Linda Nalley Al-Jabere Nikki N. Cannon Mary Beth Fields Susan H. Garen R. M. “ Cathie” Lindler Dana A. Luttrull Rhonda H. Mitchell Katherine Oliver Jan Randall Tina Swan PLANNING COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOURISM Jennifer Tinsley Leslie Z. Crawford Deborah T. Fair Melissa F. Freitas Mary Ann Keisler Nicole Przybylowicz Amanda Sievers WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT André Anderson Denise A. Blystone Bartel Boone Patrick G. Caldwell Karen Chapman Stephanie Ray Evans Sheryl Gray Geneva S. Jackson Janis Lott Wendy Mahuron Vickie Richardson Sally C. Sharpe Dianna Simmons Megan R. Sims Chesney Tyler H. Lee Willing SOUTHERN CAROLINA ALLIANCE Becky Beyer SRS CRO Richard McLeod Mindy Mets AIKEN-EDGEFIELD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP Will Williams CONTRACT STAFF N. L. “Shorty” Caprell Dan L. Cherry Catherine Longfellow Sandy Watkins
  25. 25. 25 25 21 1967-1968 P. E. Eugene Brabham* Bamberg County, Charter Member 1968-1969 Joseph B. Wilder* Barnwell County, Charter Member 1969-1970 Charles Weber * Orangeburg County 1970-1971 Clarence Evans* Calhoun County 1971-1973 James D. McNair* Aiken County, Charter Member/Emeritus 1973-1974 Ernest Corbin Bamberg County 1974-1975 H. W. Wall* Allendale County 1975-1976 Jack Keel Barnwell County 1976-1976 H. W. Norris Calhoun County 1976-1977 Wilbur Hunt Orangeburg County 1977-1978 Hammond Burkhalter* Aiken County 1978-1979 Joseph C. Jackson Orangeburg County 1979-1980 Jack Croft* Allendale County 1980-1981 DeWitt M. Norwood, Jr.* Barnwell County 1981-1982 Ralph F. Cullinan* Aiken County 1982-1983 C. M. Kinsey, Jr.* Bamberg County 1983-1984 Charles L. Riley* Allendale County 1984-1985 M. Rudy Groomes Orangeburg County 1985-1986 Fay Hatcher Aiken County 1986-1987 William H. Nimmons Bamberg County 1987-1988 Conner A. Isgett, Jr.* Calhoun County 1988-1989 F. Pickens Williams, Jr. Barnwell County 1989-1990 Nathaniel B. Rice* Allendale County 1990-1991 LaWana R. McKenzie Aiken County 1991-1992 Freddie L. Houston Barnwell County 1992-1993 W. E. Smoak* Calhoun County 1993-1994 Chester A. Ray* Orangeburg County 1994-1995 Alzena Robinson Bamberg County 1995-1996 Olivia G. Cohen* Allendale County 1996-1997 W. Hammond Burkhalter* Aiken County 1997-1998 Clyde T. Reed Barnwell County 1998-1999 S. J. Robinson* Calhoun County 1999-2000 Harry F. Wimberly Orangeburg County 2000-2001 Jasper B. Varn, Jr. Bamberg County 2001-2002 William E. Robinson Allendale County 2002-2003 Ronnie Young Aiken County 2003-2004 Jim H. Kearse Barnwell County 2004-2005 David K. Summers Calhoun County 2005-2006 J. Danny Covington Orangeburg County 2006-2007 Robert Chatman Bamberg County 2007-2008 Moses L. Cohen Allendale County 2008-2009 Kathy Rawls Aiken County 2009-2010 Thomas L. Williams Barnwell County 2010-2011 Roger L. Hill Calhoun County 2011-2012 Janie Cooper-Smith Orangeburg County 2012-2013 Clint Carter Bamberg County 2013-2014 Theresa Taylor Allendale County *Deceased
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  28. 28. 28 28 2478 Wagener Road PO Box 850 Aiken, SC 29802 P. 803-649-7981 / F. 803-649-2248 www.lscog.org

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