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Annual Report
January - December 2015
Serving six counties and forty-five municipalities since 1967
2748 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 Keith Sloan
2015 has been a year of accomplishments for the Lower Savannah
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Farewell to Connie Shade
Ms. Connie Shade, Executive Director of the Lower Savannah Council of
Governments, retired ...
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Message from Dr. William Molnar
It is my distinct honor to be the Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ new
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VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is to be a nationally
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that facilitates regional solut...
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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
only Aging, Disability and Transpor...
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HIGHLIGHTS
 Conducted a required procurement for the operation of the Best
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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
 Assistance with designation of Guideshare Funding for the
Oran...
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Lower Savannah is the designated regional Economic Development
District (...
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
LSCOG Community Development staff provide technical assistance to
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LOWER SAVANNAH REGIONAL HOUSING CONSORTIUM
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Mission
To foster partnerships between regional governmental, ...
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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 DEVELOPMENT
The MISSION of the Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board is
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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENTSERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE
 Along the same training lines, On the Job Training programs (OJT...
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workshops were offered on various training programs offered
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 Hosted two legislative breakfasts on February 2nd at LSCOG in
Aiken and on February 9th at the Orangeburg Offic...
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AIKEN COUNTY
Roger Boyd 8 years
Willar Hightower 20 years
LaWana McKenzie 7 years
Lessie Price 28 years
Kathy Raw...
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AIKEN COUNTY
Cathie Justen
Kathy Rawls
Cindy Raybould
Scott Singer
ALLENDALE COUNTY
Layman Cook
Barbara Lewis
BAM...
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AIKEN COUNTY
Brian Sanders
Kevin Price
Reggie Barner
ALLENDALE COUNTY
Shekinah Washington
BAMBERG COUNTY
Joe Gues...
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AIKEN COUNTY
Catie McCauley
Dee Crawford
Laura Haffly
Kim Matthews
Lessie Price
Brian Smith
Deborah White
Dr. Sus...
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ADMINISTRATION
Dr. William Molnar
Nora D. Sanders
Christine Chandler
FINANCE
Frances Owens
Kelley Hayes
Deloris W...
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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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2748 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 2015

  1. 1. 1 1 Annual Report January - December 2015 Serving six counties and forty-five municipalities since 1967 2748 Wagener Road PO Box 850 Aiken, SC 29802 P. 803-649-7981 / F. 803-649-2248 www.lscog.org
  2. 2. 2 2 Discover how the Lower Savannah COG can be of service to your County or Municipality!
  3. 3. 3 3 1 Letter from Chairman Keith Sloan 2015 has been a year of accomplishments for the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and it is with a sense of great pride and pleasure that we provide our 2015 annual report for your information. The Lower Savannah COG is an organization of six unique and diverse member counties bound together for the mutual benefit and progress of each. The counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg have committed to making our region the very best it can be for all of our 315,000 plus residents, 45 active municipalities and the local business and industrial community. For almost 50 years the Lower Savannah COG, utilizing a dedicated and highly skilled staff and board committed to community improvement and progress, has worked with municipal and county governments to design and develop programs and funding sources to help the communities of the region achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams. The Lower Savannah COG has programs that touch virtually all areas of our public service needs. The COG administers state and federal grants in housing, community development, transit, workforce development, economic development, aging and many more areas identified as a need by our member counties. In 2015 the Lower Savannah COG experienced the retirement of Connie Shade as Executive Director. Consistent with the forward looking vision of the COG, a nationwide search was begun for an Executive Director to lead the COG into the future. The search ended with the selection of Dr. William Molnar as the new Executive Director. It is with great pride that we review the past and many achievements of our COG in the region. It is with much anticipation and high expectations that we view the future of the LSCOG. Under the leadership of Dr. Molnar, utilizing the skills and talents of our outstanding staff and with a renewed sense of purpose and determination of our board and our member counties, the future looks exceedingly bright for the LSCOG and the citizens and local governments it serves. Keith Sloan Chairman 2015/2016 Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg
  4. 4. 4 4 2 Farewell to Connie Shade Ms. Connie Shade, Executive Director of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, retired on September 1, 2015 and handed over the reins to Dr. William Molnar. She stayed on for two weeks to give guidance in the transition and received a heartwarming farewell from staff on September 15th and a regional farewell with invited guests on September 17th. Anyone who knows Connie also knows that she poured her heart and soul into the COG, its operations, programs, projects, as well as board, state, county and municipal relationships. She started with the COG forty-five years ago as office manager. At that time she was one of six employees. During the ensuing years, she has served in numerous capacities, having been involved in nearly every program of the COG. Connie has taken the lead to identify and implement new initiatives that have proven to be invaluable in impacting the quality of life for local citizens and helping communities in the region thrive. She retires from a healthy agency, with a staff of around fifty employees, that offers successful programs ranging from community development, economic development, regional planning, a regional housing consortium, workforce development, to tourism and a regional Aging, Disability and Transportation Resource Center. During her tenure as Assistant Executive Director, she assisted in the development of the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority, a national model solid waste facility shared by nine counties. She led the region's work in transit system development and coordination, leading to the vision in 2000 of a coordinated regional transportation network, following a study on regional coordination among transit providers. She led efforts to develop and implement public transit system in four counties in the region. all of which continue to operate successfully. In July 2011 she took over the position as Executive Director and now, at the end of her leadership, she leaves all of the COG's programs enjoying a reputation for meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements, high performance, and fiscal responsibility. Over the years, the Lower Savannah COG has been instrumental in generating over $558 million in state and federal grants for municipalities and counties in the region. Connie has proven to be a devoted and passionate leader for the LSCOG and carrying out its mission. That said, she is looking forward to spending time with her family, traveling, staying involved in community affairs and wearing her newest "hat" - grandmother to a one-year old granddaughter. Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg Connie & Bill Taylor (SC House Representative) Connie & Yvette Rowland (Office of Senator Lindsey Graham)
  5. 5. 5 5 3 Message from Dr. William Molnar It is my distinct honor to be the Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ new Executive Director. I look forward to continuing the COG’s strong technical and administrative support to its member counties and the local governments that they serve. In addition, I am excited to bring in new ideas and programs that will complement and expand upon the great work already being conducted within the region. The work enclosed in this report occurred before Ms. Connie Shade retired from this position after 45 years of service to the LSCOG. I would first like to thank her and all the others who have left or retired in the last year, whose efforts are here included. A few of the highlights of this report are: in Aiken County the Medication Assistance Program (MAP) doubled the number of recipients, since 2004 they have recorded a savings in prescriptions for the county of $7.8 million; we assisted the Town of Allendale with a new well and served 2,651 customers at the SC Works Allendale Center; the City of Denmark sparkles with a new intersection upgrade; in Calhoun County we managed four (4) homeowner rehabilitation projects valued at approximately $180,000 and saw a 40% increase in Business Engagement; and, Orangeburg County is completing the intersection of I-95 and US 301 with Guideshare funds. These are just some of the ways that the LSCOG benefits the region. Thank you to all who have welcomed me. I look forward to working with Chairman Keith Sloan and the other members of the Council as we serve our region in this coming year. I am especially grateful to our past LSCOG Chairman Ronnie Young for his tireless efforts on behalf of this organization and his energies with the Workforce Development Board. Chairman Young’s advocacy for the Council is deeply appreciated. In addition, I wish to recognize Assistant Executive Director Ms. Nora Sanders for her continuous devotion and the expertise that she brings to the Lower Savannah Council of Governments. As the Council transitions to new leadership there will be many exciting changes. On the agenda for this coming year is a renewed emphasis on building partnerships, the development of entrepreneurial opportunities, the enhancement of our external communications, and the expansion of technological opportunities within the region. I am always available to discuss this report and how the LSCOG is moving forward to address the needs of the six county region. If you have questions, please contact me, or the appropriate division administrator. Finally, thank you for your interest and support of the Lower Savannah COG’s continuing mission to serve the citizens of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, and Orangeburg counties. William Molnar, Ph.D. Executive Director Serving the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg
  6. 6. 6 6 4 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 5 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-eight (48) 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 6 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. 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  Input into urban and rural long range transit & coordination plans
  9. 9. 9 9 7 HIGHLIGHTS  Conducted a required procurement for the operation of the Best Friend Express and Dial-a-Ride services which resulted in a change of operator for the system  Applied for and secured funding from SCDOT and then conducted a required procurement for specialized transportation for older adults and people with disabilities region-wide; local transportation providers are looking forward to gearing up for serving local citizens in all six counties  Provided mobility management services to members of the public seeking public transportation, helping them find rides to work, school, medical care and destinations of independent community living. ADTRC staff helped local citizens to solve complex problems involving transportation  Assisted Orangeburg County in management of the Cross County Connection Transit System in Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties  Continued 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  Worked with the Aiken City Senior Commission to host a well- attended Senior Legal Issues workshop in October, 2014  Strengthened our partnership with the Savannah River Site Retiree Association (SRSRA) - numerous volunteers from SRS have been trained and work closely with the ADTRC staff in the center to help others  Trained new volunteers for several programs offered through the Area Agency on Aging including Benefits Counseling and Nursing Home Visitor programs  Funding was substantially increased 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. The funding for respite services helping Alzheimer patient caregivers which started in 2014 is ongoing  Participated as a sponsor for the Aiken Senior Extravaganza which sees an annual attendance of over 1,200 seniors  Made numerous presentations at health and information fairs, United Way of Aiken County events and to civic and church clubs Since September 2014 SRSRA has accomplished the following:  533 office visits  309 phone contacts  9 home visits  71 people received Welcome to Medicare Training  727 client hours assistance provided  $332,868 in health benefit claims processed  39,631 Handy Rides in Bamberg County LSCOG contracted to purchase home and community services in all six counties to 1,852 individual seniors through the aging program. Services such as meals, home care, transportation and wellness activities provided helped these older adults remain in their homes.
  10. 10. 10 10 8 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  Technical assistance with planning, zoning and land use developments documents for municipalities and counties in particular Allendale County.  Assistance for the towns of North, Blackville, Elloree and Bowman with their Comprehensive Planning Program Update  Assistance for Eastern Orangeburg with their Study Implementation  Assistance for the Town of New Ellenton in their Urban Land Institute charrette  Initial work on the 5-Year Update for Hazard Mitigation Plans.  6 hours of planning and zoning orientation sessions for local officials through SCAC and MASC  10-year updates to Orangeburg County Comprehensive Plan Program  10-year updates to Towns of Holly Hill and Santee Comprehensive Plan Program
  11. 11. 11 11 9 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Assistance with designation of Guideshare Funding for the Orangeburg County US301 Extension and I-95 Intersection Project  Participation in the SC Department of Transportation Multimodal Plan update  Regular meetings of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) of the COG to discuss rural transportation and transit project and program projects for funding  Participation 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  Customized data reports for businesses and development projects in the area and for economic development purposes utilizing ESRI’s Business Analyst Online (BAO)  Geographic Information System (GIS) maps and Census data to local governments, business and citizens within the LSCOG region OTHER PLANNING SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Participation in activities of the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)  Serving as active member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee of Aiken County  Serving as ex-officio board member of the GAIT Foundation (Greater Aiken Integrated Trails) Orangeburg County US 301 and I-25 Intersection Project— Construction Denmark, SC Downtown Intersection Upgrade
  12. 12. 12 12 10 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  Assistance with an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant application for the West Avenue Extension Project in North Augusta  Assistance for the City of Barnwell with an EDA application  Developing an EDA grant application for a Health Sciences and Nursing facility at Orangeburg—Calhoun Technical College  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; completion and ribbon cutting ceremony September 2015  Preparation of Environmental Assessments for various EDA projects  Participating in Statewide Economic Development Indicators Project
  13. 13. 13 13 11 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 DEV’T SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE Provided CDBG administrative functions for the following  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  Prepared Environmental Assessments for various CDBG Projects  City of Denmark Water Upgrade—CDBG Application Preparation  Calhoun County Fire Truck—CDBG Application Preparation
  14. 14. 14 14 12 LOWER SAVANNAH REGIONAL HOUSING CONSORTIUM (LSRHC) Mission To foster partnerships between regional governmental, for profit and nonprofit entities, in order to increase capacity and access to affordable housing; to increase affordable housing stock free from discrimination in support of community and neighborhood development. LSRHC Program Goals  Increase the support of decent, affordable housing to low and very low income households  Expand the capacity of non-profit housing providers  Strengthen the ability of state and local government to provide housing  Leverage private sector participation Project Funding Categories  Rental Rehabilitation (must be in partnership with a LSRHC designated CHDO)  Homeowner Rehabilitation (maximum assistance $45,000; funds must address health & safety issues)  Homebuyer Program Funding Beneficiaries Households benefiting from these programs must be at or below 80% of HUD median income for the area and meet other federal and program requirements. 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 Town of Williston (joined in 2013) Calhoun County Town of Cameron Orangeburg County Town of Neeses City of Orangeburg Town of Santee (joined in 2013)
  15. 15. 15 15 13 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 year for fulfillment of inquiries. These guides are distributed to individual requests as well as stocked in the state’s welcome centers, regional 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.  Placing Thoroughbred Country advertising in various publications including WRDW, Tripinfo.com, American Road 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, AAA Home & Away, AAA World, Atlanta Magazine and the SC Welcome Centers on I-20, I-95 and I-26  Maintaining website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote Thoroughbred Country  Conversion studies to determine how many inquirers have actually converted to visitors  Participation in Hospitality Day at the Statehouse, an annual event that showcases the tourism and hospitality industry to the SC legislators  Distribution of literature at travel shows including the Family Circle Cup, World AM, Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic, Flowertown Festival, Southeast Wildlife Expo, Greenville Camping & RV Show, Travel South and Forrest Wood Cup  Quarterly meetings of the Thoroughbred Country Tourism Advisory Committee  SC Peaches & Berries partnership brochure to promote local growers  Media Press Room Partnership with Laurie Rowe Communications; www.travelmediapressroom.com  2014 Hospitality Employee of the Year Award Winner: Mandy Collins
  16. 16. 16 16 14 PROGRAM OVERVIEW - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 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 basic and individualized 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.  483 WIOA Adult applicants served during PY 14  191 WIOA Dislocated Worker applicants served during PY14  200 WIOA Youth applicants served during PY 14 1095 employment and career workshops and other groups activities held Ten (10) companies received IWT funding in the amount of $73,512 OJT funding provided jobs to 38 workers with a successful completion rate of 71%  58,440 SC Works visits were conducted by citizens of the Lower Savannah Region to access Reemployment Services  Business Service staff reported a 40% increase in Workforce Division/ Business Engagement in Calhoun County WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  The past twelve month period has been of steady growth for all Workforce Programs. We have secured contracts with one service provider for our 6 county region and are working hand in hand with them to ensure workforce services are in a state of continuous improvement. The local Workforce Development Board has been revamped according to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) standards. Their input and leadership has been instrumental in our success over the last year and will be vital as we launch into the new workforce areas of Sector Strategies and Apprenticeships for the Lower Savannah region.  The LSCOG Workforce Division has upgraded the Information Technology (IT) and computer systems in all six of our SC Works Centers to provided an improved experience for both those seeking re-employment services in the centers as well as the many employers using the centers as a hiring base.  Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) funds became available to the region and a call for projects was issued. Ten (10) firms received IWT funding in the amount of $73,512. Through these funds, 713 persons will receive opportunities to improve their skills through employer initiated training to increase their earning power and credentialing within their chosen fields or occupations.
  17. 17. 17 17 15 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENTSERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE  Along the same training lines, On the Job Training programs (OJT) reached a total of 38 workers throughout the region at an successful completion rate of 71%. These persons were previously unemployed and were placed with local businesses and industries who agreed to hire the persons full-time and train them over a pre-approved time frame. A portion of the training period is subsidized by WIOA funds based on total number of employees at the form/organization. Of the 38 participants enrolled in OJT programs last year; 27 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 WIOA program. It is the goal of the Business Services Staff to encourage local employers to call the WIOA program when they have employment needs and to build a relationship between the industries and businesses throughout the region.  The WIOA Staff, WIOA Workforce Development Board, and Youth Standing Committee, are addressing new WIOA requirements centered around Work-Based Learning (WBL). WBL opportunities includes: Internships and Work Experiences, Transitional Jobs, Summer Jobs, Apprenticeships, On-the-Job Trainings and Incumbent Worker Trainings. Under WIOA, 20% of all Youth Program funds must be spent in the above categories. The LSCOG workforce division has committed itself to achieve this goal. Youth Service Providers, as well as Business Services staff are out in force increasing the region’s WBL opportunities so that we will not only met this new requirement of the new Workforce law but to also provide the valuable foundational employment skills that many of our Youth lack due to the absence of real workplace experiences that quality WBL will provide.  Youth forums were held during March 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 WIOA and the WIA Youth Standing Committee, the two technical colleges, and the Regional Workforce Advisor, had an attendance of over 500 students. During the forums, Youth Forum
  18. 18. 18 18 16 workshops were offered on various training programs offered through the technical colleges that would lead to well-paying jobs. There were presentations from industry leaders and motivational speakers. Follow-up with the students post forum attendance was coordinated and follow-up with the technical schools is on-going .
  19. 19. 19 19 17  Hosted two legislative breakfasts on February 2nd at LSCOG in Aiken and on February 9th at the Orangeburg Office on Aging in Orangeburg. 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.  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, recycling, healthy food cook-offs, 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.  Lower Savannah COG hosts a Toastmasters Club – the COG Toasters – to help staff improve their public speaking and communication skills.  Provided staff with a glimpse into the Graniteville Mill life by creating a staff retreat day with the help of former mill employees and Graniteville native and board member Roger Boyd.
  20. 20. 20 20 18 AIKEN COUNTY Roger Boyd 8 years Willar Hightower 20 years LaWana McKenzie 7 years Lessie Price 28 years Kathy Rawls 20 years John Simmons 34 years Don Wells * 3 years Thomas H. Williams 10 years Ronnie Young 20 years ALLENDALE COUNTY Dorothy Riley 4 years Vernie Harney 10 years Bill Robinson 26 years Wilda Robinson 2 years DaWan Smith 4 years Theresa Taylor 14 years BAMBERG COUNTY Justin Bamberg * 1 year Jerry Bell 4 years Clint Carter 10 years Larrry Haynes 4 years Alzena Robinson 17 years Jasper Varn 22 years Gerald Wright 10 years BARNWELL COUNTY Freddie Houston 30 years Lowell Jowers 6 years Lonnie Hosey * 4 years David Kenner 12 years Keith Sloan 14 years Pickens Williams, Jr. 31 years Thomas L. Williams 11 years CALHOUN COUNTY Pamela Claxton 3 years Ted Felder 1 year James Haigler 22 years Roger Hill 12 years Joe Sikes 5 years Russell L. Ott * 2 years David Summers 33 years ORANGEBURG COUNTY Janie Cooper-Smith 10 years David Covington 24 years Brad Hutto * 4 years Joe Jackson 40 years Clyde Livingston 20 years Johnny Ravenell 10 years Silas Seabrooks, Jr. 24 years Harry Wimberly 18 years * Legislative Ex-Officio Member
  21. 21. 21 21 19 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 Strohminger 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 Boyce Till ORANGEBURG COUNTY Sinkler Boone Janie Cooper-Smith Harold Young Region-Wide Representative: Jestine Sanders-Carter
  22. 22. 22 22 20 AIKEN COUNTY Brian Sanders Kevin Price Reggie Barner ALLENDALE COUNTY Shekinah Washington BAMBERG COUNTY Joe Guess, Jr. BARNWELL COUNTY Evelyn Coker CALHOUN COUNTY Tyrone Dantzler ORANGEBURG COUNTY Willie Owens Harold Young AIKEN COUNTY Jenny Burghardt Ashley Havird Marylin Kiline Judy Whaley ALLENDALE COUNTY Terri Boone Lottie Lewis Kathleen Myrick Hayward Simmons BAMBERG COUNTY Jewel Davis Nancy Foster John White BARNWELL COUNTY Vivian T. Alston Bob Cothran Lynn S. McEwen Eddie Richburg EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS (NON-VOTING) Jerry Bell Hollie Evans Elizabeth Ringus Joyce Freeman Robert Mahoney Joy Raintree
  23. 23. 23 23 21 AIKEN COUNTY Catie McCauley Dee Crawford Laura Haffly Kim Matthews Lessie Price Brian Smith Deborah White Dr. Susan Winsor ALLENDALE COUNTY Darainey Hudson Donella Robinson BAMBERG COUNTY Teresa Hannibal (Chair) Donald Parler Dr. Renee Ritter BARNWELL COUNTY Jeff Martin Marty Martin, Jr. Jeanette Murray CALHOUN COUNTY M. Pat Black. Jr. ORANGEBURG COUNTY Kenisha Grimes Ruby Polin Curtis Randolph Billy Reynolds (VChair) C. W. “ Bill “ Welch AIKEN COUNTY LaLita Ashley Brandon Chandler Dee Crawford Jeanette Murray Patrick Keating Lessie Price BAMBERG COUNTY Rebecca Bodiford Christopher Green Dr. Teresa Pope BARNWELL COUNTY Joye Hallman Doris Jameson ORANGEBURG COUNTY Lorri Bennett Joni Mc Daniel Ruby Polin Renee Ritter Felicia Chandler Chanosha Lawton Stephanie Williams-Rouse ALLENDALE COUNTY Carmen Landy Wanda Wiggins CALHOUN COUNTY
  24. 24. 24 24 22 ADMINISTRATION Dr. William Molnar 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 Vickie Jackson R. M. “ Cathie” Lindler Catherine Longfellow Janis Lott Dana A. Luttrull Rhonda H. Mitchell Katherine Oliver Jan Randall PLANNING COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOURISM Jennifer Tinsley Patrick Caldwell Leslie Z. Crawford Jeff Derwort Deborah T. Fair Melissa F. Freitas Mary Ann Keisler Nicole Przybylowicz Amanda Sievers Heather Warren WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT André Anderson Denise A. Blystone Bartel Boone Karen Chapman Stephanie Ray Evans Megan R. Helmig Geneva S. Jackson Wendy Mahuron Vickie Richardson Sally C. Sharpe Dianna Simmons Chesney Tyler H. Lee Willing SOUTHERN CAROLINA ALLIANCE Becky Beyer SRS CRO Richard McLeod Amy Merry Mindy Mets AIKEN-EDGEFIELD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP Will Williams CONTRACT STAFF N. L. “Shorty” Caprell Dan L. Cherry Sandy Watkins
  25. 25. 25 25 23 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 2014-2015 Ronnie Young Aiken County 2015-2016 Keith Sloan Barnwell County *Deceased
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  28. 28. 28 28 2748 Wagener Road PO Box 850 Aiken, SC 29802 P. 803-649-7981 / F. 803-649-2248 www.lscog.org

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