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1 Lowcountry Council of Governments Presentation Sherry Carroll, Hardeeville LCOG Representative 9-20-13

2 LCOG One of ten regional councils in South Carolina that serves a 4 county area between Charleston and Savannah: Beaufort Colleton Hampton Jasper

3 LCOG Contact Information Chris Bickley, LCOG ExecutiveDirector Lowcountry Council of Governments PO Box 99 634 Campground Rd Yemassee, SC 29945 Website: Phone: (843) 726-5536 FAX: (843) 726-5165

4 LCOG Budget Annual dues from each county State appropriation Federal, state, and local contracts for service and programs Area-wide Water Quality Management Grants Development and Administration SCDOT Multi-modal Transportation Planning EDA Revolving Loan Fund HUD Affordable Housing

5 LCOG’s 4 Program Areas Community and Economic Development Workforce Development Planning Aging and Disability

6 LCOG Board of Directors 32 members Representatives from the 4 counties Representatives from every municipality with a population of at least 1,000 State legislators from the region may also serve on the board Mayors from smaller towns may also serve on the Board as non-voting members

7 LCOG Board of Directors Beaufort County—12 representatives Colleton County—7 representatives Hampton County—7 representatives Jasper County—5 representatives Sherry Carroll (Hardeeville Elected) Henry Etheridge (Jasper County Elected) Henry Lawton, Sr. (Jasper County At- Large) Joey Malphrus (Ridgeland Elected) Gwen Smith (Jasper County Minority )

8 LCOG Committees Executive Committee (Gwen Smith—Chairman; Henry Etheridge) Aging Advisory Committee (Henry Lawton, Sr.) Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (Joey Malphrus) Transportation Committee (Sherry Carroll & Henry Etheridge) Water Quality 208 Committee (Henry Lawton, Sr.) **SCARC Board (All SC Cogs have representatives)

9 SC Revolving Loan Fund RECENT CHANGE: Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) has joined the recently formed South Carolina Revolving Loan Fund (SCRLF), which will be operated by the Catawba Council of Governments. LCOG’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) backed Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) has long been an important asset to regional start-up and existing small businesses. That will not change. Anyone interested in applying for an RLF loan should contact Senior Lending Officer Randy Pellisero at 803- 327-9041 or by email Catawba COG offers several additional business lending products that Lowcountry businesses can now utilize. Interested business people can also contact us here at LCOG by calling 843-726-5536 or email

10 Catawba Regional Development Corporation The Catawba Regional Development Corporation is a nonprofit corporation established to provide supplemental government financing for new or expanding businesses. Its mission is to facilitate growth, expansion and diversification of the local economy by providing financial assistance to start-up and expanding businesses by offering a variety of loan programs including the SBA 504 program, the Revolving Loan Fund Program, and the Intermediary Relending Program. With these programs CRDC can provide loans ranging from $30,000 to $4 million. In addition, the Development Corporation also oversees a Brownfields Program specifically structured to provide funding for the redevelopment of properties which may be inhibited by the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminates. SBA 504 programRevolving Loan Fund Program Intermediary Relending ProgramBrownfields Program CRDC’s lending staff is experienced in many government loan programs and can provide advice and counsel to business owners. For more lending information contact Randy Pellisero at 803-327-9041.Randy Pellisero

11 Community and Economic Development Serves as administering agency for the Lowcountry Economic Development District Provides resources to help local governments and their agencies bolster the local economy Administers and/or provides technical assistance to federal grant programs for the Economic Development Administration, community development block grants and others Administers the Lowcountry Regional HOME Consortium (LRHC) program to promote and increase affordable housing

12 LCOG Staff—Community and Economic Development Holly Crews, C&ED Specialist Rhonda Davis, C&ED Technician Barbara Johnson, Affordable Housing Manager Michelle Knight, C&ED Director

13 Workforce Development Focuses on growing the regional economy by providing a skilled workforce to existing and new businesses Funded primarily through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), it provides services to both employers and job seekers. Lowcountry WIA (LWIA) services are designed and governed by the Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board (LWIB), which is representative of the four counties, government agencies, education and local businesses. The LWIB maintains a business majority and is chaired by business representatives. Lowcountry WIA is a strong and vital economic development tool that benefits local businesses and job seekers at all levels. It works with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and other important regional partners to provide direct client services and support. The program administrative office is at LCOG.

14 LCOG Staff—Workforce Development Hank Amundson, Workforce Development Director Shelly Campbell, Workforce Development Performance & Data Manager Tracey Jones-Polite, Workforce MIS Manager Lytrelle Shaw, Workforce Developer for Jasper/Hampton Marcia Thomas, Youth Workforce Developer for Jasper/Hampton

15 Planning Handle a variety of projects in the areas of community and regional planning, transportation, housing, economic diversification, infrastructure, and history Regional demographers and statisticians

16 LCOG Staff--Planning Ginnie Kozak, Planning Director Jonathan Sherwood, Community & Regional Planner

17 Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lowcountry Family Caregiver Advocate—provides support, information, education, and services to family caregivers Information, Referral, & Assistance—one-stop approach to provide services to seniors and their caregivers throughout the region Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders (I-CARE)— provides health insurance counseling for Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Senior Medicare fraud programs. Also assists with Medicare Part D Drug coverage as well as enrollment Long-Term Care Ombudman—seeks to improve the quality of life and care of long-term care facility residents (nursing homes and assisted living centers)

18 LCOG Staff—Aging and Disability Karen Anderson, Information & Referral Specialist Gwen Coath, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Claire Glasson, Family Caregiver Advocate Susie Gordon, ICARE Coordinator

19 Current Lowcountry Services/Projects CDBG Drainage Project ($500,000) CDBG Extension of sewage services in Purrysburg ($500,000) CDBG DHEC Addition in Jasper County ($500,000) Hwy 17 Widening Project (multi-million dollar project) Affordable Housing projects Habitat for Humanities projects Home delivered and group dining meals Transportation and legal services Employment and workforce services (Ridgeland) Small business loans

20 Proposed CDBG Projects Hardeeville Library Downtown Revitalization—target a specific area for phase 1

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