Entries by Shannon Hill

Administrators Hear from Consultant About Funding Opportunities in South Carolina

The last time USCOG hosted a public administrators meeting, Greenwood County Emergency Management Coordinator George McKinney was warning about a Coronavirus that was just beginning to spread into the United States. That was March 4, 2020. At the time McKinney was speaking, there were 60 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States, and […]

USCOG Helps Ridge Spring Receive Grant for Playground Equipment, Bicycle Rack

Upper Savannah COG helped the Town of Ridge Spring acquire a HEAL mini grant to upgrade equipment at the community playground and add a bicycle rack at the Farmer’s Market. The HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) grant totals $4,900. Government Services Director Rick Green prepared and submitted the grant application. The funding is provided […]

USCOG Region Receives The Three Largest CDBG Grant Awards in Spring Round

  The three largest Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards in the state from the spring 2022 infrastructure round are coming to the Upper Savannah Region. The Department of Commerce announced 16 grant awards, totaling $15,240,868. The three coming to the Upper Savannah Region total $4.8 million. The grant awards were announced in July, but […]

Grants Available to Help SC Communities, Entities Celebrate American Revolution History

SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission (SC250) grants are now available to support public programs, scholarly research, and historic tourism projects related to the American Revolution. It is the goal of the SC250 Commission that each county and community rediscovers their unique American Revolution historical significance. The Commission also wants to give voice to previously disenfranchised […]

CDBG Funding Helps Town of Johnston Receive New Fire Truck to Replace ’73 Model

It was a typical hot, muggy August day but it felt more like Christmas in Johnston when a shiny new red fire truck pulled into the Town’s administrative building parking lot. The truck was funded by a Community Development Block Grant. The Town of Johnston received $454,545 in CDBG funding in November 2019 for purchase […]

Lander Offering Special New Tuition Rates for Public Agency and Nonprofit Employees

Lander University is offering a special new tuition rate for public agency and non-profit employees. Lander is offering online undergraduate classes at $290 per credit hour and graduate program classes at $360 per credit hour. The new rates begin for Fall 2022 classes. To qualify, employees of public agencies and nonprofits must be at least […]

Upper Savannah Assists Laurens School District with Funding for Virus Cleansing Air Purifiers

Laurens County School District 55 is among several entities which are benefiting from Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding with Upper Savannah COG staff’s assistance. The CDBG-CV funding is used to help prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. USCOG applied for and was awarded CDBG-CV funds for five projects, including air […]

USCOG Transportation Workshop Informs About SCDOT Programs, Provides Project Updates

Those who attended the Upper Savannah Regional Transportation Workshop learned about the many programs within the S.C. Department of Transportation while receiving updates on current and upcoming road and bridge projects in the Region. The workshop was organized by Upper Savannah COG and hosted by Piedmont Technical College. More than 40 attended the workshop held […]

Upper Savannah Helps LCWSC Acquire $2 Million EDA Grant for Industry Expansion

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo has announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission for sewer infrastructure upgrades to service a prime industrial corridor. This project will promote job creation through sewer upgrades necessary for business expansion. This EDA […]