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ANNOUNCEMENT:  At its September meeting, the COG Board unanimously selected Sabrena Graham to be its new Executive Director.  She currently serves as Hampton County Administrator, a post she has held for ten years.  Her selection ends a seven-month search process conducted by the LCOG Executive Committee led by Beaufort County Councilman Brian Flewelling.  Flewelling said Graham rose to the top in a field of strong candidates because of her leadership experience, her knowledge of the Lowcountry Region and her energy.  “She impressed the committee each time we talked to her,” he said.

Graham will begin work at the COG in late December or early January.  She and current Executive Director Chris Bickley will work together over the next three months to ensure a smooth transition.  Bickley is retiring after twenty-one years in the position.
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NEW: Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)Webpage
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REGIONAL NEWS: 
Meter Bearings Group to establish its first U.S. production facility in Colleton County
Dayco expands at its Walterboro Manufacturing Facility 
- Be Green Packaging gets going in Ridgeland
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Crescent Dairy Ribbon Cutting 
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Employment & manufacturing returning to Colleton County
- New Jasper County manufacturer expected to bring 30 jobs
- Hardeeville breaks ground on RiverPort project
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Forbes Magazine names Bluffton, SC one of the 25 best places to retire in 2014
- Southern Carolina Industrial Campus opens in Hampton County
- State's first Solar Farm, located in Colleton County, producing energy

- More about Beaufort, SC - America's Happiest Seaside Town
- Progressive Packaging to open distribution center in Hampton County
- Palmetto Aero to open three facilities in Colleton County
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Welcome to Lowcountry Council of Governments

Often called “LCOG”, "LowCOG" or simply “the COG”—Lowcountry Council of Governments serves the four-county area between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia and is one of ten regional councils covering South Carolina.  It is a resource for the twenty-five local governments in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties, and, from time to time, may work for an individual jurisdiction, a group of local governments or the entire region.  The COG also acts as a connection between those local governments and certain State and Federal programs.  Most of the time the COG operates in the background and always in support of its members and the Lowcountry Region. 
 
LCOG is a public agency governed by a thirty-member board of directors appointed by the participating local governments.  Activities are organized into four broad program areas: 
Community & Economic Development, Workforce Development, Planning, and Aging & Disability.  Staff members write and administer grants, run programs, compile data, prepare plans and conduct research.  The Board often sets regional priorities.  Current programs and projects include:  Community Development Block Grants, Federal and State Economic Development Grants, HOME Affordable Housing Consortium, Workforce Investment Act, Areawide Water Quality Management, Urban and Rural Transportation and Transit Planning, Joint Land Use Study, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities Resource Center.  Organizationally, the COG looks like a public-sector consulting firm. 
 
Located between two international airports and shipping ports and bisected by I-95, the Lowcountry Region is well-positioned for growth in domestic and international business. The region includes the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Hilton Head Island and the ACE Basin. Temperate climate and southeastern coastal location make the Lowcountry a favorite destination for visitors and retirees. 
 
Welcome to LCOG and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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NOTE: Photographs on this site are owned by LCOG or used with permission of owner and may not be used without written permission. Lowcountry Council of Governments is not responsible for content of linked websites.

 

 Image: Ace Basin Marshland
 Image: Sea birds enjoying sunny sandbar
 Image: Edisto Island Beach Houses
Image: US Blue Angels flying over Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Lowcountry Council of Governments
PO Box 98
634 Campground Road
Yemassee, SC 29945

PHONE: 843-726-5536

FAX: 843-726-5165

EMAIL: office@lowcountrycog.org

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