-- Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Webpage
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: , 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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