Upper Savannah was the first multi-county planning and development organization to be created in South Carolina and is now a part of South Carolina's 10 sub-state regional Council of Governments system. (www.sccogs.org) The Upper Savannah region includes six counties: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda.
Created in 1969, Waccamaw Regional is one of ten such regional agencies in the State, together making up the SC Association of Regional Councils. The Council provides in-depth assistance to local government serving as the technical planning staff for numerous planning and zoning commissions, assisting in securing and administering grant funds for local projects and services, as well as coordinating varied social services for the economically deprived.
The purpose of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is to serve as a forum of governments, advocating a regional vision through identification of opportunities, effective courses of action, and appropriate resources essential to enable local governments to enhance the quality of life in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter Counties in South Carolina.
Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments (COG) is one of ten regional planning and technical assistance organizations in South Carolina and is organized by state law to serve local governments in six counties: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, and Marlboro. Its mission is to assist local governments and organizations in a wide variety of planning, economic development, workforce investment and other technical services that will help meet the human and physical development needs of the region.
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 the ten regional councils covering South Carolina. Established in 1971 as a resource for the twenty-five local governments in the Lowcountry Region of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties, its mission includes serving as an advocate for regionalism and a connection between those local governments and certain state and federal agencies. It also operates a number of regional programs.
Since 1969, the Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) has been assisting local governments develop local and regional plans within the four midlands counties (Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland) of South Carolina, as well as providing local governments with planning and technical support to improve the quality of life within the region.
Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) is an association of South Carolina local governments in Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York counties. The COG serves as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and as a central staffing resource for grantsmanship, land use and transportation planning, community and economic development, workforce investment, GIS mapping, information systems, and project management.