Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Santee-Lynches RCOG hires new Executive Director

Chris McKinney has been selected as the Executive Director of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (SLRCOG).

McKinney will facilitate the strategic vision and oversee all assistance provided to the four county region, consisting of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter Counties and all of the associated municipalities. Based in Sumter, South Carolina, the SLRCOG has a professional staff of 30 people who serve a population of approximately 223,000 people.

McKinney will assume the role of Executive Director on October 16, 2017.

In September 2017, he retired from active duty in the United States Air Force after over 30 years of service. Prior to retiring, McKinney served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina where he was an executive advisor to the Wing Commander and the installation's senior enlisted leader. He was responsible for the training, professional development of 8,500+ military personnel, and the morale and welfare of over 31,000 families and retirees at the nation's largest F-16 fighter wing in the Combatant Air Forces.

From April 2013 until June 2015, McKinney served as the Group Superintendent in the 33rd Operations Group at Eglin AFB, Florida where he was an executive advisor to the Operations Group Commander. He helped provide oversight to facilitate the training of F-35 pilots, F-35 intelligence professionals and Air Battle Managers. He was also responsible for the training, professional development, morale and welfare of 368 military personnel.

His military service includes combat tours of duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A native of Texas, he has an Associate's Degree in Meteorology from the Community College of the Air Force. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management (Leadership Focus) from American Military University and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Upcoming Job Fair in Sumter County

Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and SC Works along with TheLink will host a Job Fair in Sumter County. The Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Sumter County Civic Center located at 700 West Liberty Street in Sumter. The Job Fair will be open to all Veterans at 9:00 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. to all other job seekers. Professional dress is required for entry along with your resume to provide the approximate 80 vendors seeking candidates for their company or organization.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Community Outreach for Sumter County United Ministries

Santee-Lynches RCOG staff collected and delivered over 200 canned goods/staple foods to Sumter County United Ministries as part of our quarterly community outreach. The food will assist the Ministries with feeding Sumter County families who are in need. Thank you to COG Board Members Jim McCain (Sumter County Council Chair) and Jim Campbell for their assistance in delivering these items. COG staff continue to work with local communities in the four-county region on quarterly outreach projects.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lee County Job Fair A Success

Approximately 200 job seekers participated in the Lee County Job Fair held at the old Bishopville High Gymnasium. Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and SC Works along with partners such as WLTX News 19, Lee County Council, Tabernacle of Champions, and REP Communications Network held the four-hour event. With 35 vendors from around the region set up to host job seekers there were many positions to fill. Lee County companies of Carolina Metal Finishing, Coca Cola, Palmetto Corporation, and the new Crown Health Care Laundry Services were looking for the right candidate.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Santee-Lynches RCOG receives three Innovation Awards from NADO

The National Association of Development Organizations announced its Innovation Awards for 2017. Santee-Lynches Regional COG receives three: Heartfelt Patriotism; Hire Me - Industry Specific Regional Hiring Events for Economic Development Prospects; and Understanding the Green Heart of South Carolina: Santee-Lynches Green Infrastructure Inventory. https://www.nado.org/congratulations-to-the-2017-nado-innovation-award-winners/

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lee County Job Fair

Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and SC Works will host a Job Fair in Lee County. If you or someone you know is looking for a job, please come visit the Job Fair scheduled for Wednesday, August 9 at 121 East College Street (old Bishopville High Gymnasium) in Bishopville. The event begins with Veterans only at 9:00 a.m. and all others at 9:30 a.m. Partners for the Job Fair are Tabernacle of Champions, Lee County Council, WLTX News 19, and REP Communications Network.

Monday, June 26, 2017

COG names Interim Executive Director

Kathy Powell has been named Interim Executive Director for Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments by the Board's Executive Committee. She will assume this role beginning July 17, 2017. Mrs. Powell has been with the agency since May 1987 and currently serves as the COG's Deputy and Finance Director.