Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santee-Lynches RCOG Attends Annual SCARC Conference

Board members attended the annual South Carolina Association of Regional Councils (SCARC) Conference in Myrtle Beach last week. This year's theme was "Celebrating the Past - Welcoming the Future" where presenters focused on 50 years of history for the ten Council of Governments (COG) within the state. Staff presented their COGs history on display during the conference for attendees to view.

Staff joined board members for their annual dinner at Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse. Dr. Mikota presented awards to board member legislators Senator Kevin Johnson, Rep. Laurie Funderburk, Rep. Grady Brown, and Rep. David Weeks for their support to the Council of Governments. Rep. Grady Brown was recognized for his many years of service in the House of Representatives and to the COG. Board member perfect attendance awards were also presented to Senator Kevin Johnson and Sammie Tucker.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Santee-Lynches COG Hosts Annual Summit and Banquet

On November 7th, 2016, the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments hosted the Annual Summit and Awards Banquet for our Board members and regional partners.

As a federally designated Economic Development District, Santee-Lynches must review the strengths and weaknesses of our region, identify opportunities to advance economic vitality and promote new strategies for economic development through public and private partnerships. At the Summit, we worked with the participants on three exercises designed to help with that review process. The first was a group exercise to identify the identity of the region 20 years ago, today, and 20 years from now. Next, the participants broke into groups of about 8 to conduct an economic development focused SWOT exercise in which they were asked to articulate the region's positive and negative features to a prospective industry. Finally, each participant was asked to take some time to individually write down as many economic development related activities to pursue as they could think of on sticky notes. Once that was done, the groups then used an Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize the activities in four categories based on urgency and importance. The exercise resulted in a set of "pursue now" items, "plan for later" items, "partner" items, and "park it" items.

During the banquet portion of the event, Dr. Michael Mikota, Executive Director, presented several awards. Rep. Grady Brown was recognized for his dedicated service and leadership on the COG Board as he retires from the South Carolina House of Representatives, Sharon Durden was presented an award for 20 years of service as an employee of the COG, and COG staff along with the Santee-Lynches Workforce Development Board, Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter Economic Development, Kershaw County, South Carolina Department of Commerce and Santee-Lynches Regional Education Center were recognized for receiving three National Innovation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Veterans Day in Santee-Lynches

The COG had a wonderful time at the 2016 Veterans Day celebration in Sumter. HHS and workforce staff provided information about our services, and COG Board members participated in the parade and ceremony. We are proud to be able to provide our veterans with assistance and enjoyed spending time with those who made so many sacrifices for our country.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Kershaw Job Fair Benefits Area

The 2016 Kershaw Job Fair hosted by Santee-Lynches Regional COG and SC Works provided 46 vendors seeking potential employees. Out of the 187 attendees, 42 individuals were hired at the job fair and 90 others were identified as good prospects. A combined 272 applications/resumes were received by the various vendors participating. The goal of matching employees for suitable positions within various agencies was a success.