Lower Savannah Council of Governments

Lower Savannah Council of Governments Lower Savannah Council of Government (LSCOG) is a regional organization which coordinates cooperative development among local governments in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties of South Carolina.

The May 2020 issue of LSCOG’s official newsletter, COGnizance, is now available. Read about how the Lower Savannah COG i...
06/01/2020

The May 2020 issue of LSCOG’s official newsletter, COGnizance, is now available. Read about how the Lower Savannah COG is working in the midst of the Corona Virus. Use this link to read the full message.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57e557e0bebafb38f5b22bad/t/5ed156e789d12f1ce611244f/1590777576327/2020+May+Newsletter+word.pdf

Stay safe. Here are some tips on physical distancing in public parks and trails. Source National Parks and Recreation As...
05/30/2020

Stay safe. Here are some tips on physical distancing in public parks and trails. Source National Parks and Recreation Association.

LSCOG's Tourism department manages the Thoroughbred Country South Carolina program for Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg and Bar...
05/28/2020

LSCOG's Tourism department manages the Thoroughbred Country South Carolina program for Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. Learn more about about Thoroughbred Country here - https://www.tbredcountry.org.

05/19/2020
SC DHEC

Darius Rucker reminds us SC DHEC's website has a lot of information. Stay SC Strong - https://www.facebook.com/SCDHEC/videos/586128088686894/
scdhec.gov/COVID19.

"Harmony is the key to great music. It’s also the key to Staying South Carolina Strong in the face of challenges like COVID-19.” -Darius Rucker, singer/songwriter.

Watch the video for more information and learn about how you can #StaySCStrong at scdhec.gov/COVID19.

Respond to the census in the safety of your home. Info 2020Census.gov.
05/14/2020

Respond to the census in the safety of your home. Info 2020Census.gov.

05/12/2020

Several of the Lower Savannah Aging contractors are providing “drive thru” meals to seniors 60 and older who live in their county. A picture ID with the seniors, name address and phone number will be required. A caregiver can pick up the meals for a senior but must have their picture ID. The “drive thru” meals are for clients who are not currently getting home delivered meals from the county contractor. The meals will vary from week to week and will resemble the make-up of a home delivered meal. Five meals will be provided to each county eligible person. The meals are on a first come first serve basis.

Aiken County Information 803-648-5447
Pick- up- is at 1310 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC
Pick-up time- 2:00pm

Bamberg County Information 803-245-3021
Pick- up- is at Olar Fire Department (the location will change each week to canvas the county)
Pick-up time- 10am-12pm

Barnwell County Information 803-541-1249
Pick- up- 10588 Dunbarton Blvd, Barnwell, SC (Barnwell Bi-Lo Parking Lot) on Mondays
Pick-up time- 10:30am
Pick- up- 12255 E. Main Street Williston, SC (Williston School District Office) on Tuesdays
Pick-up time- 10:30am
Pick- up- 19464 Solomon Blatt Avenue, Blackville, SC (Blackville Community Center) on Tuesdays
Pick-up time- 2:00pm
Calhoun County Information 803-874-1270

Pick- up- Fort Motte Community Center parking lot in Fort Motte on Wednesday
Pick-up time- 10:30am to 12:00pm
Pick- up- Beulah United Methodist Church parking lot in Gaston on Wednesday
Pick-up time- 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Pick- up- St. John Recreation Complex parking lot in Cameron on Thursday
Pick-up time- 10:30am to 12:00pm
Pick- up- John Ford Community Center rear parking lot in St. Matthews on Thursday
Pick-up time- 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Orangeburg County Information 803-531-4663
Pick- up- Holly Hill Town Hall, 8423 Old State Road, Holly Hill, SC on Tuesdays
Pick-up time- 10:30am to 12:00pm
Pick- up- Norway Senior Center, 5414 Norway Road, Norway, SC on Tuesdays
Pick-up time- 2:00pm-3:30pm

Sharing this information about senior meals. If you know someone who qualifies, please share with them and others.
05/12/2020

Sharing this information about senior meals. If you know someone who qualifies, please share with them and others.

Sharing this information about senior meals. If you know someone who qualifies, please share with them and others.
05/09/2020

Sharing this information about senior meals. If you know someone who qualifies, please share with them and others.

05/08/2020
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Respond to the census in the safety of your home. Info 2020Census.gov.
05/06/2020

Respond to the census in the safety of your home. Info 2020Census.gov.

It's easy to complete the census while staying home. Simply click here - 2020Census.gov
05/03/2020

It's easy to complete the census while staying home. Simply click here - 2020Census.gov

Respond today for a better tomorrow. Click here to get started - 2020Census.gov.
05/02/2020

Respond today for a better tomorrow. Click here to get started - 2020Census.gov.

Respond to the census in the safety of your home. Info 2020Census.gov.
05/01/2020

Respond to the census in the safety of your home. Info 2020Census.gov.

Did you know Census 2020 is still open? Information 2020Census.gov.
04/30/2020

Did you know Census 2020 is still open? Information 2020Census.gov.

The Census 2020 wants to count students in the right place. Info 2020Census.gov.
04/29/2020

The Census 2020 wants to count students in the right place.
Info 2020Census.gov.

Stay safe. Here are some tips on physical distancing in public parks and trails. Source National Parks and Recreation As...
04/29/2020

Stay safe. Here are some tips on physical distancing in public parks and trails. Source National Parks and Recreation Association. www.TBredCountry.org - info available 24/7/365. #thoroughbredcountrysc #discoversc

The April 2020 issue of LSCOG’s official newsletter, COGnizance, is now available. Read about how the Lower Savannah COG...
04/23/2020

The April 2020 issue of LSCOG’s official newsletter, COGnizance, is now available. Read about how the Lower Savannah COG is working in the midst of the Corona Virus. Use this link to read the full message.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57e557e0bebafb38f5b22bad/t/5ea1e675fedb1110ad4e1430/1587668597778/Apr+Newsletter+word.pdf

LSCOG is thankful to have caring volunteers working to improve the quality of life for our region's residents. Thank you...
04/21/2020

LSCOG is thankful to have caring volunteers working to improve the quality of life for our region's residents. Thank you to the Savannah River Site Retiree Center, the Medication Assistance Program and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program volunteers for all that you do for our programs. #NationalVolunteerWeek

Sharing this from Senator Tom Young, Aiken County.
04/20/2020

Sharing this from Senator Tom Young, Aiken County.

SOUTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT AGENCY UPDATE - APRIL 20

From SCDEW: Many citizens may have questions about some of the new federal unemployment programs under the Cares Act. One of those is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which covers the self-employed and others that might not otherwise qualify for standard unemployment insurance. SCDEW anticipates being able to accept applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) by the end of this claim week ending on the 25th.

As a resource, SCDEW has created the following video which goes into great detail about the program as well as a shortened FAQ sheet for 1099, Self Employed, Contractors and Gig workers. The bottom link is the latest version of the full FAQ sheet.

1. Unemployment for the Self Employed and More:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObX_LA266Fs


2. FAQ for The Self Employed: https://dew.sc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/ui-for-self-employed-contractors-gig-workers-and-1099s7350371707fb478a9f7a5b2c27644af5.pdf?sfvrsn=50a104fa_0

3. Full FAQ Sheet: https://dew.sc.gov/docs/default-source/covid-19/ui-during-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=b653150c_6

Please note that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program is already implemented. This adds $600 on to a weekly benefit amount for workers originally eligible for unemployment insurance.

April 1 - today is Census Day. Show your support and help us share the word about the importance of the #2020Census.
04/01/2020

April 1 - today is Census Day. Show your support and help us share the word about the importance of the #2020Census.

We need your assistance. The current public health environment has limited opportunities for face-to-face meetings promo...
03/30/2020

We need your assistance. The current public health environment has limited opportunities for face-to-face meetings promoting public input to the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan update. Several scheduled public engagement events during March 2020 have now been cancelled. Please share https://www.futuremobility2050.com/ with your social media, family, coworkers and other networks. If you have not participated in the survey, please do, it takes no more than 5 minutes.

COVID-19 & Unemployment Insurance Benefits. For more information, please visit the SC DEW webpage - https://dew.sc.gov.
03/28/2020

COVID-19 & Unemployment Insurance Benefits. For more information, please visit the SC DEW webpage - https://dew.sc.gov.

COVID-19 & Unemployment Insurance Benefits. For more information, please visit the SC DEW webpage - https://dew.sc.gov.
03/20/2020

COVID-19 & Unemployment Insurance Benefits. For more information, please visit the SC DEW webpage - https://dew.sc.gov.

03/18/2020

Address

2748 Wagener Road
Aiken, SC
29801

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(803) 649-7981

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Our 50-Year History

As early as 1966, over a year before Governor Robert E. McNair would sign legislation dividing South Carolina into ten official planning districts for area-wide programs, a small group of local leaders were preparing the designation of the Lower Savannah Economic Development District. These men, who united Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties toward the common goal of promoting the various economic resources of their region, could hardly have known that after 50 years their efforts would lead to over $588,502,615 in state and federal grants being secured for cities and counties in the Lower Savannah Region.

The office was officially established on June 20, 1967 by an EDA grant of $31,450 and local funds of $10,500. Mr. P.E. Brabham of Bamberg was elected the first Chairman of the Board, and the administrative staff consisted of an Executive Director and a Secretary. This staff was housed in the basement of the “Farmers and Merchants Bank” in downtown Aiken, a space donated by the bank’s president – James D. McNair. The first executive director of Lower Savannah was Mr. Joel B. Gunnells – a public administrator from Georgia with a background in farming and a strong desire to make a difference.

On January 1, 1969, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties were added to this regional network, broadening the abilities of Lower Savannah to serve its member governments. It was at this time that the Lower Savannah Economic Development District became the “Lower Savannah Regional Planning and Development Commission.” The “Commission” would change its name again in 1972, becoming known as the “Lower Savannah Regional Planning and Development Council.”

Quickly, the scope of Lower Savannah broadened to include not only economic development, but also Law Enforcement Assistance Programs (LEAP); comprehensive local and regional planning; Health, Education and Welfare (HEW); comprehensive health planning; services to older Americans; review of federal applications; and recreation/historic preservation planning. It was now becoming clear that regional councils were indeed the answer to efficient administration of government funds within a given area.

Flash forward 50 years, and Lower Savannah Council of Governments still holds the same vision of our founders. The original two-person staff has grown into nearly 50 personnel and volunteers, who work on various programs to improve the region’s quality of life. The Board of Directors current membership of 40 greatly surpasses the original board of 18. The staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to ensuring that the needs of all six counties are served - regardless of land size or population. It’s this dedication and community support that has led to the Council of Governments’ success year-after-year. Over the next 50 years and beyond, the Council will continue to promote unity between the six counties, keep a positive vision for the future and seek innovations to advance the region.

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We're so happy to see Aiken on this list. Thanks Marie Betancourt McAden. #DiscoverSC