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Existing Industry accounts for the
majority of new job creation in America.
This Study analyzes ways to support it.

The Planning Division recently conducted an important economic development study for the grass-roots visioning group, Cherokee 2020, the County Development Board, and the Chamber of CommerceCalled the Cherokee County Business Retention and Expansion Study (BRE), ACOG’s David Shellhorse led small groups from the Cherokee 2020 Economic Development Committee on 40 manufacturer site visits in order to gather feedback on a variety of local topics, including infrastructure, utilities, workforce, and expansion possibilities. 

The goal of the study is to ensure that the community is doing all that it can to be a business-friendly location for industry.  This is with good reason.  Studies have shown that 60%-80% of new jobs in a typical year come existing industry.  Thus while a newly arrived manufacturer rightfully earns newspaper headlines and a ribbon cutting ceremony, the companies which are already in our back yards must also be recognized.  The Study reveals not only valuable information for local economic development, but also strategies for continued industry support. 

Is your community looking for ways to support and retain existing industry?  Contact David Shellhorse, Manager of Economic Development Services, at (864) 241-4649.   

Current Projects

  • Anderson HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan Update & Administration
  • Neighborhood Revitalization - Gaffney Big Mill Village & Pickens Griffin Ebenezer Neighborhood
  • Regional 5-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS 2013-2017)
  • City of Pickens Planning Administration Support
  • Cherokee County Planning Commission Support
  • Cherokee County Business Retention & Expansion Study
  • Community "Entrepreneur Friendly" Toolkit Development

Current Viewpoint Article

Don’t Miss Out On 2012 Planning Training Opportunities

The Appalachian Council of Governments provides the requisite Planning Education training sessions to meet requirements established by the SC Legislature in Article 9 of the SC Code of Laws. Training is mandatory for local government planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals and architectural review boards, as well as staff who directly or indirectly work with planning officials. Check out the new offerings for 2013 READ MORE>>

Regional Highlights

2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Designations...

On April 30, 2012, the EPA announced final designations under the 2008 ozone NAAQS and released its final rule for ozone area classifications, establishing December 31 of each relevant calendar year as the attainment date for each classification, and revoking the 1997 ozone NAAQS for purposes of transportation conformity.  Collaborative efforts of stakeholders across South Carolina have focused on multi-pollutant strategies to reduce ozone, particulate matter 2.5, and air toxics, which in turn have improved air quality and have a positive impact on public health and the environment.  As a result, these collaborative efforts have helped meet our collective goal of achieving the 2008 ozone NAAQS before nonattainment designations occurred.

Although the monitor in York County is meeting the 2008 ozone NAAQS, the EPA included the eastern, urbanized area of York County in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC nonattainment area. This is the same portion of York County that the EPA designated nonattainment in 2004 with the exception of the Catawba Indian Nation Reservation.  EPA designated the remainder of the state, including the Catawba Indian Nation Reservation unclassifiable/attainment for the 2008 ozone standard. The list of the final designations and related information, is available at EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/ozonedesignations/2008standards/regs.htm