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The Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) serves as the regional planning organization for the six counties of the Appalachian Region of South Carolina and has a voluntary membership of 43 municipalities and three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The Appalachian Region of South Carolina includes the counties Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties. The Appalachian Regional Freight Mobility Plan will also include all of Laurens County.
The need for a comprehensive strategy to address goods movement in this region results from significant growth in both population and industry that has put pressure on existing infrastructure. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Area boasts the largest Metropolitan Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the state and is ranked #67 among all metropolitan areas in the United States (Bureau of Economic Analysis).
The Freight Plan is an important product that ties together findings from a series of significant regional studies and projects over the past decade. It is expected that the Freight Plan will guide project partners and stakeholders (public and private) in the development of a staged, priority-driven technical process to address future regional freight (primarily truck and rail) processes, policies and investments.
The key objectives of the Freight Plan will be to:
Freight mobility is an important aspect of the area’s transportation system performance and a major driving force for the Appalachian region’s economy. The movement of freight not only impacts the region’s economy, it supplies you with your needed, everyday goods such as toilet paper, clothing and groceries.