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S-LCOG seeks public comment on new econ dev strategy

Posted: August 3, 2017 4:49 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is currently seeking public comment on the region’s new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is a national program sponsored by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and is designed to bring together the public and private sectors to create and implement an economic road map to strengthen the region’s economy.

Integrated economic development planning through the CEDS provides the ability to maximize economic opportunity by fully utilizing the region's unique competitive advantages.

CEDS is an ongoing economic development planning process with broad-based and diverse public and private sector participation, and sets forth goals and objectives to meet the economic development needs of the region. The Santee-Lynches CEDS outlines an approach to regional growth and prosperity that builds on the region’s strengths, emphasizes key industry clusters, and identifies key economic development projects. The region includes Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties.

“The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is a valuable planning tool, and will guide our efforts to improve our region’s economy during the next five years. We encourage residents to provide input and feedback to ensure that our region continues to prosper,” Lee County Council Chairman Travis Windham, who is currently serving as chairman of the Santee-Lynches Board of Directors, said.

The public comment period will remain open through Friday, Sept. 15. The draft CEDS document may be viewed:

• online at www.santeelynchescog.org/economic-development; or

• in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Santee-Lynches office, 2525 Corporate Way, Sumter, SC, 29154; or at the region’s SC Works Centers (31 E. Calhoun St., Sumter, or 1111 Broad St., Camden).

Comments may be submitted online at www.santeelynchescog.org/economic-development, by email to MHeishman@slcog.org, by phone ((803)774-1311) or by completing a public comment form in person at the Santee-Lynches office in Sumter or SC Works centers in Sumter or Camden.

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