Continuing Education Webinar: A Dozen Tools for Accelerating Local Sustainability Leadership

The following 1.5 hour webinar session qualifies for Continuing Education credits which are required annually of elected officials, board and commission members and employees involved in planning and zoning matters that have already completed the mandatory orientation training.

Meet our newest Principal Planner: Sharon Hollis

Sharon Hollis recently joined the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) as a Principal Planner. She comes to us from the private sector, where she worked on transit planning projects for clients nationwide – most recently having worked with the BCDCOG on the i26Alt BRT Project.

Welcome our newest Employee!

Jason Payne Jason Payne recently joined the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) as a staff accountant. Jason grew up in Fayette County, Georgia and graduated from the Georgia State University with a B.B.A. in Business Management. Jason knew he wanted to work with finance because among his favorite classes were courses such as accounting, finance, … Continue reading Welcome our newest Employee!

Public Input Sought for Walk + Bike BCD

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) is hosting four public meetings to gather input for Walk + Bike BCD, the regional pedestrian and bicycle master plan. The meetings will be an open house format allowing interested citizens to drop-in at any time between 3pm and 8pm. All residents of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region are invited to learn about proposed roadway and trail improvements and recommended new programs and policies for active transportation. Residents are encouraged to use this one-on-one time with the project team to share their vision for walking and bicycling in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Click the link to get more information on this wonderful plan as well as times and dates for the upcoming meetings.

BCD Tri-County Glass Recovery Grant

  Jeff Hajek (seen above in front of a local recycling center) is our newest employee, recently having started with the BCDCOG as a Regional Planner. Among his projects that he is working on a grant called the, "BCD Tri-County Glass Recovery Grant". The purpose of the BCD Glass Recovery Project is to advance awareness of … Continue reading BCD Tri-County Glass Recovery Grant

SAVE THE DATES: Planning and Zoning Orientation and Training for Public Officials and Employees

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) will facilitate the following orientations and continuing education training sessions for planning officials and employees in January and March. Click the link below for more information on these training and orientation opportunities.

I-26ALT RELEASING TRANSIT ALTERNATIVE RECOMMENDATION AT PUBLIC MEETINGS THIS WEEK

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) is holding three public meetings next week to reveal its recommendation for the region’s first fixed guideway transit system proposal and to review findings of the I-26ALT study (www.i26alt.org) which lead to this recommendation. For more information about the plan and the three meetings being held this coming week please follow the link.

SC WORKS: THE EDUCATION 2 EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM YOUTH GRANT

The Education 2 Employment Youth Grant is part of a $22 million dollar youth demonstration grant that was distributed between seven urban areas nationwide who demonstrated a high unemployment rate among youths between the ages of 16-29, the grant began on July 1, 2015 and will end June 30, 2016. On September 23, 2015 the first of two community based learning centers for the Education 2 Employment program opened at 1914 Reynolds Avenue in North Charleston with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony led by the Mayor of North Charleston...for more please follow the link.

THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER TO IDENTIFY A TRANSIT SOLUTION FOR THE I-26 CORRIDOR

Recognizing the need for transit alternatives along the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) initiated the I-26 Regional Fixed Guideway Transit Alternatives Analysis study (I-26ALT). The purpose of I-26ALT is to enhance regional mobility with transit along the I-26 Corridor connecting Summerville, North Charleston, and Charleston. There will be three public meetings in September, go to the full article for more information.

RETHINK FOLLY ROAD COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE – AUGUST 26th

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) invites community members to attend an Open House to continue the conversation about the future of the Folly Road corridor, extending from the Wappoo Cut Bridge on James Island to Center Street on Folly Beach. To find out about time, date and location follow the link and read our latest post.

2016-2020 SC CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS

Recently, the SC Department of Commerce (SCDOC), with the help of South Carolinas’ ten regional Councils of Government, sponsored a series of focus group meetings in order to discuss local communities economic and development needs and priorities. The information gathered is meant to help in the development of the State’s Community and Economic Development sections of the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community development. Click the link to read more about the Plan and the results of the Focus Group meetings with Dorchester and Berkeley County

SOUTH CAROLINA RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY GRANTS

The SC General Assembly created the Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) to help build the capacity of rural communities to compete for jobs and investment as well as to provide environmental facilities that protect public health and meet quality standards. To achieve this purpose, the RIA offers competitive grants and other financial assistance to support qualified rural infrastructure projects in areas that are most in need.

BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM

What is a Brownfield? A brownfield site is property that was once used for commercial or industrial purposes and is now targeted for redevelopment. Brownfields sites can be abandoned factories, gas stations, oil storage facilities, and other businesses that used polluting substances. Such sites must be cleaned up and determined to be safe from any contamination … Continue reading BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM

INPUT NEEDED FOR CHARLESTON COUNTIES PEOPLE TO PARKS PLAN

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) teamed up with representatives from the Town of Mount Pleasant, the City of North Charleston, the City of Charleston, Charleston Moves, Charleston County, and Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments to put the finishing touches on the Charleston County People to Parks Plan (P2P).

SC CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN & SURVEY

This Plan affects many communities and organizations across the State, and input from state and regional agencies, organizations, and local governments is vital to identifying needs and allocating resources. For this reason, we are asking individuals such as yourself to complete a brief online survey regarding community development and homeless needs. This will be used in planning for related aspects of the larger Consolidated Plan. Please note that you may also receive housing-related surveys from the State Housing Authority as they do their own needs assessment for the housing sections of the Plan.

First Public Meeting for the Blue Trail Project Tonight!

Come by and find out more about the Blue Trail Project or to let us know what you are looking for the project to include, as well as any concerns you might have on local habitats. These public meetings are an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the community' s knowledge and opinions concerning local blueways and greenways as well as raise the public awareness of the Blue Trail Project.

Revolving Loan Fund Spotlight: Screen Door Restaurant

Screen Door, LLC is a new casual-theme, family-style restaurant experience along Folly Road which offers old and new American style food and works to create a festive ambiance for customers. The owner of Screen Door came to the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government (BCDCOG) looking for gap financing through the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program at the beginning of the year and was recently awarded the financing needed to help get their business moving forward. In order to apply for the loan Screen Door, LLC needed to provide information for what they hoped to provide for the community, how their business could help the local economy, their other sources of funding as well as capital contributions and plans in case of future expansion. All information needed to be presented to the BCDCOG, who is the local funding source for the RLF, so that they could make their decision.

SC Community Loan Fund Hosts 3rd Annual Tri-County Housing Summit

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) staff attended the third annual Tri-County Housing Summit on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Housing Summit was hosted by the South Carolina Community Loan Fund to discuss why housing matters to the long-term economic viability of the region. The event was held at the Trident Technical College Complex for Industrial and Economic Development.

BERKELEY-CHARLESTON-DORCHESTER BLUE TRAIL PROJECT

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) was awarded a grant to partner with the Department of Interior’s National Park Service to lead the formation of a BCD Regional Blueways Coalition. This coalition of stakeholders and citizens will develop a plan to attract a variety of users to the regional waterways/blueways and related outdoor recreational opportunities. This project was supplemented by a grant from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium to the College of Charleston for assistance with mapping, data collection and public input.

Export Seminar Series – India and Australia

Take part in an interactive market briefing from the U.S. Commercial Service in India and Australia on current market opportunities, along with an overview of the benefits and challenges of exporting to these markets. Following the briefing, participants will hear from experienced exporters to the region.

Rethink Folly Road: A Complete Streets Study

From May 7-13, a team of sustainable planning, transportation, urban design, economics, and green infrastructure experts will be working with the community to develop a plan for the future of the Folly Road corridor, from Center Street on Folly Beach to the Wappoo Cut Bridge. The Design Charrette will kick off with an interactive, public hands-on design workshop, where participants will discuss and draw ideas. The design team will then set up a studio in the corridor where they will work rapidly to synthesize input, draw ideas and create a draft vision and plan.

Groundwater Management Plan Stakeholder Meeting Feb. 23

Come On Down! You're invited to attend a meeting with DHEC to discuss the development of a groundwater management plan for the Trident designated capacity use area. Why? Because Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are currently designated a groundwater capacity use area that requires a DHEC permit to withdraw and use groundwater. So there's going … Continue reading Groundwater Management Plan Stakeholder Meeting Feb. 23