Appalachian Council of Governments
Providing quality services to local governments since 1965
Information and Services
A History of Service to Local Governments . . .
The Council of Governments has been working for the local governments and the
Appalachian South Carolina since 1965. The organization began as the Appalachian
Commission, a 12-member board created to advise the Governor on the use of
Regional Commission funds.
As the benefits of regional cooperation became more apparent, the organization was
during the late 1960's planning and additional grants programs were added to its
name was changed to the Appalachian Regional Planning and Development
Commission. Then, in
a 1970 referendum, the voters of South Carolina authorized local governments to
join together to
form regional councils. In 1971, the counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville,
Pickens, and Spartanburg joined together and reorganized the Commission to form
Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments.
In the years since 1971, the Council has evolved into a multi-faceted service
organization for area
local governments. In addition to our economic development efforts, planning,
management and an intensive governmental technical assistance program now
play an equally
important part in providing valuable benefits to local governments vithin the
Over the years, the Council has played a vital role in the orderly growth and
Appalachian South Carolina, and in the strengthening of its member local
governments. We also
recognize that playing a central role in these efforts were the local government
leaders for whom
we work, and without whose support and cooperation, these accomplishments
would not have
Economic Development and Grant Services
The Appalachian Council of Governments promotes regional economic and
development by providing expert assistance to local governments and nonprofits in
public funds from a variety of sources. We often administer grant projects under
contract to assure
compliance with state and federal regulations. Some of the major kinds of projects
that we can
help with are:
- Water and Sewer Grants
- We can assist local governments in identifying and
securing funds to
build or improve facilities to serve new or expanding industry and to benefit the
- Housing Rehabilitation Grants
- We can assist local governments in securing funds
to rehabilitate substandard single family or multi-family housing units.
- Other Grants
- We can assist with applying for various grant and loan programs
offered by the
State of South Carolina and the U.S. Government for such things as community
recreation, fire protection, law enforcement, senior centers, medical clinics, etc.
Planning Services serves a dual function. Regional planning is a primary purpose
of councils of governments, as established in state enabling legislation.
Many challenges facing the region in the
areas of environmental preservation, economic development, land use,
transportation, and infrastructure/service provision, transcend traditional governmental boundaries.
It is the responsibility of the Planning staff to provide a forum for these issues to be addressed on a regional basis. In addition, the Planning staff provides a variety of other services to local governments.
We can assist in developing land use plans, zoning ordinances and similar policy documents.
We also work with communities on downtown development activities
educational programs for elected officials, planning commissions, and appeals
Appalachian Development Corporation
The Council established a revolving loan fund to assist small business growth
and job creation in our region.
We can make loans from $20,000 to $100,000 in cooperation with local
private lenders or government agencies.
All loans must be collateralized, and each business must have a
plan which clearly demonstrates its ability to repay the loan on time.
A minimum of 10% equity is required.
Area Agency on Aging
The Appalachian Council of Governments is the Area Agency on Aging for
the six-county region.
The overall goal of the Area Agency on Aging is to develop and promote an
aging network system that will enable older people to lead independent
lives in their homes, with dignity, for as long as possible.
The Area Agency on Aging's responsibilities, as determined under Title III of the
Act, are to plan and contract for services to meet the needs of citizens age 60 or older;
coordinate present aging services with other funded programs; to assist local
developing programs which would benefit senior adults, to undertake annual
planning activities to
obtain updated information; and, to serve as an advocate on behalf of the elderly.
Tlie annual Area
Plan on Aging is a formal document which identifies these needs and provides
receiving funds from the Older Americans Act.
Among the services the Area Agency on Aging subcontracts to local service
These services may vary from county to county and from year to year depending
upon the needs
identified and the availability of resources.
- Care Management and outreach
- Legal assistance
- Income support and material aid
- Minor home repair
- Homemaker services
- Telephone reassurance and friendly visiting
- In-home respite care
- Adult day care
- Congregate/home delivered meals
- Insurance counseling
- Wellness and prevention
- lnformation and referral
- Senior employment program
The Governmental Services staff provides diversified support to local governments.
Our office presents a nonprofit alternative to costly private consultants.
Local governments considering major projects owe it to themselves and
their taxpayers to consider these services.
Listed below are just a few of the services offered:
- Management Studies
- Internal management reviews, organizational and staffing studies, etc.
- Personnel Services
- Classification and compensation studies
- Wage and salary surveys
- Employee handbooks
- Policies and procedures manuals
- Employee evaluation procedures
- Microcomputer Services
- Systems Consulting
- Custom or generic programs
- Purchasing assistance
- Special projects
- Public Works/Solid Waste
- Garbage collection and recycling
- Landfill disposal/altemative methodologies
- Solid waste management and regulations
- Vehicle maintenance studies
- Management/Supervisory Training
- ICMA Effective Supervisory Practices
- Customer Relations
- CMP - Certificate in Management Series
- Total Quality Management
- General Government Services
- Business license and rate studies
- Paralegal research
- Home Rule issues
- Government administration
- Council & board retreats
- Freedom of Information
The Data Services staff maintains an extensive demographic and economic database
region's six counties and makes the information available to representatives of
business. In order to best serve the needs of our clients, we produce a variety of
Economic Profiles - Reports published annually for each county covering:
Economic Activity Reports - An inventory of major commercial and industrial
for each county published quarterly.
Multi-Family Housing Surveys - Annual publication for each county. Detailed
apartment and condominium properties:
- Demographic trends and forecasts
- Economic conditions
The Data Services staff also fields statistical requests and provides consultation in
response to questions concerning:
- Names, location, bedroom composition, square footage, rental rates, amenities, etc.
- Data availability and use
- Census data and documents
- Custom demographic profiles
- Site location assistance
Geographical Information System
The GIS staff maintains a Regional Geographic Information System Center.
As part of a statewide GIS data network with the S.C. Department of Commerce,
USC, and other state agencies, access is available to a wide range of
digital databases, including map layers of major road
systems, hydrography, water and sewer systems, industrial locations, and other
The 1990 Census TIGER files are also resident on the system.
The GIS staff provides GIS training, technical assistance, data distribution, and
mapping-related projects. A Regional Geographic Information System Committee
established which meets quarterly for the purpose of sharing information and
guiding GIS work.
To Contact the Appalachian Council of Governments
Send mail to:
Appalachian Council of Governments
50 Grand Avenue
PO Drawer 6668
Greenville, SC 29606
Or phone your county office:
ANDERSON -------- 225-3268 OCONEE -------- 882-7538
CHEROKEE -------- 489-6960 PICKENS ------- 855-0163
GREENVILLE ------ 242-9733 SPARTANBURG --- 582-1403
Or send email to Brenda Workman,
or to P. J. Goodwin,