Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ vision is to be a nationally recognized, comprehensive resource that facilitates regional solutions through innovative and cooperative partnerships. Every day, our employees, Board of Directors and partners work to make this vision a reality.
LSCOG has received 17 Innovation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). These awards have been given to every department at LSCOG, from Workforce Development to Human Services to Planning, Community & Economic Development. View more information about our awards here.
Employees of the COG and our Board of Directors also make an effort to maintain relationships with national partners. Throughout the year, they attend conferences and training sessions to network with other regional development organizations and legislatures.
Since inception, the COG has expanded from a single service to numerous departments. Each department helps ensure that we are an all-inclusive source of assistance for local governments. We help develop, write and administer grants; provide research and data for planning and decision-making; coordinate the region’s workforce development programs; maintain the Aging, Disability & Transportation Resource Center; and promote tourism through Thoroughbred Country. Learn more about all of our departments and programs here.
We strive to make the Lower Savannah Region as a whole a better place to live, work and play. Every day, we seek out ways to improve the quality of life for residents in the region – from securing funding to upgrade infrastructure, to helping aging residents with Medicare. Our staff pursues services and programs that will be beneficial across the region.
Our partners help us administer and fund many COG programs. We work closely with other nonprofits, like the United Way of Aiken County and the Savannah River Site Retiree Association, as well as partner with local businesses.
Workforce Development has an ongoing partnership with school districts in the region for the Summer Jump Start program, an opportunity for rising high school seniors to gain work experience. The WD department also partners with local businesses for hiring events and apprenticeships. Our Aging, Disability and Transportation Resource Center partners with the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging to assess the needs of our region's aging population.