About Us

Launched more than four decades ago by visionary state leaders, the earliest missions of South Carolina’s Councils of Governments focused on regional planning, keeping track of all types of statistical information, obtaining and administering grants and supporting regional economic development.

Today, Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments and its sister organizations throughout the state still do those things -- and so much more.

Thanks to local initiatives and statewide cooperation, we are taking better care of our elderly, training our workforce, improving transportation, making loans to growing businesses, expanding basic infrastructure, enhancing the environment and responding to unique regional challenges as new conditions and trends develop.

In more than forty years of operation, Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments has forged fruitful local, regional and national partnerships that have produced beneficial and lasting results for our six-county region.

Over the years, our commitment to partnership has led to unprecedented cooperation among local governments, enduring relationships with key federal, state and local agencies, increased effectiveness of numerous community-based organizations and job-producing connections with the private sector.

Despite the long-term positive impacts of these alliances, Pee Dee Regional COG remains first and foremost a partnership of local governments and the people they serve.

The Council accomplishes its primary mission by:

  • Making professional staff specialists available to units of government on an as-needed basis to provide services to citizens and/or to plan and implement public projects. Such specialists include city and county planners, engineers, workforce specialists, public administration specialists, community development project managers, computer graphic specialists, and economic development planners. These are professionals that not all local governments have on staff;
  • Providing appropriate assistance to local governments in developing and managing various projects or programs determined by the local governments to be essential public purposes;
  • Assisting local governments to build their own capacity in these areas of service;
  • Fostering cooperation among local governments and service providers in solving area-wide problems on a regional or multi-jurisdictional basis;
  • Maintaining appropriate and conveniently located offices to serve the six-county area including a conference center available for use by all local governments and their public service partners;
  • Providing support services such as computer graphics, surveying and other means of meeting the needs of communities;
  • Maintaining effective communications with local governments, business, industry and others in the Region;
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with various state and Federal agencies;
  • Maintaining advisory committees necessary to obtain public and private sector input on the provision of services in the region.