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S-48 (Columbia Avenue) Widening Project

The Columbia Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization (COATS MPO), in partnership with Lexington County, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, is proposing improvements to the S-48 (Columbia Avenue) Corridor between I-26 and US Hwy 76 (Chapin Road) in Lexington County, South Carolina. The primary purpose of the... Read More

Draft 2015 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

The State of South Carolina has prepared a draft of its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, or CAPER, for Program Year 2015. The CAPER covers the State's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs for the period April 1, 2015 through March 31,... Read More

Kershaw County West Wateree Transportation Study

Kershaw County and the Central Midlands Council of Governments have initiated a plan to focus on identifying the right balance between growth, transportation needs, and the community’s desires for the future. The West Wateree Transportation Study is considering mobility, safety, convenience, and comfort for all modes of transportation coupled with the impact to adjoining land uses and the... Read More

Project Lifesaver is Expanding to the Central Midlands Region

The program has been offered by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department since 2007, and will now be available through the sheriff’s departments in Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield Counties. The motto of Project Lifesaver is “Bringing Loved Ones Home”.  Its mission is to provide timely response to save lives and to reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander away... Read More

2015 County and Metro Area Population Estimates

Background Information   Blog Entry: Growth or Decline: Understanding How Populations Change   Population Estimates site   State Data Center media contacts   FSCPE contacts Detailed tables 2015 County Totals 2015 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Totals 2015 Puerto Rico Municipios Totals Table 1: The 20... Read More

Columbia, SC Metropolitan Area Situation & Outlook Report

Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area (CBSA 17900) Geographic-Demographic-Economic Characteristics -- access other metros - See more at:... Read More

FEMA Disaster Assistance

FEMA Disaster Assistance To register for FEMA disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA FREE or visit www.disasterassistance.gov. ======================================================================================= FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (Updated Locations) A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility where applicants may go for information... Read More

FEMA Fact Sheets

The following is a list of fact sheets from FEMA's Office of Response and Recovery:  Crisis Counseling Assistance & Training Program Fact Sheet Disaster Case Management Fact Sheet Disaster Funeral Assistance Fact Sheet Disaster Legal Services Fact Sheet Disaster Unemployment Assistance Fact Sheet Emergency Food and Shelter Program Fact Sheet Generator... Read More

SC Emergency Management Division

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division leads the state emergency management program to minimize the loss of life and property from all-hazard events. Visit SC Emergency Management Division for assistance with South Carolina disaster... Read More

Final — COATS Congestion Management Plan

COATS MPO has developed a Congestion Management Plan (CMP) to meet the unique needs of the Columbia metropolitan area. The CMP includes an ongoing method to provide information on the performance of  the transportation system and on alternative strategies to manage congestion and enhance mobility and safety. The CMP uses an objectives‐driven, performance‐based approach to  managing... Read More

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