Press Releases


Written by admin on 23rd March 2023 News, Press Releases

Midlands Technical College – Harbison Campus (in person) 7300 College Street, Irmo, SC 29063 Continuing Education Center, Room 113 and Zoom Meeting (Virtual) Meeting ID: 827 1696 4682     Passcode: 070340   Dial-In Number (929) 205-6099      DATE:         March 23, 2023  TO:              CMCOG Board of Directors FROM:        Foster Senn, CMCOG Board Chair SUBJECT:  CMCOG Board Meeting – March 30, 2023 at 12:00 P.M.   Please be advised that the next meeting of the Central Midlands Council of Governments Board of Directors will be held on Thursday,...

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Written by admin on 11th March 2023 News, Press Releases

The Central Midlands Council of Governments, Area Agency Aging Area Plan outlines the actions that will take place over the next two years, 2023-2025. The Area Plan is designed to report the status of older adults in the areas of service, the structure of the AAA’s priorities based on the results of the needs assessment, and to set the aging agenda for proper planning in specific service areas to improve the aging experience in the home and community....

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FY 2023 COATS MPO Transportation Alternatives Program – Call for Projects

Written by admin on 16th February 2023 News, Press Releases

Memorandum   TO:                  All Managers, Administrators, and Interested Parties   FROM:            Reginald E. Simmons, Deputy Executive Director/Transportation Director   DATE:             February 16, 2023   RE:                  FY 2023 COATS MPO Transportation Alternatives Program – Call for Projects     Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) is pleased to announce a call for project submissions for the FY 2023 Transportation Alternatives Program.  This guide summarizes the program and outlines the project submission process.  CMCOG strongly encourages applicants to be familiar with all materials in the information guide and to contact the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Local Program Administration Office or the CMCOG staff for assistance in completing the application. ...

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Silver Haired Legislature Candidate Filing Form

Written by admin on 10th February 2023 News, Press Releases

March 6, 2023   Dear Candidate for Silver Haired Legislature:   The Central Midlands Caucus of the Silver Haired Legislature met on March 6, 2023 and set the following candidate filing procedures: Candidates will return filing form to Sondra Berger, Central Midlands Caucus Secretary, by email ( or mailing address (4270 Shorebrook Drive, Columbia, SC 29206) by Monday, April 5, 2023. All eligible candidates will meet as a group for formal election as Representatives on May 8,...

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2022-2027 – Final Central Midlands Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Document

Written by admin on 30th January 2023 News, Press Releases

The Central Midlands 2022-2027 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has been completed.  The CEDS document is the culmination of a strategic planning process to develop a five year vision and policy framework for strengthening our regional economy. The information contained in the document may be used for future planning, funding applications, and project development.  This regional planning process is required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in order to qualify for assistance under EDA program and funding opportunities....

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$1.5 Billion Available through 2023 RAISE Grant Program – Now Accepting Applications

Written by admin on 20th December 2022 Press Releases

  $1.5 Billion Available through the 2023 RAISE Grant Program, Now Accepting Applications!   The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2023. The program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact. RAISE discretionary grants help project sponsors at the State and local levels,...

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Public input requested on bike share expansion in Columbia

Written by admin on 23rd November 2022 News, Press Releases

Please see the links below for providing input on bike riding in the Columbia area. Input can be provided through an interactive online survey and map, and comments provided will help shape the development of the expansion study. The study is part of a collaboration with the Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) and the City of Columbia, The Comet, City of Cayce, City of West Columbia, Town of Springdale, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation....

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Congaree Biosphere Region

Written by admin on 2nd November 2022 News, Press Releases

The Congaree Biosphere Region (CBR) is a voluntary, collaborative partnership framework in Lower Richland County, South Carolina. Natural resources in the CBR include the globally significant, old-growth bottomland hardwood forest tracts at Congaree National Park. This area is a hub for diverse social economic activity including agriculture, forestry, industry, military installations, outdoor recreation and tourism, heritage tourism, local business, and private property uses. Opportunities abound here for organizations and residents to work together to sustainably develop and use resources while celebrating local cultural heritage and identity....

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Written by admin on 21st February 2023 News, Press Releases

Professional Services Contract   Awarded Project(s)   Central Midlands Council of Governments   AWARD NOTICE   Contract Number:  Riverbanks Land Use and Transportation Plan – CMCOG RFP FY 2023 – 04 Full Award Amount:  To be negotiated Number of Contracts Awarded:  1 Award To:                                  Prime Provider:   Toole Design Group, LLC                          Subprovider:               Planners for Environmental Quality, Inc.                          Subprovider:               BAE Urban Economics   Short Listed Firms in Alphabetic Order Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc. SRF Consulting Group   In accordance with the Central Midlands Council of Government Contract Appeals Procedure,...

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EDA 2022 Annual Performance Report

Written by admin on 21st October 2022 News, Press Releases

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a regional economic development planning process supported by the US Economic Development Administration (EDA).  EDA guidelines for developing the CEDS require a summary background of the economic conditions of the region.  The summary background includes a detailed inventory and analysis of community and economic development indicators.  CMCOG updates this data on an annual basis.  The 2022 summary background information will be incorporated into the 2022-2027 CEDS five-year update which will be presented to the board in December....

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Training and Education Opportunity from The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Written by admin on 11th October 2022 News, Press Releases

If you are currently working in a long-term care facility and would like to participate in this virtual training opportunity, we would encourage you to do so.  This abuse, neglect and exploitation test requires you to become familiar with the South Carolina Omnibus Adult Protection Act.  This law explains the definition of abuse, neglect and exploitation as well as explain mandated reporting.  We encourage you to become familiar with this law, the mandates and penalties.  Thank you for your interest....

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Attention: The Central Midlands SHIP and SMP (State Insurance and Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol) is currently recruiting persons to become trained SHIP/SMP volunteers

Written by admin on 1st April 2022 News, Press Releases

The Central Midlands SHIP and SMP (State Insurance and Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol) is currently recruiting persons to become trained SHIP/SMP volunteers, to provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, especially during Medicare Open Enrollment Period October 15- December 7. SHIP is an insurance counseling and assistance program for Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. Trained volunteers serve many roles. From providing one-on-one counseling on Medicare and Medicare Fraud issues to participating in health fairs, conducting presentations,...

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Do you have time to Volunteer? Become a Central Midlands Volunteer Ombudsman

Written by admin on 3rd March 2022 News, Press Releases

  Are you interested in learning more about the Central Midlands Ombudsman program? We have a great opportunity for you to learn more and become a volunteer ombudsman. Please click on the following link to register for upcoming training we will provide to you, available in person or online virtually:  Ombudsman Volunteer Registration Form   All important Dates:   March 15th  (Part I) and March 29th (Part II)                  April 12th  (Part I) and April 19th (Part II) May 10th (Part I) and May 25th (Part II)      June 15th (Part I) and June 30th (Part II)   Volunteer Appreciation Week is the April 17th – April 23rd – Our Annual Appreciation Event will be on April 20,...

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