Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development program at Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments concentrates its concerns on the continued economic progress of Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry counties. Regional activities are closely associated with Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs designed to create employment opportunities by encouraging private enterprise to locate and expand businesses in economically distressed areas. The Council assists local governments and other groups in developing  proposals and obtaining EDA grants and loans.

Investment Programs

Public Works
Public Works program empowers distressed communities to revitalize, expand and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies and generate or retain long-term private sector jobs and investment.

Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
The Economic Adjustment Program assists state and local interests to design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to an economy. The program focuses on areas that have experienced or are under threat of serious structural damage to the underlying economic base.

Research and National Technical Assistance
The Research and National Technical Assistance program supports research of leading edge, world class economic development practices as well as funds information dissemination efforts.

Local Technical Assistance
The Local Technical Assistance program helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and non-profit sectors in distressed areas from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues.

Partnership Planning
EDA’s Partnership Planning programs help support local organizations (Economic Development Districts, Native American tribes, and other eligible areas) with their long-term planning efforts and their outreach to the economic development community on EDA’s programs and policies.

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Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments is an agency that offers regional programming and governmental services in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties of northeastern South Carolina. Created by the state legislature in the late 1960’s, its mission is to support local governments in the region and develop effective partnerships that foster efficient transportation systems, economic and workforce development and allow the region’s seniors to age in place.


1230 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

Phone: (843) 546-8502


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