Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments release Winter Newsletter

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  • WRCOG receives National Award
  • New plan will make county better prepared for disasters
  • Welcome our new Board Members
  • 2017 Directory showcases senior artists
  • Elementary school makes donation to seniors
  • SCARC celebrates 50 years
  • and a Workforce success story

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12/12/2016 WRCOG Board of Director’s Agenda

The Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Board of Director’s meeting will be on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the council’s conference room at 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

Click here to view: agenda12-12-2016



WRCOG Receives NADO Innovation Award


WASHINGTON, DC – Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments based in Georgetown, SC has received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Waccamaw Sports Classic.

The Waccamaw Sports Classic is a local, quality sports “competition” for active seniors from 50 to 100+ years. It is an annual event that has been taking place in the Waccamaw Region for nine years. The local “games” feed into state and national senior games. The games are sanctioned by the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic and National Senior Games Association. Winners from the Classic are eligible to compete in the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic.

Modeled after the Olympics Games, the Classic enables seniors to come together and compete in sanctioned athletic events including: track and field; horse shoes; spin casting; pickle ball; corn hole and much more. Other activities are offered for our less athletic seniors so everyone can enjoy the day. The students of Coastal Carolina University earn academic credits for their role in planning, and implementing, the games each year. Students also offer educational health seminars to WSC athletes throughout the day.

The event is for seniors from Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties. The day-long Classic includes friendly sporting competitions, educational sessions, and social events. This year’s event stretched into two days of competition to accommodate our pickle ball tournament which included many seniors from leagues throughout our region.

In addition to the benefits for seniors, the implementation of a Sports Classic Program, strengthens the region’s senior programming for older adults. Community service groups, volunteers and sponsoring organizations/corporations work together and actively promote, healthy aging.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.

Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held October 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas.   The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states.  These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners.  The Story Map is available online at:  https://www.nado.org/innovation-awards/.

“Since 1986 through its Innovation Awards program, NADO has recognized the transformative work regional development organizations perform every day.  Award-winning projects showcase best practices across the country in regional development that support prosperous communities, stronger local economies, and improved quality of life for residents,” said 2015-2016 NADO Board President Jeffrey Kiely, Executive Director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, located in Gallup, New Mexico.

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Justin Blomdahl at 843-436-6123.


Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.



Save the dates: You’re Invited to GSATS 2040 MTP Public Hearings

GSATS is gearing up for our 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) update better know as the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). GSATS along with CDM Smith are hosting a series of public meetings on November 16th and 17th and would love for our committee members to be in attendance.   Each meeting will be in the format of a drop-in, open house style, allowing stakeholders and participants to come and go at their leisure and convenience.

Also, prior to the meeting we would like for our committee members to explore and participate with the interactive WikiMap.  WikiMap is an internet-based interactive mapping platform specifically tailored to the GSATS study area. WikiMap allows our committee members and public to address their concerns and desires with the regards to region’s transportation needs. The WikiMap can be accessed from home, work, or anywhere internet access is available via: www.tinyurl.com/GSATSwikimap 

In this first round of public meetings, four meetings will be held. All meetings are the same and are not restricted to a specific area. Please choose a meeting day and time that meets your schedule. Additional meetings will be held throughout the planning process.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Shallotte Town Hall

110 Cheers Street

Shallotte, NC 28470



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

North Myrtle Beach City Hall

1018 2nd Avenue South

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582



Thursday, November 17, 2016

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Murrells Inlet Community Center

4462 Murrells Inlet Road

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


Thursday, November 17, 2016

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Carolina Forest Recreation Center

Horry County Parks and Recreation

2254 Carolina Forest Boulevard

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

If you are unable to attend a meeting or participate online via the project WikiMap, you may send written comments to Mark Hoeweler at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Goverments, 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440. For more information or for special needs requests (48 hours), please contact Mark Hoeweler at (843) 436-6130 or email: mhoeweler@wrcog.org or Edward Starks at (843)-436-6136 or email: estarks@wrcog.org .


11/14/2016 WRCOG Board of Director’s Agenda

The Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Board of Director’s meeting will be on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the council’s conference room at 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

Click here to view: agenda11-14-2016

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