OUR HISTORY

 
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1971

Governor West signed an agreement to establish the Santee-Wateree Regional Planning Commission. Jim Darby is hired as the first Executive Director.

1971

The first office was located on the second floor of the Sumter County Courthouse. The COG occupied only one room with two desks and a phone.

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1972

The COG moved to the CP&L building on Calhoun Street in Sumter.

1973

Bill Millet replaced Jim Darby as Executive Director. 

 

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1974

Ben Griffith is hired as Executive Director. Staff moved its office to North Harvin Street in Sumter.

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1982

Randy Adams replaced Ben Griffith as Executive Director.

1986

Bob Strother became the Interim Executive Director.

1987

Jim Darby returned as Executive Director.

1988

Santee-Wateree Regional Planning Commission obtained a Certification of Incorporation to become Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments.

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1994

The COG divided its office space between the North Harvin Street office and a location of South Harvin and Liberty Street in Sumter.

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1999

The COG purchased, renovated, and relocated to the Osteen Davis Building on the corner of Liberty and Sumter Streets in Sumter. 

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2013

Dr. Michael Mikota replaced Jim Darby, the longest-serving Executive Director.

2014

The COG experienced a fire at the Liberty Street office. Some data, materials, and historical documents were lost.

Due to the fire, the COG staff temporarily split and moved to the SC Works Building on Calhoun Street and the Santee Wateree RTA office on Harvin Street.

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2015

The COG headquarters moved to the 15 South Industrial Park in Sumter. Some staff continue to operate from the SC Works Building.

2016

The Board of Directors approved the construction of a new facility on Main Street in Sumter. 

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2017

The Board of Directors hired Christopher McKinney as their Executive Director.

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