Monday, August 29, 2016
Official Website for Oconee County

Oconee County Council

New workforce development program set to launch in Oconee County
NOW Program will give 30 selected Oconee County students distinct advantage

The Oconee Economic Alliance and the School District of Oconee County are pleased to announce the creation of a new and exclusive initiative, Oconee County’s NOW Program. NOW, Nurturing Oconee’s Workforce, is a unique program that will prepare selected Oconee students for tomorrow’s jobs, as well as give Oconee County a competitive economic development edge.

The program was created to ensure students enter the workforce ready and marketable to employers. Participation in the program will also provide students an employment advantage over their classmates.

“The NOW Program is unique to Oconee County and was created as a collaboration between the school district and the Oconee Economic Alliance,” said Richard Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance. “Local industries need well-prepared employees and Oconee County graduates need access to good employment opportunities. This program is a win-win for all parties involved.”

The NOW Program will begin this fall with 30 juniors- 10 students from each high school in the county. Participants will attend monthly off-campus meetings that address advanced employment skills. They will also be provided opportunities for industry exposure and networking, sometimes one-on-one, with Oconee County’s top manufacturing employers.

“Our goal as a district is to partner with families to develop responsible, productive citizens. We are excited about the NOW Program because it will provide opportunities for our students toward that goal,” said Michael Thorsland, Superintendent of the School District of Oconee County. “We look forward to working with the Oconee Economic Alliance and local industries to develop and expand this unique program. We are proud of the collaborative efforts in this area that allow us to work together to create solutions to solve the big problems our students and industries face.”

NOW Program participants will be selected in September and the kick-off event will take place in early October. To apply for the NOW Program, please visit

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Destination Oconee: Realizing the Future of Oconee County

Click here to view the full plan.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Road Improvements for South Carolina Department of Transportation for Oconee County

SC File No. 3986030

 Ashmore Brothers, a division of Rogers Group Inc. will be performing road improvements for the South Carolina Department of Transportation, Oconee County Construction Office.  Work is scheduled to begin on or after March 1, 2016.  Completion of the work is anticipated to be on or before November 30, 2016.   

Specific questions regarding this project can be answered thru South Carolina Department of Transportation – Oconee County Construction Office at (864) 879-7311

Roads that will fall under the improvements are:

 Road #: S-488, Wells Hwy, from (S-37-701) Stephens Rd to (US 76) Clemson Blvd

Road #: SC 24, West Oak Hwy, From:(SC 59) Tokeena Rd to Anderson County Line

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Oconee Economic Alliance announces “Made In Oconee” campaign

“Made In Oconee” is a coordinated marketing initiative established by the Oconee Economic Alliance to enrich the relationship between local manufacturers and the school district of Oconee County. This multi-tiered campaign highlights the products made in Oconee County and the people who make them.

The first phase of the “Made In Oconee” campaign is primarily focused on gauging the general perception of manufacturing in local students and working to change it. Students from across the county were asked an array of questions in order to gain a real perspective on young people’s sentiments surrounding manufacturing. The responses were varied, enlightening and will play an important role in how future conversations are shaped. 

The Oconee Economic Alliance wanted to know what students in Oconee County really thought about manufacturing so we decided to go straight to the source. We talked to six different students from across the school district and what they said might surprise you.

Click here to watch the video:

Click here to watch newest video:

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Oconee County Council is seeking interested citizens

wishing to serve on council appointed Boards or Commissions. 

Questionnaires are required for all interested applicants. 


or one may be obtained at the County offices or from the Clerk to Council

[ or 864-718-1023].  


              Click here to view requirements for the Agricultural Advisory Board


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Council Meetings are held on the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. [excluding July and August which will meet only on the third Tuesday of the month] in the County Council Chambers located at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, S.C. [unless otherwise advertised].

           At each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be a Public Comment Session [beginning at 6:00 p.m.] which is limited to a maximum of forty (40) minutes with four (4) minutes allocated per person.  If you wish to speak during the Public Comment Session you may do so by placing your name on the sign up sheet in Council Chambers prior to the meeting.    

          In addition, at each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be held an Extended Public Comment Session which is limited to two citizens, five (5) minutes allocated per person.  Comments do not have to be related to a specific agenda item.  The time may not be used to promote or criticize a political candidate or figure.  Interested individuals should contact the Council Clerk [718-1023 or] to sign up for these time slots which will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Please be advised that only one meeting will be scheduled at a time.  Council may make closing comments directly following the public and extended public comment session if time permits.

          Everyone speaking before Council should do so in a civil manner. Council will not tolerate personal attacks on individual council members, county staff or any person or group. Racial slurs will not be permitted. All citizens addressing Council and all Boards and Commission appointed by Council should do so at the appropriate time as noted on their agendas and in an appropriate manner.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 South Carolina Association of Counties

Friday Report

Click Here to view the current and past Friday Reports prepared weekly by the Association regarding pending issues before the state legislature.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For the second year in a row

Oconee County is featured in National Geographic 

this time in the magazine's Traveller UK series. 

To read the full article, visit 

National Geographic

50 of the World's Last Great Places

Destination of a Lifetime

This special publication by the National Geographic features as their #9 choice "Jocassee Gorges - An Intense Concentration of Waterfalls".  The article centers on North & South Carolina and also features two pages showing the beautiful and rare Oconee Bell.  

CLICK HERE to read the article and see the beautiful photographs!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


HomeDepartmentsCouncilCouncil Appointed Boards, Committees & CommissionsCalendarCode of OrdinancesFinancial TransparencyOnline ServicesJob OpportunitiesVisitorsContactAbout
     CMS Management and Original Design by Net Doctors