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People you know. Healthcare you trust.

When you’re healthy, we’re happy. At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, the people we care for are more than our patients. They’re also our friends and neighbors. It’s the reason we work so hard to provide top-rated care in cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedic, radiology and women’s health — with a specialty team of compassionate physicians and nurses who are truly invested in the well-being of our patients and their families. At Aiken Regional, we recognize that by providing quality healthcare to our patients and support to our neighbors, we’re enriching the lives and future of our community. And when the community thrives, we all benefit.

Want to know more? People you know. you trust. Healthcare

Get to know the Family. Aiken Regional Just look inside.

Get a free brochure with our complete list of services, specialties and wellness programs. Call 803-641-5926 or visit www.aikenregional.com

302 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801 803-641-5000 Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the non-discrimination notice, visit our website. 172436


People you know. Healthcare you trust. Allergy Matthew T. Clark, MD 803-279-7666 Gregory H. Esselman, MD 803-649-0003 Anthony E. Harris, MD 803-648-7897 Cardiac Surgery Thomas P. Paxton, MD 803-641-4874 L. Dieter Voegele, MD 803-641-4874 Cardiology Ansermo L. Arthur, MD 803-641-4874 David W. Cundey, MD 803-641-4874 Gregory L. Eaves, MD 803-641-4874 Weems R. Pennington III, MD 803-641-4874 Idris S. Sharaf, MD 803-641-4874 Colon and Rectal Surgery David H. Gibbs, MD 803-648-1171 Edward J. Jakubs Jr., MD 803-648-1171 Virginia B. Winburn, MD 803-648-1171 Dermatology Richard S. Chesser, MD 803-641-0049 John R. Cook, MD 803-644-8900 Margaret H. Fitch, MD 803-649-3909 Endocrinology R. Bauer Vaughters III, MD 803-648-3130 Family Practice Adam Bruckner, DO 803-649-7266 Sumita Jain, MD 803-392-3724 Dean T. Koukos, DO 803-259-5762 Ann M. Kulik, MD 803-648-8804 Leopoldo M. Muniz, MD 803-642-3505 Henry S. Tam, MD 803-648-4224 F. Michael Vasovski 803-648-1464 Ray B. Vaughters Jr., MD 803-649-2501 David Zimmerman, MD 803-649-6941 Gastroenterology Ayaz Chaudhary, MD 803-226-0073 David S. Keisler Jr., MD 803-648-7888 Afsar M. Waraich, MD 803-226-9786

Hematology Sitki M. Ergul, MD 803-641-7850 T. Mark Meyer, MD 803-648-7888 Infectious Diseases Gerald Gordon, MD 803-649-5300 Internal Medicine William T. Besson III, MD 803-648-7888 Alyssa Degnan, DO 803-649-5300 Gerald Gordon, MD 803-649-5300 Asif Hashmi, MD 803-644-1027 David S. Keisler Jr., MD 803-648-7888 Thomas McCullough, MD 803-648-7888 T. Mark Meyer, MD 803-648-7888 Frank J. Mondschein, MD 803-649-5300 Ashley E. Toole, DO 803-649-5300 Danijela S. Zotovic, MD, Ph.D. 803-648-7888 Nephrology Sindhu Garg, MD 803-648-0718 Douglas A. Stahura, DO 803-648-0718 Neurology Melvyn L. Haas, MD 803-502-8400 Khaled F. Kamel, MD 803-502-8400 Michelle Lyon, MD 803-644-4264 Neurosurgery James D. Dillon, MD 803-502-8400 Nurse Practitioner Erin Beaudry, NP 803-649-5300 Kim Ellis, NP 803-641-5100 Kristy Haddock, FNP 803-648-7774 Elizabeth Kekacs, NP 803-641-5874 Jessica Luke, DNP 803-716-8712 Courtney McLendon, CPNP 803-508-7651 Robin Mitchell, NP 803-641-5100 Melanie Pniewski, CPNP 803-508-7651 Obstetrics/Gynecology Cindy G. Besson, MD 803-648-0803 James F. Boehner, MD 803-649-7535 Robert D. Boone, MD 803-649-7535

Tiffany Boyd, MD 803-380-7000 Seema Faiyaz, MD 803-716-9428 Judith L.B. Hoover, MD 803-649-7746 Oletha R. Minto, MD 803-649-7535 Maria Rodriguez, MD 803-380-7000 Gloria Rouhani, MD 803-649-7535 Margot Wacks, DO 803-716-9428 Oncology Sitki M. Ergul, MD 803-641-7850 Ahmad N. Gill, MD 803-641-7850 T. Mark Meyer, MD 803-648-7888 Ophthalmology Kishan Govind, MD 803-642-6060 R. Lee Grantham, MD 803-642-1000 Nini S. Patheja, MD 803-642-6060 Daniel J. Smith, MD 803-642-6060 Orthopedic Surgery Ty W. Carter, MD 803-644-4264 Douglas E. Holford, MD 803-644-4264 R. Vaughan Massie, MD 803-644-4264 Clark D. Moore, MD 803-335-2281 E. Louis Peak, MD 803-644-4264 Timothy J. Shannon, MD 803-644-4264 Otolaryngology Gregory H. Esselman, MD 803-649-0003 Anthony E. Harris, MD 803-648-7897 Patrick G. McMenamin, MD 803-649-0003 Pain Management Russell K. Daniel, MD 803-226-0102 William E. Durrett Jr., MD 803-642-6500 Pediatrics Sheisa Claudio-Sandoval, MD 803-641-KIDS (5437) Jonathan C. Collins, MD 803-642-9204 Jose A. Luis, MD 803-380-7000 Paula A. Luther, MD 803-642-9204 Rebecca Pierce, MD 803-641-5437 Edward Rigtrup, MD 803-641-KIDS (5437)

John B. Tiffany, MD 803-508-7651 Plastic/ Reconstructive Surgery Dean A. Page, MD 803-642-0277 Podiatry Heather Driessen, DPM 803-306-1006 Kevin Ray, DPM 803-306-1006 George Sich III, DPM 803-648-6988 Psychiatry Bhavna Kaushik, MD 803-641-5906 John A. Allen, MD 803-641-5906 Merry A. DeLeon, MD 803-641-5906 John DeWitt, MD 803-335-1219 David A. Steiner, MD 803-642-3801 Pulmonology/ Critical Care Frank J. Mondschein, MD 803-649-5300 Nicholas J. Sanito, DO 803-643-1090 Miroslav B. Zotovic, MD 803-643-1090 Radiation Oncology Byron Dasher, MD 803-641-7850 Mark P. Ezekiel, MD 803-641-7850 Jed Howington, MD 803-641-7850 John Stewart, MD 803-641-7850 Surgery Frank Y. Chase, MD 803-648-1318 Wayne T. Frei, MD 803-648-1318 Lorenzo K. Sampson, MD 803-648-1318 Thoracic/Vascular Surgery Thomas P. Paxton, MD 803-641-4874 L. Dieter Voegele, MD 803-641-4874

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CELEBRATING HEALTHCARE IN AIKEN For 41 years and counting, Aiken Regional Medical Centers has proudly served the healthcare needs of Aiken and its surrounding counties. The medical staff includes more than 150 physicians representing over 40 specialties, including the following services: AURORA PAVILION BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES Inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults, children, adolescents and seniors.

THE NEUROSCIENCE CENTER Evaluation, management and treatment of neurological disorders on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY HEALTH Workplace Wellness Programs for business employees.

ORTHOPEDIC SERVICES/JOINT ACADEMY Orthopedic services including arthroscopic surgery, spine surgery, sports medicine, foot surgery, hand surgery, trauma treatment, and total joint replacement surgeries.

CANCER CARE INSTITUTE OF CAROLINA Integrated cancer treatment and advanced technology in a comfortable setting, offering both radiation oncology and hematology/oncology services. CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING OF AIKEN Medical imaging services for your cardiac needs. CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE OF CAROLINA Advanced cardiac care including diagnostic testing, medication, surgery and rehabilitation. DIABETES AND NUTRITION TEACHING CENTER Adult and pediatric nutrition and weight management, renal nutrition management and diabetes selfmanagement. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT 24/7 care provided by board-eligible and board-certified physicians. INPATIENT REHABILITATION CENTER A 14-bed unit, designed to help patients rebuild their strength and endurance after a debilitating injury or illness. A rehabilitation physician (physiatrist) will provide supervised care. LABORATORY SERVICES Three convenient locations throughout Aiken.

PALMETTO PEDIATRIC CENTER Inpatient and outpatient services for infants, children and adolescents, including routine healthcare. SLEEP EVALUATION CENTER Sleep study technology to help identify sleep disorders and treatment options. SOUTHSIDE IMAGING CENTER Advanced diagnostic services including digital mammography, open MRI, multislice CT scans, ultrasound and other services. WOMEN’S BREAST HEALTH AND IMAGING CENTER Diagnostic services including mammography, bone densitometry, stereotactic breast biopsy and routine X-rays. WOMEN’S LIFECARE CENTER Gynecologic care, breast surgery, menopause and osteoporosis treatment, estrogen replacement therapy and more. The childbirth center gives newborns and their parents a strong start. WOUND HEALING INSTITUTE OF CAROLINA Advanced wound care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

To find a physician, call our free Direct Doctors Plus® physician referral service at 1.800.882.7445.

302 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801 Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the non-discrimination notice, visit our website. 172436


We’ve taken the greatest care to make Three Runs Plantation a perfect place for horses and the people who love them. It’s a cherished neighborhood of custom-built homes and barns centered around the finest equestrian amenities. All in the heart of horse country in charming Aiken, South Carolina. Visit ThreeRunsPlantation.com today to find out more. 2400 Acres • 30 miles of groomed and marked trails • Competition level jump & dressage arenas • X-Country schooling complex Clubhouse & outdoor pavilion • Pool & cabana • Activity/Fitness Center • Homesites from 5+ acres • Spec homes available or build to suit

HOMESITES INDIVIDUALLY PRICED • DEVELOPER FINANCING AVAILABLE Marketed by The Carolina Real Estate Company, Aiken, SC. Plans and prices subject to change without notice. This does not constitute an offer in any state where prohibited by law. No time requirement to begin construction.

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‘A VISION OF CHANGE’

At Anchor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Aiken we approach the healthcare industry with A VISION OF CHANGE,

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

using a holistic, patient-focused care model that

aims to surpass our patients' needs and expectations with empathy and compassion, dignity and integrity.

PHYSICAL THERAPY OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SPEECH THERAPY

Our skilled nursing services meet the needs of medically

STROKE REHABILITATION

complex and chronically ill patients during the transition

INTRAVENOUS THERAPY

from hospitalization, admission to the center and throughout

CARDIAC & PULMONARY CARE

your stay with us. Our focus for short term patients is for

ORTHOPEDIC CARE

them to be able to return home, functioning at the highest

POST SURGICAL RECOVERY

level possible.

CHRONIC TRACHEOSTOMY CARE WOUND CARE THERAPY

WWW.ORIANNA.COM WE INVITE YOU TO TOUR OUR CENTER AND SEE WHY WE ARE THE PROVIDER OF CHOICE.

HOSPICE/PALLIATIVE CARE PAIN MANAGEMENT

HEALTHCARE THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!

‘A NEW APPROACH TO CARE’ 550 EAST GATE DR, AIKEN, SC 29803

P: 803.643.3694 D: 803.640.7365

WE ACCEPT MEDICARE, MEDICAID, PRIVATE PAY AND PRIVATE INSURANCE


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Explore Aiken

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Aiken By The Numbers

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Quality of Life

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Health Care

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Economy + Employment

Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce VIS IT US 121 Richland Avenue East Aiken, SC 29801 S E ND US A NOT E P.O. Box 892 Aiken, SC 29802 M A I N L I N E : 803.641.1111 FAX : 803.641.4174

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Relocation Information

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Copyright 2017 by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the express written permission of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.


LOCAL EXPERTISE. GLOBAL EXPOSURE. WORLD CLASS SERVICE.

Year after year Meybohm, REALTORS® proves to be the one source in our area for all of your real estate needs from start to finish. We remain the market leader in the area by providing an unparalleled real estate experience for each and every customer.

Here to serve you. 803.644.1700 | www.meybohm.com | 803.648.7653


Chamber of Commercie

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For a century, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, described as a “dynamic business alliance,” has served the business interests of Aiken and the region.

SERVING AIKEN COUNTY Just over 1,000 members strong, the Aiken Chamber is the largest voluntary, membership-driven organization of businesses in the Aiken region. The Chamber exists to be the catalyst for business growth, the convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for a stronger community. The Chamber is made up of a five-member professional staff led

The Aiken Chamber was founded in 1918 by business and civic leaders. Today, its office on Richland Avenue E. can easily be spotted by a colorful public art piece, “Interconnected,” a representation of the Chamber’s work to connect the community to business.

by President/CEO J. David Jameson and is governed by a board of directors chaired by Joshua Stewart of J. E. Stewart Engineering, Inc. and J. E. Stewart Builders, Inc. “At the Chamber, we take our role as the “voice of business” very seriously, and that includes listening to the challenges and issues facing our business community,” said Stewart. “Goals and initiatives of the Chamber are set based on the principles of allowing businesses to grow and thrive, freeing business from unnecessary regulation and onerous government processes, and educating, cultivating and equipping the workforce of the future.” Its future plans include a continued focus on building and diversifying the economy, aiding the profitability of its members, along with representing members’ interests in governmental and legislative issues. “The Aiken Chamber concentrates on the needs necessary for business growth and job creation. It takes passionate and effective leadership from all sectors working together to take our community to the next level,” said Jameson.

The Aiken Chamber will celebrate its centennial in 2018 and aims to continue to be known as a model chamber of commerce. It has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the past decade at the highest level, which is five stars.


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Aiken’s future as a

D E S I R A B L E P L AC E TO L I V E , W O R K AND VISIT depends upon a dynamic, diversified and growing economic base that complements the unique character of Aiken.

The Chamber believes

E C O N O M I C V I TA L I T Y is the primary means of supporting a quality of life that is distinctive to Aiken.


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Live like an Aikenite and take in all Aiken has to offer. Aiken is full of adventurous outings, locations and activities. Have a mind of enthusiasm, creativity and curiosity and expand your comfort zone in a community where acting your age is overrated.

E N T E R TA I N M E N T + A DV E N T U R E Run a Race

Take a Hike

Join a running club or run in one of the many 5K, 10K or half marathons including the Whiskey Road Race and the AEC Touchstone Energy Run United Race

Enjoy, Hitchcock Woods, the largest urban forest in the nation with 70 miles of sand trails on the over 2,000-acre property

Throw the Line

Hang Out with Friends

Enjoy disc golf on one of four area courses

Meet with friends or make new friends at one of the many local hangouts: Whiskey Alley, The Alley Tap Room, Harry’s Local Bar, Trio’s, Takosushi, Grumpy’s Sports Bar

Grab Your Clubs Golf on one of the 15 courses in the area or play mini golf at Hole-N-One.

Shop 'Til You Drop Find plenty of uniques, antiques and boutiques

Trivia Nights Play trivia at Mellow Mushroom, Grumpy’s Sports Bar or Pizza Joint

Experience Live Music Amp the Alley, Fourth Friday at the Village, The Willcox, Rose Hill, Red Pepper Café

Festival Fun Celebrate music, arts, food and fun at the many local festivals

Dogs Dig Aiken Barkaritaville, Yappy Hour, Woofstock Doxie Derby and running at the Aiken Dog Park are tops in Fido’s world

Horse Around Watch, ride or train in over 10 equestrian disciplines: polo, fox hunting, hunter/jumpers, dressage to name a few

Cycle the Day Away Bike on 39 courses designated by Map My Ride

Have a Blast Shoot sporting clays, trap, and skeet at the Palmetto Shooting Complex or hunt on nearly 12,000 acres of public land in Aiken County

Grab a Paddle Kayak or canoe at Aiken State Park, Langley Pond or on the nearby Savannah River

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Take in a game at the new SRP Park, home of the The Augusta GreenJackets, South Atlantic League affiliate of San Francisco Giants, or watch the USC Aiken Pacers compete for titles in the Division II Peach Belt Conference

Find a League of Your Own Sports for all ages and all abilities through the City of Aiken Parks and Recreation department

Blast to the Past Visit one of America’s few remaining drive-ins, The Big Mo, to catch a new release on the big screen

Rack’em Up Billiards and brews at City B’s


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A N N U A L F E S T I VA L S + E V E N T S Antiques in the Heart of Aiken February 2-4, 2018

Horses n’ Courses April 3, 2018

Western Carolina State Fair October 19-28, 2018

Mardi Gras February 9, 2018

Aiken Spring Classic Horse Show April 18-April 29, 2018

Aiken Fall Steeplechase October 27, 2018

Battle of Aiken February 24 & 25, 2018

Strawberry Festival April 21, 2018

Applefest November 3, 2018

Agamacon March 3-4, 2018

Aiken Charity Horse Show May 2-6 & May 9-13, 2018

Southern City Film Festival November 1-4, 2018

McGhee Mile Harness Racing March 10

Aiken Bluegrass Festival May 11-12, 2018

Katydid Combined Driving Event November 1-4, 2018

Joye in Aiken March 9-16, 2018

Hops N’ Hogs May 18, 2018

Blessing of the Hounds November 22, 2018

Aiken Trials March 17, 2018

Aiken’s Makin’ September 7-8, 2018

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony November 30, 2018

Aiken Spring Steeplechase March 24, 2018

Chocolate Festival October 6, 2018

Christmas Craft Show November 30 - December 1, 2018

Aiken Horse Show March 30 - April 1, 2018

Oktoberfest End of September

Night of 1000 Lights December 6, 2018

Pacers and Polo March 31, 2018

Trucks N’ Tunes TBA

Christmas in Hopelands December 2018

DISCOVER AIKEN Find calendars of events at visitaikensc.com, discoveraikencounty.com, aikendda.us, tbredcountry.org


C O R P O R AT E P R O F I L E

Serotta Maddocks Evans, CPAs 125 Park Avenue S.W. Suite 200 Aiken, SC 29801 803.648.6047 www.smecpa.com

Serotta Maddocks Evans, CPAs has had the same goal for 65 years, to provide individuals businesses and organizations the ability to achieve financial success. SME is dedicated to our community through involvement in

Michelle Bennett

charitable and civic organizations. We accomplish this mission by committing our time, resources and personal attention necessary to assist both clients and the community with their particular needs. With offices located in Aiken and Augusta, SME CPAs specializes in Tax, Audit, Accounting, Estate Planning and Business Advisory services. Today, we draw upon over a combined 210 years of experience among our eight firm partners: Michelle Bennett, Rick Evans, Jay Sanders, Wanda Scott, Abram Serotta, Joel Stewart, Andrea Usry, and Paul Wade. One of our 50 accountants and

Wanda Scott

auditors will be assigned to each client based upon which skillset best serves out clients. As of today, SME CPAs is one of the oldest and largest accounting firms in Aiken and the Greater Augusta Region. We continue the tradition of offering solutions focused accounting services. Your growth and success is our goal. Let’s achieve it together as a team.

Joel Stewart


C O R P O R AT E P R O F I L E

The Centerra history at the Savannah River Site dates back to 1983 when we were selected by the Department of Energy to protect National security interests at the Site.

Centerra-SRS

P.O. Drawer W Aiken, South Carolina 29802 External Affairs Office 803.952.7582 We fulfill a critical National Security mission by protecting nuclear materials and other security interests,

The threat of terrorism had grown across the globe and the SRS security posture was evolving to ensure continued protection against potential adversaries. Our paramilitary Protective Force provides access control, property protection, law enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic control, canine explosives and drug detection, aviation support, river patrol, alarm equipment monitoring, and a Special Response Team.

people and property in a safe and

The administrative support functions are designed to ensure

cost-effective manner.

that the critical mission is conducted effectively, safely, and in the most cost-efficient manner. The Company employs

Our Core Functions of People, Safety, Professional Excellence and Customer Focus are the driving forces of the organization.

support staff professionals with expertise in specialized security training, weapons training, physical fitness, performance testing, total quality, safety, environmental management, human resources, compensation and benefits, resource management, logistics, computer systems,

We look forward to continuing

accounting, labor relations, and security program planning.

our long tradition of performance excellence at SRS.

We are committed to continuing this tradition of excellence and look forward to even greater success in the coming years.


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FROM

Plantations & Pastures TO Bungalows & Buildings People move to the quaint town of Aiken for a variety of reasons – some wish to start a family, others desire to build a business, some come to relax and rejuvenate, and not surprisingly, many find our easygoing town to be the perfect place to retire. Whether you’re looking for a residential or commercial property to start your next chapter in Aiken, no one opens more doors than RE/MAX. Local experts with a global network, the RE/MAX Tattersall Group is the only international, full-service real estate

RE/MAX Tattersall Group 120 Laurens Street NW Aiken, South Carolina 29801 803.226.0036

company in Aiken and the only RE/MAX office in the country that is branded with both the Collection and Commercial designations. The Collection designation is granted to provide the best customer experience to owners

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of high value properties. The Commercial designation

COM M ERC I A L I N Q U I R I E S 803.439.6559

handles commercial sales and listings.

requires a commercial real estate specialist who only

Having these distinguished designations provides a level

Our Services With an internationally recognized residential and commercial division, the RE/MAX Tattersall Group offers the most comprehensive real estate services in Aiken.

of expertise that no other Aiken real estate agency can offer. From farms and land to homes, estates and commercial properties, the RE/MAX Tattersall Group can masterfully handle any real estate need.


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www.savannahrivernuclearsolutions.com

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions • SRNS is committed to safety, service to our nation, exploration and use of innovative technology, and conservation of the environment. • SRNS is responsible for the safe and secure operations of the majority of SRS’s facilities and programs. • SRNS prepares the nation’s only tritium supply for our nation’s

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) is a Fluor partnership with Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell. Since 2008, SRNS has been the management and operating (M&O) contractor for the Savannah River Site, a 310-square-mile Department of Energy (DOE)-owned site near Aiken, S.C., which includes Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). SRNS initiatives include nuclear security, science and energy, and environmental stewardship. SRNS provides nuclear materials management to support U.S. defense and nuclear nonproliferation; supports the National Nuclear Security Administration; and develops and deploys technologies for environmental cleanup and national energy initiatives.

nuclear weapons deterrent. • SRNS secures nuclear materials

SRNL is a multi-program national laboratory for the

to keep them away from those

DOE Office of Environmental Management that puts

who would do harm.

science to work with practical, cost-effective solutions for

• SRNS transforms nuclear materials into assets and stable waste forms. • SRNL’s unique facilities include containment areas for the safe handling and testing of radioactive materials, a lab for ultra-sensitive measurement of radioactive materials, and the nation’s only radiological crime investigation lab.

the nation’s environmental, nuclear security, energy and manufacturing challenges.


C O R P O R AT E P R O F I L E

KEEPING HEROES AT THEIR BEST SINCE 1979

NEW SHOULDER 2014

World-Class Doctors. Best-in-Class Care. With 206 bones and well over 600 muscles in the human body, seeing a musculoskeletal specialist when you’re injured or in pain ensures that you get the best care.

Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute CMI MAIN OFFICE Aiken Medical Center 410 University Parkway, Suite 1000 Aiken, SC 29801 C M I SP O RTS A N D S P I N E C E N T E R 399 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken, SC 29803 C M I N O RT H AU GU STA 440 W. Martintown Road, Suite 201 North Augusta, SC 29841 803.644.4264 | www.cmi.md

The doctors at Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute (CMI) are the specialists you need. CMI’s stellar team of physicians are board certified and renowned in their fields. They pride themselves on swift, accurate diagnoses and complete treatment of pain and injuries. Patients can expect to receive the most advanced procedures available for joint replacements, sports injuries, spine and disc surgery, hand and foot surgery and treatment of rheumatology conditions.

The Right Care. Right Where You Live. CMI has been changing lives for the better in the CSRA

Specialties

since 1979. A multi-disciplined medical practice and imaging

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Neurology Rheumatology Podiatry Pain Management Imaging Physical Therapy Joint Replacement Spine Specialists

center, the Institute specializes in complete musculoskeletal

Now Accepting New Patients!

care right here in your backyard. With two locations in Aiken and a new convenient location in North Augusta, complete musculoskeletal care is now more accessible than ever. Call CMI today at 803.644.4264 (4CMI) or visit www.cmi.md to get back to a healthy, active and injury-free lifestyle...and stay there.


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ASCO Valve Inc 1561 Columbia Hwy N Aiken, SC 29801 803.641.9200 www.asco.org

AS CO ’ S P RO D U CT LINES RedHat Solenoid Valves Largest selection of 2-, 3-, and 4-way solenoid valves, designed to handle the most demanding fluid control applications

Miniature Valves

For ultra-reliable performance and delivery, turn to ASCO: the world leader in solenoid valve technology. Our fluid automation offerings control flows of air, gas, water, oil, and steam across the globe. Recent innovations include miniature

Highest-quality miniature solenoid valves and accessories for medical equipment, analytical instrumentation, and industrial applications.

designs, low-power solenoid valves, and redundant control

Process Automation

world’s most reliable flow control solutions — delivered and

Pilot valves and control accessories for reliable process solutions

Fuel Gas + Oil Products Broadest line of solenoid and motorized shutoff valves designed to control the flow of fuel gas, liquid propane and all grades of fuel oil used in combustion applications such as: industrial furnaces, ovens, kilns, incinerators, burners and boilers.

Navy + Marine Valves Solenoid and air operated valves designed to meet the exacting standards of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.

Pressure/Temperature Switches + Sensors Devices for pressure and temperature monitoring.

systems for functional safety requirements. With tens of thousands of models available, you’ll find just the right solutions for your demanding application. ASCO makes the serviced with exceptional speed and responsiveness. Some last up to 500 million cycles; many are shipped within one day with our ASCO Today program. When you need help, we respond — fast. We can send a skilled technician onsite within 24 hours. As part Emerson, the planet’s largest process automation supplier, our experienced representatives provide the industry’s best technical support and service, around the clock — and around the globe. With our deep applications expertise and global service, ASCO is the fluid automation supplier of choice for customers desiring the lowest cost of ownership, greatest asset availability, and highest productivity.

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World Trade Center 1

AECOM

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AECOM Aiken’s Fortune 500 Company 150+ Countries • 87K Employees 30+ Market Sectors Engineering News & Record 2016/2017: #1 Top 150 Global Design Firms #1 Top 50 Program Management Firms #1 Transportation

AECOM is known around the world for its iconic tall buildings, including the World Trade Center 1 in New York. But it is also well known in Aiken, if by other names. Its

#1 Top 200 Environmental

heritage companies operated SRS from 1989 to 2008 and

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have managed the SRS high-level radioactive liquid waste

#1 Chemical and Soil Remediation

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Nuclear and Environment Group Headquartered in Aiken, SC Manages $3.5B in nuclear operations and remediation contracts annually for U.S. DOE, including major regional and national risk reduction, environmental restoration and reuse, and radioactive waste disposal

began a study of paved roadways for improvement in Aiken County. In South Carolina, AECOM is the construction manager for the new Volvo plant near Charleston. In Atlanta, AECOM was part of the construction team building the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

Savannah River Remediation, SRS UCOR, Oak Ridge, TN Washington River Protection Solutions, Hanford, WA

AECOM may be Aiken’s newest ‘old’ business, but we’re proud to be part of this vibrant community and appreciate the trust and support of our neighbors.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Carlsbad, NM

SRS Defense Waste Processing Facility

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Bridgestone Americas came to Aiken County in 1997, and was the largest capital investment ever made in South Carolina. Bridgestone has continued to grow, and in 2011, they announced plans for a $1.2 billion investment, which consisted of expanding the existing Passenger Tire Plant and constructing a new Off-Road Radial tire production plant. This is Bridgestone’s largest single investment in U.S. manufacturing, and it is the largest capital investment ever made in South Carolina. The Off-Road Radial tire plant officially opened in November 2014, bringing the total number of people working for Bridgestone in Aiken County to approximately 2,000.

The passenger and light truck plant sits on 585 acres and the Off-Road Radial plant sits on 545 acres, both plants have been certified as Wildlife Habitats by the Wildlife Habitat Council. The passenger and light truck plant is also recognized as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star site. The VPP Star is awarded to plants that have excellent safety and health management systems, and injury rates below the industry’s national average.


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Aiken Technical College 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway Graniteville, SC 29829 803.593.9231 • www.ATC.edu

Whether you’re ready to start a career, advance your career or work toward a bachelor’s degree, Aiken Technical College can help you on your journey to success. The college offers associate degree, diploma or certificate

Vision Aiken Technical College seeks to be the first choice for higher education in the region.

Mission Aiken Technical College is a public, open-door, two-year, comprehensive institution of higher education established to provide citizens of greater Aiken County opportunities for educational and workforce development.

Quick Facts Founded: 1972 Student-to-faculty ratio: 14 to 1 Academic Programs Offered: 60+ programs

Recognitions 2017 Aiken’s Choice: “Best Place to Further Your Education”

programs in a variety of fields including: business, computer technology, advanced manufacturing, health sciences, public service, nuclear, and STEM-related fields. Those planning to earn a bachelor’s degree may also enroll in a university transfer program. High school students can begin their college education through ATC’s Early Start: Dual Enrollment program and earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Students learn in state-of-the-art facilities with learning environments that resemble work environments in the related industry. Those enrolled in select technical programs may also participate in the College’s Technical Scholars program which allows students to gain applicable work experience while pursuing their associate’s degree. Outside of the classroom, students may get involved through one of several student organizations or participate in the College’s community service efforts.

2017 Best for Vets 2017 Military Friendly College

With Aiken Technical College, your future is within reach!


Aiken By The Numbers

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P O P U L AT I O N : 1 6 7, 4 5 8 Communities (Incorporated) in Aiken County with populations

Ethnicity

Black 25.1%

White 66.5%

Aiken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30,937

100

Burnettown. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,673

80

Jackson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,737 Monetta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 New Ellenton . . . . . . . . . . . 2,146 North Augusta. . . . . . . . . 22,932 Perry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240

Other 2.7%

Salley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 427 Wagener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 824

Hispanic 5.7%

Education

Windsor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Source: U.S. Census Bureau

60 40 20 High School Graduate or Higher (Age 25+): 85.7%

Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Age 25+): 24.8%

L O C AT I O N

Total Area of County: 1,080.66 square miles

NC Asheville

Land: 1071.03 square miles Water: 8 square miles

Charlotte

Greenville

D R I V E T I M E TO N E A R B Y C I T I E S

SC

Aiken to Augusta GA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 minutes

Columbia

Myrtle Beach

A I K EN Atlanta

Aiken to Atlanta, GA. . . . . . . . 2 hours 29 minutes Aiken to Columbia, SC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 minutes

Augusta

Charleston

Aiken to Charlotte, NC. . . . . . . 2 hours 18 minutes Aiken to Charleston, SC. . . . . 2 hours 28 minutes

GA

Hilton Head Savannah

Aiken to Greenville, SC. . . . . . . 2 hours 10 minutes Aiken to Savannah, GA. . . . . . 2 hours 25 minutes Beaches and Mountains Hilton Head, SC . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 hours 34 minutes Myrtle Beach, SC. . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours 26 minutes Asheville, NC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours 1 minute


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C L I M AT E ON AV ER AGE , T H E R E A R E

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SUN N Y DAYS P E R Y E A R .

AV E R A G E W E AT H E R

Jan

July

Average High (ºF)

58

94

Average Low (ºF)

33

70

Average Annual High Temperature

77.3°F

Average Annual Low Temperature

51.1°F

Average Temperature The July high is around 94 degrees.

64.2°F

Rainfall

40.91 in.

Snowfall

.8 in.

Precipitation Days

The January low is 33.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT

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Average snowfall

1 inch.

Elevation

476 ft.

E M P L OY M E N T You’ll find the common expectations of key industries — a skilled workforce, access to technical education, abundant utility capacity and supportive local government — are a way of life here. Plus, our business community is friendly and cooperative, ready to share knowledge that improves

KE Y INDUST RIE S Education, Health Care, Social Services Manufacturing Retail Trade Professional Services Construction Arts + Entertainment Transportation + Utilities

everyone’s ability to succeed.

Public Admin

25 20 15 10 5 Education, Health Care, Social Services 22%

Manufacturing 18%

Retail Trade 11%

Professional Services 10%

Construction 8%

Arts + Entertainment 7%

Transportation + Utilities 6%

Source: Aiken Economic Development Partnership/Buxton Demographic Summary Report

Public Admin 5%


Quality of Life

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Aiken is the perfect place for all ages and for all seasons. It offers distinctiveness often unheard of in today’s world, where affordable housing, award-winning schools, diverse recreational opportunities, and a progressive approach to business go hand-in-hand to offer something for almost every lifestyle.

If you are looking for a place that offers all the amenities you’ll ever need, a place that offers a perfect balance between the charm and grace of yesterday and the promise of tomorrow, you will find it in Aiken, South Carolina.

One of Aiken’s greatest assets is its people – individuals from diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to the economic and overall well-being of the community. This strong commitment from business people, public officials, community leaders, retirees, young professionals, parents and students is the foundation upon which Aiken draws its strength. By working together, public and private entities have successfully implemented numerous programs that have improved infrastructure, attracted business, saved money,

With its rich heritage, impeccable beauty, cosmopolitan flair, and unparalleled quality of life, Aiken is the ideal place to come and spend a day, a week, or a lifetime.

supported health care and education, and ultimately, created a thriving, vibrant community. So, whether you plan to come and visit or to live here, you will find that Aiken exceeds your expectations and offers more than you ever imagined.


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L O C AT I O N interstates and airports. The beach and the mountains are within driving distance, and in three hours, one can be in Asheville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston or Savannah. Aiken’s residents have the best of both worlds—they can enjoy big city life without having to live in a large metropolitan area. For those who enjoy history and culture, Aiken sits in the middle of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor—one of several corridors in the United States. The corridor was designed to encourage people to get off the interstates and onto the back roads of South Carolina, where they can learn about the state’s traditions and culture and experience various festivals and foods. The climate is another plus; Aiken’s residents can enjoy the change of seasons without prolonged severe weather.

One visit to this charming city and you will discover why people who live here celebrate Aiken every day – because it is the perfect place to operate a business, raise a family, meet young professionals and enjoy retirement.

Where else can you find unique combinations that mesh so incredibly well? An exceptional business environment located in a small, but globally cosmopolitan, town Cozy cottages and single-family homes nestled among grand, historic estates An active, modern lifestyle entrenched in Southern charm and a history that has been meticulously preserved A contemporary, progressive college and university with a small town appeal A beautiful, thriving downtown with retail shops and restaurants complemented by national chains and franchises throughout the community Technically advanced health care services delivered with a friendly hometown feel Modern vehicles sharing unpaved streets with riders on horseback It is these unique combinations that make the Aiken area special and appealing for all age groups. The old and the new blend perfectly to provide a lifestyle that suits almost any taste - from growing families to young singles and retirees.

Quality of Life

Aiken is ideally located and accessible to major


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ARTS + C ULT UR E The Aiken community is passionate about art – all kinds of art – and residents and visitors alike support the arts with an enthusiasm that could rival most any large city. Visual and performing arts thrive year round and touch many cultures and lifestyles, while showcasing local, national and international talent. Participation in the arts is highly encouraged in the area through art education and enrichment classes. Both visual and performing arts classes are available and give all citizens the opportunity to learn a new skill or enhance an existing one.

Aiken Center for the Arts

Aiken Symphony Orchestra

Local, as well as international and national, artist shows and receptions flourish throughout the year and offer a unique mix of art media. Classes for children and adults are taught daily.

The ASO provides artistic leadership to the community through the presentation of symphonic music that educates, entertains and enriches the human spirit, in addition to a program of classical and pops concerts.

Aiken Choral Society A community chorus dedicated to providing the best singing experience to interested and talented singers throughout the Aiken area. The group’s repertoire is wide and includes celebrating the best in composition from early music to hit movie themes.

Aiken Civic Ballet South Carolina’s longest continuously operating dance company has been in existence for over 46 years. Under the Artistic Direction of Diane Toole Miller, the company produces original ballets and contemporary dance works.

Aiken Community Playhouse Offering seven main stage productions each season, several Black Box events, Coffeehouse Productions, workshops and a Youth Wing Program, shows range from drama to comedy and musicals.

Aiken Performing Arts Group (APAG) Quality professional artists perform in Aiken – including classical, jazz, brass, chamber, bluegrass, big band, Broadway and ethnic music performed by individual vocalists and instrumentalists, bands and full orchestras- plus dance, comedy, satire and variety programs.

Aiken Symphony Guild Annually, the Guild is the presenter of the Youth Concerts for all fifth-grade students in Aiken and Edgefield counties, and the Concerto Competition for students eighteen years of age and younger.

The Etherredge Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Located on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken, the Center hosts many cultural events open to the community, including the annual Cultural Series featuring traveling theater companies and performers.

Hopelands Gardens Summer Concert Series Various entertainment including bands, ballet, bluegrass and clogging perform on Monday evenings from April through July at the Windam Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens.

Joye in Aiken The Joye in Aiken Festival brings the world’s best young artists from the Juilliard School and beyond to Aiken for public performances, chamber concerts, master classes, and outreach programs in area schools.

Southern City Institute The Southern City Film Festival seeks to create venues in the community to encourage education, artistic expression and acknowledge emerging filmmakers from around the world and within the community.

USCA Convocation Center One of the region’s premier entertainment facilities, it features everything from internationally known music stars to comedians, musicals and even professional bull riding.


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History and culture play an important role in the community, and various historical sites and museums offer memorable educational experiences. Aiken County Historical Museum at Banksia, a former Winter Colony estate, once served as the original campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken and as the community’s public library. The museum offers an exciting historical view of Aiken and features ongoing displays and shows that bring history to life. The grounds have been developed into an arboretum and nature trail. The Aiken Train Museum is a replica of Aiken’s historic railroad depot. It houses the City of Aiken’s Visitor’s Center, as well as displays depicting the relationship between the founding of Aiken and the history of the railroad – from the popular legend of a bride whose “hand was given in marriage” in exchange for a railroad stop, to the establishment of the “Winter Colony,” when wealthy northerners traveled by way of personal railway cars to spend their winters in Aiken. The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the great tradition of racing and Aiken’s vital role in it. Forty champion thoroughbreds have trained at the famed Aiken Training Track. The Hall of Fame immortalizes each in the Iselin’s charming, old carriage house. The Hall of Fame features both flat racers and steeplechase horses, from 1942 through the present. Photos, trophies and other memorabilia highlight these outstanding horses. The Center for African-American History, Art & Culture (CAAHAC) is located in the Immanuel Institute Building, one of the county’s most historic landmarks. The goal of the center, scheduled to open in 2018, is to preserve and present the cultural legacy of the African-American Diaspora and chronicle the many contributions of African-Americans to Aiken and neighboring regions. The SRS Heritage Museum preserves the history of the Savannah River Site (SRS) and interprets to the public the Site’s role in winning the Cold War. The museum focuses on SRS’s technical and scientific achievements, sociological impacts and ecological accomplishments.

Quality of Life

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R E C RE AT IO N Every season in Aiken offers exciting outdoor activities for visitors and residents of all ages. Fun and diverse activities abound year-round in Aiken and surrounding towns.

EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES

AT H L E T I C S

Equestrian activities and events are one of the biggest draws to Aiken and surrounding towns. The area boasts of international polo matches, foxhunting, horse shows, and carriage and pleasure riding. Busy horse farms and stables dot the area, and equestrian activities are so popular that the City of Aiken has unpaved streets made of hard clay to protect the horses’ hooves.

Athletics such as tennis, softball, baseball, volleyball and soccer play a close rival to golf for many residents and visitors. Municipal and county recreation departments offer numerous competitive sports opportunities for people of all ages. Citizens Field in Aiken plays host to local, regional and national sporting events that attract thousands of people to the area each year.

Long known as a premier horse training center that has produced such winners as Sea Hero, Kelso, Summer Squall, Good Time and most recently, Palace Malice who won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown. Aiken is home to the Aiken Training Track, the Aiken Horse Park, Highfields Event Center, Stable View and numerous polo fields. Horse enthusiasts celebrate Aiken’s rite of spring every March with the Triple Crown. The popular three-weekend equestrian event, which includes flat races, the national-circuit Steeplechase and polo, draws families, friends and businesses together for fun, food and festivities.

GOLF Golf is another popular activity that thrives in Aiken and is a major draw for many who move to the area. Simply stated, the area is a golfer’s paradise! With several private and public courses available, golf enthusiasts take to the links year-round. Golf tournaments flourish throughout the year and cater to experienced golfers as well as the novice. Thriving golf communities testify to the sport’s popularity, and the area bustles with activity every year during the Masters Golf Tournament in nearby Augusta, Georgia.

T H E G R E AT O U T D O O R S Nature and walking opportunities are plentiful for those that enjoy the outdoors. The area offers numerous public parks, walking trails and tranquil gardens. Hopelands Gardens, a 14-acre public treasure, features garden paths that wind among 100-year-old magnolia and oak trees. For the more adventurous, Hitchcock Woods, a 2,000acre woodland preserve nestled in the heart of downtown Aiken, has numerous trails and paths that provide hours of hiking, horseback riding and bird watching activities for many.

F E S T I VA L S Festivals offer fun and entertainment for the community. Aiken boasts a variety of festivals, such as the annual St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival, Aiken Bluegrass Festival and the annual Oktoberfest. The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce presents the Aiken’s Makin’ juried arts and crafts show every September on the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day. The popular event attracts more than 10,000 people annually to Aiken’s historic downtown.


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The Aiken Symphony Orchestra's mission is to provide artistic leadership to the greater Aiken community through the presentation of symphonic music that educates, entertains and enriches the human spirit. In addition to a program of classical concerts, and in cooperation with the Aiken Symphony Guild, the Youth Concert Series is presented each year for all fifth-grade students in Aiken and Edgefield counties.

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Real estate continues to be a good investment in Aiken, and housing options are diverse. Historic homes and charming cottages, condominiums and townhouses, large equestrian estates, golf communities with nature trails, and retirement communities with endless amenities are available.

R E A L E S TAT E H O U S I N G I N V E N TO RY As of October 2017 1161 homes for sale in Aiken 15% decrease in available homes over last year 1,122 homes are single- and multi-story homes 39 are condominiums and townhouses 239 properties for sale are equine-related Aiken has a strong equestrian community Median sales price: $162,570 Prices have increased 5% from last year Average Number of Days on Market: 156 a decrease of 8.2% Sources: Market Overview October 2017 and September 2017 statistics provided by Aiken Board of Realtors

For a listing of all housing options, visit aikenchamber.net or aikenhasit.com.


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Housing

Kristyne Shelton, Association Executive, for the Aiken Board of Realtors shares how today’s

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South Carolina rates in the Top 9 States in the U.S. for Jobs.

demand is driven by three factors: 1

Millennials are reaching prime home-buying age, growing families are looking for larger homes and empty nesters are downsizing.

2 Intriguingly low interest rates often prompt refinancing instead of listing, contributing to lower inventory. 3 With rental prices and employment opportunities in a consistent climb, year-over-year increases in home buying are probable, although not guaranteed, for the near future.

People are moving in record numbers to the South Carolina for the reasonable cost of living and low taxes. The Aiken area enjoys a strong rental market for students attending the local university and temporary contractors with local industries. Source: National Association of Realtors Chief Economist


Cost of Living

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The Cost of Living Index in the Aiken-Augusta area

89.3

1 1 % B E L O W T H E N AT I O N A L AV E R A G E Source: Council for Community and Economic Research. This is the lowest composite index in the 28 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), measured in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and is the 24th lowest of the 273 areas measured across the nation.

SECOND QUARTER 2017 100 80 60 40 20

Grocery 103.5

Housing 74.6

Utilities 85.1

Transportation 71.9

Healthcare 95.9

Goods + Services 103.4

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For comparison to your area visit www.aikenchamber.net. The Cost of Living Calculator is located in the drop-down menu under the relocation tab.


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Health Care is a Top Priority in Aiken and Aiken County. Health care providers and citizens alike recognize the value of a healthy community. With highly trained professionals who are dedicated to the wellness of the entire person - from acute care to behavioral health, preventive medicine and wellness programs - the Aiken area offers superior health care services covering a broad spectrum of specialties.

H O S P I TA L S Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC) 302 University Parkway Aiken, South Carolina ARMC’s culture of being “dedicated to serve” resonates with the Aiken Community. With most physicians and staff living and working in this community, their commitment to excellence and compassion are evident at every encounter.

More than 120 on-staff physicians covering 38 specialties 245-bed hospital Newly renovated cath lab, equipped with the latest technology, allows the Cardiovascular Institute to consistently care for patients at a rate below the national and state average “Door to Balloon” times. Services range from a 24-hour emergency department to cardiopulmonary and respiratory services, Computerized Tomography Scanning, same-day outpatient surgery, dialysis treatments, pain management and more. The Sleep Evaluation Center, Women’s LifeCare Center, Diabetes and Nutrition Teaching Center, Aurora Behavioral Health Services, Cardiovascular Institute of Carolina and the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina, are among ARMC’s top-notch facilities. A new in-patient rehabilitation center dedicated to helping patients regain their independence opened in 2017. Many educational programs designed to help residents live a healthier life, including Women Enlightened for Better Health, or WE for short. The WE health initiative is designed to give women the support, education, and care navigation they need to achieve and maintain optimal health. WE is a free program open to women 18 and older.

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Children’s Hospital of Georgia 1446 Harper St, Augusta, GA

University Hospital in Augusta

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A variety of centers and units such as the Sports Medicine Center and the Georgia Cancer Center

Serves 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina with 581-beds at their not-for-profit community hospital

PHYSICIANS In addition to hospital and physician care, a comprehensive range of health care services can be found in Aiken County, including: Home Health Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Therapeutic Massage Chiropractic Care Hospice Care Sports Medicine Behavioral Health Exercise Programs Special Interest Programs Support Groups Educational Programs Comprehensive Care Facilities Adult Day Services Assisted-Living Communities

The year 2018 marks the hospital’s 42nd anniversary at 302 University Parkway in Aiken.

An additional health care resource for Aiken and the surrounding area is The Surgery Center of Aiken. It is the only locally physician owned and operated same-day multi-specialty outpatient surgical facility in Aiken. Health Care for veterans and service members is available at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta and its VA Outpatient Clinic in Aiken as well as the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon.

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The economic strength of Aiken County lies in the ability to change with the times and to embrace a global marketplace. From everyday products, such as pharmaceutical and consumer health products, to tires, automotive parts, diesel engines, vending machines and materials for nuclear defense and environmental restoration, many advanced businesses and industries call the Aiken area home. The range and diversity of these companies provide a stable working environment and strengthen Aiken County’s economic base.

Aiken County recognizes the value of its economic base and works closely with existing industries to help ensure their success and longevity. The testament of these efforts shows – several existing industries have significantly expanded their operations in recent years.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, the largest employer in Aiken County and one of the largest in South Carolina, plays a major role in the area’s economy at the Savannah River Site, which includes the Savannah River National Laboratory. SRNL provides intellectual leadership, innovative solutions, and research and technology necessary to address the nation’s most complex nuclear materials processing and environmental challenges. Several other large employers in the area, including Savannah River Remediation, LLC, at the Savannah River Site, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, CB&I AREVA MOX Services, and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations have invested heavily in Aiken County and contribute significantly to economic prosperity. The area also enjoys a strong global presence with several international companies, such as Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Japan), MTU America Inc. (Germany), Autoneum North America (Switzerland), Metso Paper USA (Finland), Newman Technology SC (Japan), BAE Systems (United Kingdom), BOC Gases (United Kingdom), and Shinsho American Corporation (Japan).


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T R A N S P O R TAT I O N ACCESSIBILITY Aiken’s convenient location and accessibility also make it attractive for many different kinds of businesses. With its proximity to I-20 and two commercial airports, Augusta Regional Airport in Augusta, Georgia, and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina, the Aiken area is blessed with excellent transportation access. In addition, the Aiken Municipal Airport accommodates corporate jet service, and the area offers two railway companies, bus lines, and motor freight lines that provide transportation services. Add to this the fact that the major ports of Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia are only 2 ½ hours away, and one can see that business transportation needs are easily met in the Aiken area.

DY N A M I C WORKFORCE With its friendly, progressive business environment, the Aiken area offers a diverse, well trained work force and incentives to potential business and industry. Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken are instrumental in preparing students for the business and technical needs of local employers. In addition, their continuing education programs support new technological needs brought on by an ever changing market.


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ALL THAT’S MISSING IS YOU - Total population of 581,000 and workforce population of 263,000 within 30 miles - Available certified sites and buildings - Regional wastewater system with over 7 MGD available - Located between major cities, easy access to ports, interstate systems and nearby airports All that’s missing is you. Ask us for more reasons why our region is just right for you.

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Education is a top priority in workforce and economic development initiatives throughout the area. Aiken County’s private citizens and business communities have a long standing commitment to education and embrace the many academic offerings – from pre-kindergarten to college and beyond. With public, private and religion-based schools available, educational opportunities are plentiful for all students, where academic, as well as physical and character, development are stressed.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Aiken County Public Schools is leading a community workforce development collaborative. AIKEN WORKS is gearing up to provide authentic hands-on experiences for Aiken’s students and propel Aiken County forward as a hub of cyber technology, industrial manufacturing, health and energy.

Aiken County public schools are high-performing: • Eighteen were recognized with Palmetto Gold & Silver Awards. • All are staffed with highly-qualified teachers, staff and administrators, including a Presidential Award-winning Math and Science Teacher, as well as the state Media Specialist and Agriculture Teacher of the Year. • Area schools are grounded in a philosophy of “All Means All;” all students deserve the opportunity for a high-quality education. This year, community stakeholders, teachers and administrators charted the vision and established plans to project the school system on a path forward to even greater success. The result: a common vision and a commitment to the objectives that each student will: • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to pursue learning throughout life. • Complete high school prepared to thrive in college, career, and life. • Be a productive citizen while making meaningful contributions to society. • Display strength of character and make decisions with integrity and compassion.

Aiken County is proud to be a distinguished public school system. The District’s merit is evidenced by AdvanceEd accreditation, an “Excellent” Report Card rating and many schools listed among U.S. News & World Reports’ Best High Schools, including a silver award-winner, and a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient.


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C A R E E R P R E PA R AT I O N

High School Thematic Programs began in the 201617 school year, with two schools being designated as Advanced Placement Academies and another established as an Early College site in collaboration with Aiken Tech. All seven Aiken County high schools will have signature, specialized programming, in addition to the traditional curricula, in the 2018-2019 school year. An impressive 89% of the Class of 2017 are already certified work-ready, having earned National Career Readiness Certificates. Beginning in elementary school and extending throughout middle and high school, professionalism and character building are incorporated into Aiken County Schools’ instruction, and are being complimented by volunteerism, mentorships and apprenticeship programs with business, manufacturing and industry professionals.

The Consolidated School District of Aiken County is South Carolina’s sixth largest school district in population. 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC 29803 803.641.2428 : : www.acpsd.net 4K-12 Student Population: 24,829 (2015-2016) Number of Schools: 42 7 High Schools 11 Middle Schools 20 Elementary Schools 1 Career and Technology Center 3 Charter Schools Number of 4-year-olds: 567

TEACHER QUALITY

(measured by highest degree attained) 44% Master’s Degree 16% Master’s Degree + 30 1% Doctorate Average Teacher Salary: $50,837

CAREER + TECHNOLOGY CENTER The Aiken County Career and Technology Center offers a multitude of award-winning programs: • A highly-publicized collaboration with MTU Diesel • Networking/cyber security • Welding • Emergency/Fire Management • Fashion • Health Science • Electricity • Media Technology

ARTS + STEM PROGRAMS The District has an elementary school with magnet designation and the middle schools infuse science, technology, engineering and math, STEM, or STEAM (STEM + art), across all subject areas. Joye in Aiken and Aiken Performing Arts partner with the District to inspire and enhance arts education through on-campus residencies, workshops, concerts and outreaches.

Number of Teachers: 1,531 Total Number of Employees (full-time): 3,189

NEW STUDENTS All new students entering school for the first time in Aiken County are requested to provide the following documents: Birth Certificate Immunization Card/Form Proof of residency

IMMUNIZATION For complete immunization requirements, call 1-800-27-SHOTS or visit www.scdhec.net.

AGE REQUIREMENTS Child Development (4K): 4 years old by September 1 Kindergarten (5K): 5 years old by September 1 First Grade: 6 years old by September 1

Education

Advanced studies curricula and a partnership with The National Math + Science Initiative, made possible by generous support from the local business and nuclear community, as well as those with the University of South Carolina, Aiken and Aiken Technical College are raising the level of academic rigor in the schools and removing barriers to students’ post-secondary pursuits.

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C H A R T E R + P R I VAT E S C H O O L S For parents who wish to explore options outside of traditional public schools, religious and charter schools are located in Aiken County: • Horse Creek Academy (Grades K-8) • Lloyd Kennedy Charter School (Grades 3-8) on campus with Aiken Performing Arts Academy (Grades 9-12) • Horse Creek Academy (Grades K-8) • Mead Hall Episcopal School (Grades 3K-12) • Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School (Grades 2K-5) • South Aiken Baptist Christian School (Grades 3K-12) • St. Mary’s Help of Christian Catholic School (Grades K-8)

H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N Aiken County’s institutions of higher education, Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken, offer outstanding opportunities for area citizens. THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN (USC AIKEN) Comprehensive four-year institution. Founded in 1961. Serves approximately 3,500 students from 36 states and 32 countries. Boasts a beautiful 453-acre campus. Offers more than 45 undergraduate majors including a new Bachelor of Science in Industrial Process Engineering, and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, Education, and Applied Clinical Psychology. Ranked #1 in 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide, for Southern Public Regional Universities. It has held this first place distinction for thirteen of the past twenty years. Selected as the “College of Choice” by students from 29 states and 20 countries. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, USC Aiken seniors rank the campus as contributing to their knowledge, skills and personal development at rates significantly higher than other institutions participating in the survey.

Recognized as a “2016 Best College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, with top honors for collaborative governance and confidence in senior leadership. Military friendly university and ranked as a 2017 #1 top public regional college for veterans in the South. In addition, USC Aiken received several Military Friendly designations including best for Military Spouses, its second Military Advanced Education (MAE) award as a Top College and University and a 2017 “Best for Vets” designation by the Military Times. The University holds the distinction of being one of only 29 COPLAC institutions nationwide, which serve as model institutions for public liberal arts and sciences universities. The faculty is committed to active learning through excellence in teaching, undergraduate research, scholarship, and civic engagement. NCAA, Division II athletics with 5 men's teams and 6 women's teams.


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E D U C AT I O N A L O P P O R T U N I T I E S Also located on the campus of USC Aiken is the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, which offers a hands-on approach to science, technology, engineering and math. Established in 1987 as a cooperative effort by USC Aiken, local industry and the public school districts in the Central Savannah River Area, its hands-on approach to teaching is designed to help people experience the beauty, the order and the power of science and mathematics, as well as the interest and fun of discovery. A visit to the RPSEC enables students, teachers and the public to experience science and mathematics in a challenging yet exciting way. The center has enriched the educational lives of more than 250,000 students, teachers and citizens since it opened.

A I K E N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E ( AT C ) Public, two-year comprehensive college. Supports economic growth and community development in the greater Aiken area by preparing students for gainful employment or further higher education. One of 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System. Serving the community for 45 years. Offers a variety of academic programs in business, computer technology, health sciences, manufacturing, nuclear, public service and STEMrelated areas such as engineering. In addition, the College offers several university transfer programs for those desiring to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and continue their education at a four-year institution. The College also has an Early Start: Dual Enrollment Program which provides high school students with opportunities to enroll in collegelevel coursework and earn credits toward both a high school diploma and college credential.

State-of-the-art facilities with learning environments that resemble work environments in the related industry. College’s Technical Scholars program which allows students to gain applicable work experience while pursuing their associate’s degree. ATC’s ability to connect what students learn in the classroom to industry needs and expectations is one of the reasons why it was named a 2016 STEM Jobs Approved College. ATC has a long-standing tradition of providing exemplary service to its student veterans, active duty military members, and their families. For seven consecutive years, Aiken Technical College has been designated as a Military Friendly College in recognition of the many services it offers including a dedicated enrollment advisor for those using Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits; scholarships and cost-of-living grants for eligible students; peer mentoring by Veterans’ Ambassadors; career sessions with area employers; and an active Student Veterans Association chapter.

Education

The McGrath Computer Learning Center serves adults, regardless of experience level, who wish to learn how to use a computer or tablet. The Learning Center offers a low-cost, friendly introduction to using computers. Basic curriculum courses include a general introduction to computers, word processing, and use of the internet and email. More advanced courses cover genealogy, graphics, digital photography and photograph enhancement, and financial management. The Learning Center holds open lab time where registered students can use computers to practice their skills or to work on individual projects. Teaching is primarily hands-on, with the student learning from challenging exercises. Coaches, usually 2 or 3 per class, provide one-onone help for each student at his or her computer.


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Health Care: The Aiken area is home to several hospitals and health care systems, including Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Georgia Regents Health System, University Health Care System, Doctors Hospital, Trinity Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and Eisenhower Army Medical Center located at Fort Gordon. In addition there are numerous assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and thousands of health care providers. Adult day care, medical and nonmedical, is also available.

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USC Aiken educates the next generation of professionals—nurses, engineers, educators, journalists, accountants, musicians, psychologists, and so on in every field—so they have the broad understanding and critical capabilities to succeed in their careers, enjoy a full life, and contribute as citizens and neighbors, building vibrant communities for decades to come.

#1 Regional Comprehensive Public College in the South (U.S. News & World Report) • 13th time in first place • 20th consecutive ranking in the top 3 • USC Aiken pumps more than $281 million annually into the S.C. economy, most of which benefits Aiken and Aiken County. (Darla Moore School of Business, Economic Study, 2016)

• The student body of approximately 3,500 students is highly diverse, with students from 36 states and 32 countries. • NCAA Division II (5 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams)

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Aiken is the perfect place to spend your retirement years. It offers quality health care, a pleasant climate, friendly people, educational and work opportunities, the perfect balance of activities, and a relaxed lifestyle. It also offers a number of housing options at a range of pleasing price points. It is the combination of these items that have earned Aiken the reputation as the “No. 1 place to retire,” by Century 21, the “One of 21 Best Towns for Boomers” by Best Boomer Towns™ and “One of 10 terrific, affordable retirement towns,” and “8 Tax-Friendly Cities” by Where to Retire magazine.

HOUSING

Aiken’s accessible location and proximity to everything from historic Charleston to bustling Charlotte make it a perfect destination for seniors. In short, settling in Aiken affords retirees the opportunity to be as active, or equally as relaxed, as they want to be.

The median home price in September 2017 was $155,000. Combined with a low cost of living and a variety of housing options, Aiken is very affordable. Kalmia Landing, a gated community of privately owned homes and condominiums, offers gracious living for active folks 55 years and older. Cumberland Village is also a senior only community offering a variety of housing options in its patio homes, apartments and assisted living facility. While not restricted to those 55 and older, Woodside Plantation and Cedar Creek are neighborhoods that cater to retirees with plentiful activities and club amenities, including golf, tennis, swimming and social clubs.


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E D U C AT I O N Retirement

Retirees enjoy continuing education programs at USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College. In addition, numerous art classes are available at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

H E A LT H C A R E The Aiken area is home to several hospitals and health systems, including: Aiken Regional Medical Centers Augusta University Health System University Health Care System Doctors Hospital Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Eisenhower Army Medical Center located at Fort Gordon In addition there are numerous assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and thousands of health care providers. Adult day care, medical and non-medical, is also available.

ACTIVITIES

No matter what one likes to do for fun, Aiken has a little bit of everything. The list is endless: Golf Tennis Equestrian Activities Tennis Pickleball Walking Trails Senior Leagues Theater Art Music Numerous Volunteer Opportunities


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Driving R E G I S T E R I N G YO U R V E H I C L E You have 45 days to transfer your vehicle title and registration. 1. Start at the Aiken County Government Center with your out of state title or previous car registration form. At the Center you will be directed to the Auditor’s Office to calculate your tax bill. The tax rate for personal vehicles in Aiken County is 6%. This is paid at the Treasurer’s Office. Both offices are located at 1930 University Parkway in Aiken. You will be issued a paid property tax receipt and South Carolina title or registration. 2. Next go to a South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles office

company before you register your vehicle in South Carolina. DMV will verify your coverage electronically. If the insurance policy cannot be verified, your driver’s license and vehicle registration may be suspended. • Odometer mileage reading This information is used to complete Form 400, Certificate of Title/ Registration. The form is available at the DMV office or may be downloaded and completed in advance at www.scdmvonline.com • Personal Identification A valid/unexpired out of state driver’s license or a new South Carolina driver’s license are acceptable forms of identification.

T I T L E + R E G I S T R AT I O N F E E S

Title: $15

Passenger cars and RV’s: $24

Persons 64 years of age: $22

65 or older or disabled: $20 If disabled, a statement from a medical doctor as to the permanency of the disability must be submitted

Motorcycles: $10

Road Test Appointments: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Utility or Camper Trailers: $10

CDL testing and International Services are not available at this location.

Trailers with empty weight in excess of 2,500 lbs.: $20

Aiken DMV Office

1755 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC 29801 803.641.7752 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Two weekends a month Closed on state holidays

North Augusta DMV Office

O B TA I N I N G A S C D R I V E R ’ S L I C E N S E You have 90 days to obtain your license

1913 Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta, SC 29841 803.279.6659 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed on state holidays

If your out of state license is valid/unexpired you do not have to pass the knowledge test or road test.

An eye exam will be given at all SC Department of Motor Vehicles offices or you may submit a statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist.

If your name has changed since birth, you must provide all legal documents (adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, court ordered name change) supporting all name changes from birth to present.

A South Carolina license is valid for ten years and must be renewed by your birthday in the tenth year.

Military personnel (and their dependents) and students temporarily in South Carolina are not required to obtain a South Carolina Driver’s license. However, you must have a driver’s license from your home state to operate in South Carolina.

CDL testing and International Services are available. You will need the following to complete your registration • The paid property tax receipt you received at the Aiken County Government Center • Your out-of-state vehicle title and registration If there is a lien on your vehicle, you must bring the name and address of the company that holds the lien • Liability Insurance information Provide the name of your automobile liability insurance company, not the name of the agent. If you are a new resident in South Carolina and have an automobile policy with a national insurance company, be sure to change your address with your insurance

Electricity + Gas

Garbage Removal

Aiken Electric Co-op: The Co-op’s headquarters are located at 2790 Wagener Road (SC 4 East) in Aiken. You may contact them by phone at 803.649.6245 or 800.922.1262. More information is available at their website: www.aikenco-op.org.

City of Aiken Public Service Department 803.642.7610 Provides garbage disposal services to homes in the city limits, as well as curbside recycling. Rolling carts are available to all city residents.

South Carolina Electric & Gas: SCE&G has offices in Aiken and North Augusta. You may contact them by phone at 800.251.7234. More information is available at their website: www.sceg.com.

Tyler Sanitation, Inc. 803.648.6714 Provides garbage disposal to unincorporated areas of Aiken County. Waste removal services for residential customers in the unincorporated areas of Aiken County and commercial businesses throughout the CSRA. Dumpster Depot 803.644.6004 Waste removal services for commercial and construction businesses in the CSRA.


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Libraries

www.abbe-lib.org

Aiken County Public Library

803.642.2020

• The capital of South Carolina is Columbia, located approximately 60 miles northeast of Aiken.

Jackson Branch Library

803.471.3811

Midland Valley Branch Library

803.593.7379

• South Carolina is governed under a constitution ratified in 1895.

Nancy Bonnette (Wagener) Branch Library 803.564.5396

S TAT E G O V E R N M E N T

State legislators and members of the state’s executive branch can be contacted by calling the following numbers: Governor 803.734.2100

Nancy Carson (North Augusta) Library

803.279.5767

New Ellenton Branch Library

803.652.7845

Media

Lt. Governor

803.734.2080

State Senate

803.734.2080

N E W S PA P E R S

House of Representatives

803.734.2402

The Aiken Standard www.aikenstandard.com

AIKEN COUNTY 1930 University Parkway, W, Aiken, SC 29801 803.642.2012 : : www.aikencountysc.gov The county is governed by the County Council, comprised of an elected-at-large Council Chairman and 8 members elected from single-member districts.

Council-administrator form of government

Council members are elected at large to four-year terms.

A county administrator is appointed by the county council to manage the day-to-day activities of the county.

CITY OF AIKEN 135 Laurens St, SW, Aiken, SC 29801 803.642.7654 : : www.cityofaikensc.gov

Local/Aiken County published daily

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The Augusta Chronicle www.chronicle.augusta.com Augusta-Aiken MSA published daily

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CABLE TELEVISION

Atlantic Broadband

855.703.3785 : : www.atlanticbb.com

Broadcast Television WAGT Television, Inc., NBC

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WFXG – TV 54, FOX

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WJBF-TV 6, ABC

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WRDW-TV, Inc., CBS

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The City of Aiken operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Under the Council-Manager Plan, the City Council sets policy guiding the city’s growth, development, and future. The City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer, much like the President of a corporation. Under this role, the City Manager is responsible for daily operations, including hiring and firing of all employees, as well as the efficient and effective use of funds approved by the City Council through the annual budget.

OT H E R A I K E N C O U N T Y C I T I E S + T OW N S Burnettown 803.593.2676 Jackson 803.471.2228 Monetta/Ridge Spring

803.685.5258

New Ellenton

803.652.2214

North Augusta

803.441.4202

Perry 803.564.5756 Salley 803.258.3485 Wagener 803.564.3412 Windsor 803.648.4355

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Postal Service

Transportation

U.S. Post Office 803.649.9211 : : www.usps.com

Aiken Taxi Transport 803.642.9910

Main Branch 307 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC 29801 Other locations may be found by calling 800.275.8777.

Taxes S T A T E I N C O M E T A X www.sctax.org/Tax+Information

South Carolina has a simplified income tax structure which follows the federal income tax laws. South Carolina accepts the adjustments, exemptions and deductions allowed on your federal tax return with few modifications. Your federal taxable income is the starting point in determining your state income tax liability. For more information, contact the Department of Revenue Publications Line at 803.898.5405 and ask for a free copy of the “Moving to South Carolina” brochure.

TA X R AT E S

Individual income tax rates range from 3% to a top rate of 7% on taxable income. Tax brackets are adjusted annually for inflation.

SC Express Transportation 803.648.9977 Private transit service Best Friend Express www.bestfriendexpress.com : : 803.649.7981 Public transit service Adults: $2.00 Students with ID: $1.50 Seniors/Disabled: $1.00 Medicare Card Holders: $1.00 Aiken Bus Station 803.648.6894 SC Department of Transportation 855.467.2368 Augusta Regional Airport 706.798.3236 24 miles from Aiken Served by two airlines: Delta and American Airlines Aiken Municipal Airport 803.648.7803 Private airport located in Aiken

H I G H W AY S

The Metro area has access to interstate highways: I-20 and I-520.

The area is serviced by three major U.S. highways and nearly 20 state highways.

S A L E S TA X

The South Carolina state sales tax rate is 6%.

There is a 1% Capital Projects Tax and a 1% Education Capital Improvement Tax in Aiken County.

An additional 1% Hospitality Tax applies to prepared food in the City of Aiken.

C O N TA C T I N F O R M AT I O N

S.C. Department of Revenue 803.898.5000 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29214 Aiken County Treasurer’s Office 803.642.2092 828 Richland Avenue, W., Aiken, SC 29801 City of Aiken Finance Department 803.642.7603 135 Laurens St., SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Telephone Service

RAIL SYSTEM www.amtrak.com : : 800.872.7245

Main line railroads serving the area include the CSX System and Norfolk Southern

Amtrak connects the region with other cities throughout the nation via rail. The two closest Amtrak stations are in Columbia and Denmark, South Carolina.

Voter Registration In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST: • Be a United States citizen • Be at least 18-years old on or before the next election

AT&T and Atlantic Broadband provide telephone service to customers in most of Aiken County.

• Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct

Deposits for home telephone services can vary depending on your individual credit rating and type of services ordered. Often deposits are waived for customers with an excellent payment record with a previous phone carrier.

• Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent

To place an order for residential service with AT&T, contact 800.288.2020.

To place an order for residential service with Atlantic Broadband, contact 888.301.8649.

• Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime • Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws or if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.


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Aiken County Voter Registration 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, SC 29801 803.642.2028

M O T O R V O T E R L AW

Circle-Go, Square-No One of Aiken's distinctive features is its layout of one-way streets and parkways in downtown, which is the result of the construction of the first major passenger railroad line built in the United States in the early 19th century. Traffic patterns in downtown Aiken are certainly unique and can be confusing especially if you are making a left turn.

If you are a United States citizens and 18 years of age or older, you may register to vote when you have a driver’s license issued or renewed. Your registration application will be forwarded to the registrar in your county of residence. You must present acceptable proof of your social security number.

The most difficult intersections to navigate are those with circular parkways in the middle. There are four and they are located at the intersections of Richland Avenue and Laurens Street, Richland Avenue and York Street, Chesterfield Street and Park Avenue, Laurens Street and Park Avenue.

Water

“A car turning left at a circle intersection will turn and come to a red light, which is where some drivers will feel like they need to stop,” said Aiken Public Safety. “A driver can legally go through that red light as long as they yield to the oncoming traffic.”

City of Aiken 803.642.7603 Bath Water & Sewer District 803.593.3221 Beech Island Rural Community Water District 803.827.1004 Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company 803.663.6455 Clearwater Water & Sewer District 803.593.3509 College Acres Public Works District 803.649.5619 Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority 803.279.1503

Square intersections are simple. “If a driver is coming down a one-way street and comes to a red light at a square-shaped intersection, the driver cannot go through that red light,” said Aiken Public Safety. “Yet, the driver can turn left at the red light onto the intersecting one-way street, as long as they yield to oncoming traffic.” Aiken Public Safety uses the quick saying “circle-go, square-no and when in doubt wait it out” when explaining to motorists when it's OK to go straight through a red light. Simple rules to follow when turning left:

Jackson Water Department 803.471.2229

Yield to oncoming traffic at intersections with circular parkways.

Langley Water & Sewer Department 803.593.3404

Come to a full stop and wait for a green light at intersections with square parkways.

Monetta Water Department 803.685.5258

Turning left on red onto one-way streets is legal in South Carolina, unless marked otherwise.

Impatient drivers beware: Even if it is legal to proceed through a red light, it's illegal to pass someone who's playing it safe and waiting at an intersection.

Montmorenci/Couchton Water District 803.648.9920 New Ellenton Public Works Commission 803.652.2862 City of North Augusta 803.441.4219 Perry Town Hall 803.564.5756 Talatha Rural Water District 803.652.1381 or 803.652.1390 Valley Public Service Authority 803.593.2053 Wagener Water Department 803.564.3412

Relocation

A citizen who wishes to register to vote can complete a voter registration application at their county board of voter registration.


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2018 Welcome Aiken Guide  
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