The SRS Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to diversify the economy of a five-county region, the SRSCRO Region of Georgia and South Carolina. SRSCRO counties include Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell in South Carolina and Richmond (Augusta) and Columbia counties in Georgia.
The SRSCRO is governed by a 22-member Board of Directors appointed by local governments, chambers of commerce, and members of the South Carolina and Georgia Congressional Delegations. Our overall objective is to create an environment conducive to technology-based startups, business expansions and to attract new ventures to the region.
The SRSCRO was originally created as the Savannah River Regional Diversification Initiative (SRRDI) in 1993 by Congressman Butler Derrick of South Carolina with support from Congressman Don Johnson and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia.
These members of Congress worked with then-Secretary of Energy Hazel O’Leary to promote economic development by addressing changes at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site resulting from downsizing at the end of the Cold War.
SRSCRO is composed of business, government and academic leaders from Georgia and South Carolina. Initially, its mission was to develop and implement a regional economic development plan utilizing technology-based facilities at the Savannah River Site. Today, the SRSCRO remains focused on diversifying the region’s economy by supporting new business ventures that create new jobs in the region.
Located in the rapidly growing southeast, the region includes Richmond and Columbia counties in Georgia and Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties in South Carolina. The area includes the cities of Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC and is less than three hours drive from Atlanta, Charlotte, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island.