Beginning in 2008, project partners including SC NEMO, SC Sea Grant Consortium and the Clemson University Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science began to receive training on the online Community Resource Inventory tool that was initially developed by Connecticut NEMO and implemented in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Georgetown County was selected by the project partners as the recipient of an initial pilot program in South Carolina, due to the pressures of urbanization the region faces. A specific focus of the program is to include an educational and outreach component to be utilized in the land use planning process among key decision makers.
Funding for this project was provided by a larger grant from Cooperative Institute of Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) as administered by University of Connecticut in cooperation with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. This project is based on the online CRI developed by the University of Connecticut's Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) as franchised in partnership with the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Network. Funding for GIS web mapping technology is provided by Intelligent River™.