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Rural Infrastructure Authority Awards Nearly $15 Million in Grants for FY16

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For Immediate Release

May 4, 2016

Rural Infrastructure Authority awards

nearly $15 million in grants for FY16

 

COLUMBIA, S.C.- Recognizing that rural South Carolina needs to have the infrastructure necessary to support community development and growth, the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) recently awarded $4.9 million in grants for water, sewer and drainage projects across the state. This brings the total new project awards for the year to $14.5 million in 20 counties.

 

This RIA funding leverages an additional $66 million in investments for rural infrastructure improvements, ensuring that the distressed and least developed areas of our state remain competitive for economic development and community sustainability.

 

"These grant awards allow the RIA to assist communities with resources that are essential to economic vitality and sustainability," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, who also serves as chairman of the RIA's Board of Directors. "Connecting to basic necessities like water, waste water, drainage systems and other public facilities is critical to setting the table for economic development."

 

The projects awarded funding will address community water, sewer and drainage improvements and economic infrastructure needs. Most of the funding will be used to upgrade or improve aging facilities to protect public health and ensure environmental compliance. The remaining grants will increase the infrastructure capacity to support existing businesses and new economic opportunities. These projects will impact more than 23,000 customers and serve 2,491 businesses.

 

Eight projects were approved funding by the RIA Board in November and 14 projects were approved in May. Grants are awarded through a competitive process that identifies priority needs for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic development.

 

Applicants are required to match the RIA funding requests. A full list of grant recipients for fiscal year 2016 is below.

 

S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority FY2016 Grant Recipients

Andrews, Town of

Economic Water and Sewer Infrastructure

$500,000

Berkeley County

Economic Water Infrastructure

$3,000,000

Clinton, City of

Sewer System Improvements

$234,900

Darlington, City of

Drainage System Upgrade

$444,870

Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority

Sewer System Improvements

$250,000

Estill, Town of

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Florence, City of

Water Tank Construction

$500,000

Georgetown, City of

Drainage System Upgrade

$159,365

Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Jonesville, Town of

Water Line Upgrades

$161,000

Lake Marion Regional Water Agency

Economic Water Infrastructure

$3,000,000

Lancaster, City of

Sewer System Improvements

$1,500,000

Lowcountry Regional Water System

Economic Water and Sewer Infrastructure

$150,000

Ninety Six CPW

Water Line Upgrades

$350,000

Pageland, Town of

Economic Sewer Infrastructure

$443,850

Pendleton, Town of

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority

Water System Improvements

$500,000

Santee, Town of

Pump Station Upgrade

$417,195

Stuckey, Town of

Water Tank Construction

$137,500

Walterboro, City of

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Winnsboro, Town of

Water System Improvements

$500,000

Woodruff Roebuck Water District

Sewer System Improvements

$288,750

TOTAL FUNDS AWARDED

22 projects

$14,537,430

 

The purpose of the RIA is to support the construction and improvement of rural infrastructure through competitive grants and other financial assistance. The RIA is governed by a seven member board of directors, and the SC Secretary of Commerce serves as the chairman.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
afairwell@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 



 
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