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Infrastructure grants to help S.C. communities

Tuesday, November 28, 2017  
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NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2017

 

Infrastructure grants to help S.C. communities

S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approves grant assistance for 28 communities

 

COLUMBIA, S.C.--The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 28 communities totaling more than $12 million to ensure safe drinking water for residents and provide infrastructure reliability for area businesses. Funds will be used for construction of pump stations, elevated water storage tanks, line extensions as well as upgrades to treatment plants. Recipients share in the cost of projects by paying for non-construction activities and, often times, providing additional funds for construction.

 

With nearly two-thirds of projects in more rural and less developed counties, the RIA grant program provides an opportunity for applicants to address their most pressing infrastructure needs.

 

"These funds are vital to help communities make the necessary investments to modernize and improve their water and sewer infrastructure," said executive director Bonnie Ammons.

 

Whether it's constructing a new well to meet the daily demand for water in a community, upgrading outdated sewer lines or mitigating the health and safety risks of flooding by improving a neighborhood's drainage infrastructure, these grant awards will have a significant impact on the residents and businesses that they serve.

 

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria, including: severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility.

 

A list of grant recipients to date in fiscal year 2018 is below. To learn more about RIA or how to apply for grant assistance, visit www.ria.sc.gov.

 

Aiken County - Breezy Hill Water and Sewer Co.

Water and Sewer Improvements

$500,000

Barnwell, City of

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Batesburg-Leesville, Town of

Water Tank Improvements

$130,515

Beaufort-Jasper County Water & Sewer Authority

Sewer Line Extension

$500,000

Berkeley County Water and Sanitation

Pump Station Upgrade

$500,000

Blacksburg, Town of

Economic Sewer Improvements

$480,500

Clarendon County

Water System Improvements

$486,080

Dalzell Rural Water District

Water System Improvements

$190,781

Denmark, City of

Economic Water and Sewer Infrastructure

$500,000

Dillon County

Economic Water and Sewer Infrastructure

$500,000

Easley Combined Utilities

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Fort Mill, Town of

Economic Water Improvements

$500,000

Gaffney Board of Public Works

Sewer System Improvements

$473,000

Georgetown County Water and Sewer District

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Great Falls, Town of

Pump Station Upgrade

$290,000

Greenville Water

Economic Water Improvements

$500,000

Horry County

Drainage System Upgrade

$336,226

Lake City, City of

Water Tank Improvements

$251,250

Lancaster County Water and Sewer District

Water Line Improvements

$500,000

Lockhart, Town of

Sewer System Improvements

$365,000

Manning, City of

Sewer System Improvements

$496,800

McColl, Town of

Water System Improvements

$500,000

Newberry County Water & Sewer Authority

Water Tank Improvements

$404,000

Pageland, Town of

Sewer System Improvements

$500,000

Saluda County

Economic Water Infrastructure

$338,663

Union, City of

Economic Sewer Improvements

$1,000,000

Whitmire, Town of

Water Tank Improvements

$164,897

Winnsboro, Town of

Sewer System Improvements

$424,600

TOTAL

28 projects

$12,332,312

 

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College Systemvia readySCto support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, South Carolina has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

Media Contacts:

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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S.C. Department of Commerce

SCcommerce.com

(803) 737-0400

marketing@sccommerce.com

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600

Columbia SC 29201

 

 


 
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