For immediate release (10/17/12)
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center has awarded 17 grants totaling $4.3 million to create jobs, provide clean water and assist with economic development in rural counties. The grants will create 453 jobs and aid projects in 15 counties.
The center's board of directors approved the grants Oct. 15. The grants were made possible by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly and state clean water bonds.
The board awarded 14 grants worth $4.1 million for projects that directly lead to job creation. Economic infrastructure grants enable new business locations or expansions through water and sewer, broadband, natural gas line and transportation improvements. Building reuse grants prepare vacant buildings for use by job-generating businesses, support the expansion and renovation of manufacturing facilities and enable construction or renovation of health care facilities.
City of Archdale, $700,000 for sewer infrastructure improvements for an expanding furniture company. The project will create 70 jobs in the Randolph County town.
City of Asheboro, $23,293 for water and sewer improvements for a new health center. The project will create three jobs in the Randolph County town.
Halifax County, $872,000 in two grants, one for sewer infrastructure improvements and one for the construction of a rail spur for a new lumber business. The project will create 138 jobs.
Henderson County, $28,121 for water system improvements for a new brewing company. This award supplements funds awarded earlier this year. The new grant will create an additional three jobs, bringing the project's total to 57.
Hoke County, $1 million for water system improvements for two new hospitals. The projects will create 100 jobs.
Currituck County, $20,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a salon/spa business. The project will create three jobs.
Town of Elkin, $180,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a flooring manufacturer. The project will create 15 jobs in the Surry County town.
Town of Morganton, $240,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by an expanding manufacturing company. The project will create 20 jobs in the Burke County town.
City of Rocky Mount, $200,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a new department and grocery store. The project will create 25 jobs in Edgecombe County.
Rutherford County, $480,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a food processor. The project will create 40 jobs.
Stokes County, $96,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a machining and manufacturing company. The project will create eight jobs.
Town of Wallace, $48,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a furniture and electronics retailer. The project will create eight jobs in the Duplin County town.
Yadkin County, $240,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a manufacturer of home fragrance products. The project will create 20 jobs.
This grant program funds water and sewer projects that address public or environmental health issues.
City of Eden, $40,000 to perform testing on the city's aging water system and to prepare a plan for making capital improvements in the Rockingham County town.
N.C. State University, $60,189 to expand a study of the effectiveness of kenaf fibers in sewage treatment. This is in addition to a grant previously awarded for the project. The kenaf plant is native to Africa and Asia but can be grown in North Carolina. The plant's fibers are naturally absorbent.
Town of Vanceboro, $40,000 to clean and inspect a portion of the town's wastewater system and to prepare a plan for making system improvements in the Craven County town.