For immediate release (12/06/12)
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center has awarded 37 grants totaling $5.4 million to create jobs, provide clean water and assist with economic development in rural counties. The grants will create 587 jobs and assist projects benefiting 34 counties.
The grants were approved by the center’s board of directors Dec. 5 and made possible by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly and state clean water bonds.
The board awarded 16 grants worth $4.1 million for projects that lead directly to job creation. Economic infrastructure grants enable new business locations or expansions through water and sewer improvements, broadband expansion, natural gas line extensions, construction of access roads and other infrastructure improvements. Building reuse grants prepare vacant buildings for use by job-generating businesses and support the expansion and renovation of occupied buildings if that work leads to new, permanent jobs. Funding is provided by the N.C. General Assembly.
Town of Faison, $200,000 for water system improvements to assist an expanding produce company. The project will create 20 jobs in the Duplin County town.
Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission, $421,900 in two grants for water system and airport runway improvements to assist an expanding automotive parts manufacturer. The project will create 66 jobs in Scotland County.
Lincoln County, $671,400 for water system improvements to an expanding automotive parts manufacturer. The project will create 68 jobs.
Town of Aberdeen, $150,000 to assist with the expansion of a custom kiosk manufacturer. The project will create 30 jobs in the Moore County town.
Burke County, $40,000 to assist with the expansion of a Morganton manufacturer. The project will create eight jobs.
Columbus County, $312,000 to renovate a vacant Whiteville building for use by a manufacturer of window films. The project will create 26 jobs.
City of King's Mountain, $480,000 to renovate two vacant buildings for use by an energy consulting company. The project will create 40 jobs in the Cleveland Couny town.
Dare County, $48,000 to renovate a vacant Wanchese building for use by a convenience and hardware store. The project will create six jobs.
Martin County, $400,000 to assist with the expansion of a Robersonville trail mix and nut company. The project will create 80 jobs.
Nash County, $280,000 to assist with the expansion of an elevator product company in Rocky Mount. The project will create 56 jobs.
Person County, $500,000 to assist with the expansion of an automotive parts manufacturer in Roxboro. The project will create 100 jobs.
Polk County, $113,227 to assist with the expansion of a Tryon textile company. The project will create 23 jobs.
Wayne County, $85,000 to assist with the expansion of an electrical component manufacturer in Goldsboro. The project will create 17 jobs.
Wilkes County, $144,000 to renovate a vacant Wilkesboro building for use by a manufacturer of beekeeping equipment. The project will create 12 jobs.
This grant program funds water and sewer projects that address critical public or environmental health issues. Funding is provided by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly and the state's 1998 Clean Water Bonds.
Edgecombe County, $34,125 to assess water and wastewater lines in the Town of Princeville.
Town of Farmville, $400,000 to renovate a wastewater pump station in the Pitt County town.
Town of Hookerton, $24,000 to devise plans for stabilizing a portion of the bank of Contentnea Creek, which is adjacent to the Greene County town's wastewater lagoon. The erosion-control measure is designed to prevent a wastewater spill into the creek.
Town of Waynesville, $30,000 to assess a water and sewer system adjacent to the Haywood County town.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS
The board approved grants totaling $815,500 to 17 community development corporations around the state. The grants provide financial assistance to minority CDCs to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in low-income communities. The program is funded by the N.C. General Assembly.
Grants were awarded to: Bayboro Development Center in Pamlico County, $56,000; Blue Springs CDC in Hoke County, $55,000; Columbus County DREAM Center, $50,000; Countywide CDC in Brunswick County, $47,500; Cumberland Regional Improvement Corp., $50,000; Eagle/Market Streets Development Corp. in Buncombe County, $50,000; Goler CDC in Forsyth County, $50,000; New Life CDC in Washington County, $42,500; Olive Hill Community Economic Corp. in Burke County, $46,000; One Dozen Who Care in Cherokee County, $50,000; Regeneration Development Group in Halifax County, $35,000; Restoration CDC in Wake and southern Franklin counties, $46,500; River City CDC in Pasquotank County, $57,000; Sampson County CDC, $42,500; Triad Economic Development Corp. in Guilford County $42,500; Tyrrell County CDC, $57,000; Warren Family Institute in Warren County, $38,000.
The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop sound economic strategies that improve the quality of life in rural North Carolina, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources. The center operates a multifaceted program that includes conducting research into rural issues; testing promising rural development strategies; advocating for policy and program innovations; and building the productive capacity of rural leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations.