For immediate release (7/1/13)
Contact: Matt Ehlers, 919-250-4314
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center announces $5.6 million in grants to provide clean water and assist with economic development in rural counties. The 38 grants will create 604 jobs and assist projects benefiting 29 counties.
The grants were approved by the center’s board of directors June 26 and made possible by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly, state Clean Water Bonds and private donations.
These grants seek to ensure a clean, abundant supply of drinking water and the safe treatment and disposal of wastewater. The grants also help rural governments plan for water and sewer improvements.
Town of Ahoskie, $20,000 for a water-loss detection study in the Hertford County town.
Town of Bakersville, $147,529 to purchase and install an iron-filtration system to clean well water in the Mitchell County town. This award represents an increase to the original grant of $300,000.
Town of Benson, $16,700 to map the sewer system in the Johnston County town.
Town of Chadbourn, $15,000 to create a water and sewer asset-management plan for the Columbus County town.
Town of Elizabethtown, $14,800 to integrate the Bladen County town's water and sewer maps with those of Parkton and Tabor City.
Town of Enfield, $15,000 to create a water and sewer asset-management plan for the Halifax County town.
Town of Granite Falls, $30,000 to map the water and sewer infrastructure in the Caldwell County town.
Henderson County, $300,000 to extend water lines to a community with polluted wells.
Town of Princeville, $84,420 to help replace fire hydrants in the Edgecombe County town.
Town of Ramseur, $14,737 for a sewer evaluation survey in the Randolph County town.
Seagrove-Ulah Metropolitan Water District, $9,000 to examine water-quality issues in the Randolph County water district.
Town of Sharpsburg, $15,000 for a leak-detection and meter-replacement study of the water system in the Edgecombe County town.
Town of Tarboro, $18,400 to examine water-quality issues in the Edgecombe County town.
Onslow Water and Sewer Authority, $500,000 to build two wells that will help Onslow County communities reduce their dependence on a local aquifer.
Building reuse grants prepare vacant buildings for use by job-generating businesses and support the expansion and renovation of certain types of occupied buildings if that work leads to new, permanent jobs. The Rural Hope initiative spurs job creation in the health care sector while improving the availability and quality of health care services in rural communities. 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.
Town of Ahoskie, $15,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a bakery/restaurant. The project will create three jobs in the Hertford County town.
Alexander County, $25,000 to support the expansion of a company that manufactures parts from wood, plastics and fiberglass. The project will create five jobs.
Cleveland County, $480,000 to support the expansion of a company that manufactures polymer filtration products. The project will create 96 jobs.
McDowell County, $300,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a company that manufactures propane and gas components. The project will create 30 jobs.
Pitt County, $60,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a biological testing company. The project will create 12 jobs.
City of Rocky Mount, $91,900 to support the expansion of a plastics manufacturer. The project will create 20 jobs in the Nash County town.
City of Trinity, $30,000 to support the expansion of an adhesives company. The project will create six jobs in the Randolph County town.
City of Mount Airy, $100,000 to support the expansion of a blacksmith and iron repair shop. The project will create 20 jobs in the Surry County town.
Brunswick County, $44,592 to renovate a building in Supply for use by a heath care staffing agency. The project will create nine jobs.
Town of Smithfield, $200,000 to renovate a vacant building for use by a comprehensive medical and social services center for the elderly. The project will create 40 jobs in the Johnston County town.
City of Rocky Mount, $130,000 to renovate a building for use by a medical clinic. The project will create 26 jobs in the Nash County town.
Town of Marshville, $557,000 for water and sewer improvements for a health care facility. The project will create 56 jobs in the Union County town.
Montgomery County, $595,885 for water system improvements to a site where a company plans to expand. The project will create 120 jobs.
Sampson County, $781,500 for water improvements for an alternative energy company. The project will create 79 jobs.
Scotland County, $550,000 for water and sewer improvements for an automotive parts manufacturer. The project will create 55 jobs.
Town of Stoneville, $320,000 for water and sewer improvements for a new retirement community. The project will create 32 jobs in the Rockingham County town.
NEW GENERATION LEADERS
This program encourages young people, ages 16 to 30, to become more active in civic and economic affairs, in part by tackling community improvement projects. In the eight selected communities, teams of young people will work with established leaders to design and implement a project while also immersing themselves in the community's history, culture and economy.
Grants require collaboration by local organizations. Each grant is worth $20,000
Lead organizations and the areas their projects will serve are: Avery County Schools, Avery County; Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Carteret County; Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension, Edgecombe County; Harnett Voices of Harnett County Cooperative Extension, Harnett County; Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, Haywood County; Mount Airy Professionals of Surry, Surry County; River City Community Development Corp., Pasquotank County; Town of Maysville, Jones County.
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.