Aug 04 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $1.3 million in grants will be awarded to South Carolina research institutions and healthcare providers. The awards include: Charleston The Medical University of South Carolina will receive a $616,079 grant to conduct research on reducing the burden of strokes. Columbia The University of South Carolina will receive a $544,718 grant to conduct heart and vascular disease research. Greenwood Carolina Health Centers will receive a $136,173 grant to develop a plan for providing comprehensive HIV primary health care services to underserved areas in the community. Rock Hill Catawba Care Coalition will receive a $64,800 grant to develop a plan for providing comprehensive HIV primary health care services to underserved areas in the community. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Jul 28 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $460,000 in grants to fire departments in North, Olar and Vance. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The Assistance to Firefighters Grants will assist the fire departments in purchasing new firefighting vehicles. North North Volunteer Fire Department will receive $156,893. Olar Govan Fire Department will receive $148,500. Vance Vance Volunteer Fire Department will receive $157,500. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Jul 28 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina will receive $4,970,500 in federal funds for the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. The funds will provide operational support, equipment, and help fund staff salaries at the Center. Graham secured the funds in the Fiscal Year 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and was notified today the funds will be released in the coming days. Congress passed the bill January 22, 2004. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 27 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and U.S. 3rd District Representative Gresham Barrett (R-Westminster) today announced Tri-County Technical College will receive a $30,918 grant and Piedmont Technical College will receive a $29,500 grant to aid the institutions in formulating comprehensive development plans. The funds can be used to identify and analyze problems at each institution as well as develop a comprehensive plan to address those issues. “South Carolina’s technical colleges play a vital role in our state’s education system,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “Their continued success is a key element in developing a highly-skilled work force that will drive South Carolina’s economic development in the 21st Century.” "There is no doubt that Tri-County Tech and Piedmont Tech are key in educating South Carolina's work force," said Barrett. "A vital part of the success of our technical colleges is the partnership they have with the community and the business sector. These grants will enable each to continue to produce valuable and highly-trained workers as our economy continues to improve and South Carolina looks to the future." The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 27 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Voorhees College will receive a $29,600 grant to support an international business and entrepreneurship program that focuses on building economic relationships with Brazil. The program provides students with the opportunity to experience the cultures of Brazil and the United States while learning international trade, marketing and management via bilingual inter-institutional curricula and internships. Voorhees will partner with the South Carolina World Trade Center, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Paul Quinn College in Texas, and two colleges in Brazil. The US-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 26 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Congress has approved $500,000 to support a joint project between South Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The funds will be used to produce a documentary detailing the stories of African-Americans who trained at Montford Point, North Carolina between 1942 and 1949 and became the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The funding was included in the 2005 Defense Appropriation Conference Report. The Conference Report provides $416.2 billion to the Department of Defense, including $25 billion in emergency spending requested by the President for early fiscal year 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This is an important part of our nation’s history and one that should be fully documented,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The men who trained at Montford Point are not as well known as the Buffalo Soldiers or the Tuskegee Airmen, but their role in advancing civil rights in the military and the country was just as significant.” The Montford Point Project, located just outside Camp Lejeune, replicated for African-American recruits the training other United States Marines received at Paris Island, South Carolina. Another aspect of the history of this group of Marines that adds a dimension of excitement to this project is the fact that some Montford Point Marines are alive and able to share their stories first-hand, although their ranks are rapidly thinning. The funds will be used to conduct research and interviews, and cover production costs. To date, more than twenty interviews have been recorded and extensive research has been conducted through the uncompensated efforts of officials at S.C. State and UNC-Wilmington. ####

Jul 26 2004

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced over $2.59 million in health grants for organizations in South Carolina. Charleston The Medical University of South Carolina will receive the following grants:
  • $488,003 to conduct youth violence research.
  • $217,977 to support advanced nursing degree education programs.
  • $200,902 to support pre-doctoral training programs in primary care.
  • $180,965 to support residency training programs in primary care.
Greenville Greenville General Hospital will receive a $225,500 grant to conduct cancer research. Little River Little River Medical Center will receive a $523,448 grant to expand Community Health Center services in the surrounding community. Community Health Centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care services to the medically underserved population in the communities. North Myrtle Beach Sea Haven, Inc. will receive a $200,000 grant for ongoing operational expenses in conjunction with the Transitional Living Program. The program assists older, homeless youth, including pregnant and parenting teens, in developing skills and resources to promote their independence and prevent future dependency on social services. State of South Carolina The State of South Carolina will receive a $562,500 grant to close the gap in infant mortality in the African-American community. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Jul 23 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and 3rd District U.S. Representative Gresham Barrett (R-Westminster) today announced military projects around the third district included in the 2005 Defense Appropriations Conference Report. The Conference Report provides $416.2 billion to the Department of Defense, including $25 billion in emergency spending requested by the President for early fiscal year 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation passed both the House of Representatives and Senate and will be sent to the White House. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. “South Carolina is in the forefront of developing cutting-edge military technology and equipping our men and women in uniform,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Many people in our state give their time, talent, and even their lives to provide for the defense of freedom throughout the world. The patriotism of South Carolina is unmatched. These projects will help ensure that America continues to have the best trained and equipped fighting force in history.” “There is no doubt that supporting the military and appreciating the freedoms they defend are sewn into the fabric of South Carolina,” said former Army Captain Gresham Barrett. “I'm proud to represent a district where technology exists to improve the capabilities of our military and their quality of life. This funding will help South Carolina businesses continue to ensure that our military is using start of the art equipment.” Local projects in the bill include:
  • Easley: $1.75 million to North American Rescue Products for Combat Casualty Care Equipment: Some U.S. Marine Corps medical equipment, especially evacuation litters, is old and not compatible with Navy/NATO equipment and helicopter stanchions. These funds will help in the medical modernization effort.
  • Clemson: $3.5 million to Clemson University for Advanced Photonic Composite Research: Modern communications including radar and satellite systems, display technologies, optical fiber networks for telephony and the Internet, rely on materials and devices that can carry and process information in the form of light. The Department of Defense wants to maintain our competitive edge in the technology arena. One way to fulfill this goal is to reduce the size, weight, reliability, and costs to develop of photonic composites.
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Jul 23 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and 1st District U.S. Representative Henry Brown (R-Hanahan) today announced military projects in the Charleston area included in the 2005 Defense Appropriations Conference Report. The Conference Report provides $416.2 billion to the Department of Defense, including $25 billion in emergency spending requested by the President for early fiscal year 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation passed both the House of Representatives and Senate and will be sent to the White House. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. “South Carolina is in the forefront of developing cutting-edge military technology and equipping our men and women in uniform,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Many people in our state give their time, talent, and even their lives to provide for the defense of freedom throughout the world. The patriotism of South Carolina is unmatched. These projects will help ensure that America continues to have the best trained and equipped fighting force in history.” Congressman Brown said, "The First District is on the front line in our country's War on Terror. I am proud of the contribution that our technology partners are making in this on-going effort, and I applaud their work in support of our uniformed services." Charleston area projects in the bill include:
  • $4.5 million to Technical Solutions in Ladson: Technical Solutions produces the Buffalo, an armored vehicle that protects against landmines and explosive blasts. The Army has already purchased 24 vehicles which are deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.
  • $2 million to SEICOR Automated Container & Cargo Handling System in Charleston: The funds will be used for design, fabrication and testing of a Phase III full-scale ship mounted Autolog container and cargo handling system. This system will enable ships to transfer cargo in high seas. Phase I and Phase II programs totaling $1.1 million have already been completed.
  • $2.8 million to Marine Containers in Charleston: The Department of Defense will purchase approximately 120,000 Quadruple Specialty Containers (Quadcons).
  • $3.5 million to SPAWAR in Charleston for Collaborative Information Warfare Network (CIWN) and $1.5 million to SPAWAR to Critical Infrastructure Protection Center (CIPC): The Collaborative Information Warfare Network (CIWN) is the backbone of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Center (CIPC) being developed at SPAWAR. The CIPC applies systems security engineering to reduce risks from terrorism across all infrastructure sectors. Utilizing SPAWAR’s high technology network-centric engineering facility and the CIPC’s information sharing and analysis architecture, the Center is developing tools to effectively fuse vital information, validating best practices to help ensure the availability, integrity, confidentiality and accountability of critical systems.
  • $2 million to the South Carolina Research Authority in Charleston for Active Coating Technology (ACT): The ACT initiative results in coatings that actively adapt in real time to threats. The coatings sense conditions and change properties to overcome risks to successful missions. This will allow the Army to initiate the development of coatings for tanks which can actively adapt to the surrounding environment (changing color), repair themselves, inhibit corrosion, and reduce the signature of the vehicle. The coatings are environmentally compliant and economical to use.
  • $2 million to GenPhar in Charleston: The need for effective vaccine treatments in cases of exposure to dangerous virus outbreaks is critical to the safety of U.S. Armed Forces personnel deployed in combat theaters and the U.S. civilian population. The dengue virus is one of the most dangerous of these viruses due to its debilitating characteristics. Because of the damage dengue wreaks on personnel readiness, the military has long pursued a vaccine against all the viruses’ strains. Working with the Naval Medical Research Center, the Multivalent Dengue Vaccine Program will provide a state-of-the art multivalent dengue vaccine that will enhance the health, safety, performance and deployment readiness of U.S. military personnel.
  • $2.6 million to Scientific Research Corporation in Charleston: Joint Threat Warning Systems (JTWS) provides individual units with lightweight equipment matched to the worldwide mission requirements of Special Operations Forces regardless of their area of operations.
  • $1 million to Supply Chain Practices for Affordable Navy Systems (SPANS) in Charleston: The mission of the SPANS program is to improve the affordability of Navy acquisition programs by increasing the efficiency of the supporting supply chain network. The objective is to help prime contractors work with their supply chains in the context of the new acquisition practices.
  • $1.5 million to LEAN Munitions Program in Charleston: Lean Munitions will implement a 3-D MODEL-BASED “Lean Munitions” design and manufacturing lifecycle support system.
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Jul 23 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and 2nd District Congressman Joe Wilson (R-Lexington) today said they were pleased with passage of the 2005 Defense Appropriations Conference Report The Conference Report provides $416.2 billion to the Department of Defense, including $25 billion in emergency spending requested by the President for early fiscal year 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation passed both the House of Representatives and Senate and will be sent to the White House. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. “South Carolina is in the forefront of developing cutting-edge military technology and equipping our men and women in uniform,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Many people in our state give their time, talent, and even their lives to provide for the defense of freedom throughout the world. The patriotism of South Carolina is unmatched. This bill will ensure that America continues to have the best trained and equipped fighting force in history.” “As we continue to make progress in the War on Terror, this bill will ensure that our men and women from South Carolina serving on the front lines have the equipment, training and technology they need to succeed,” said Congressman Wilson. “The military of our state and their families make extraordinary sacrifices everyday to protect Americans from future acts of terrorism. By fully funding President Bush's call for a military pay increase, we are renewing our commitment to the armed forces and their families.” Graham and Wilson noted $2.7 million will go to Belford Research in Hilton Head. Belford has developed a processing technology to enhance silicon chip speeds by over 140 percent while cutting their power consumption by half. After initial funding through the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Program, Belford has patented a “strained silicon” technology process which has attracted international acclaim and Fortune 500 interest. FN Manufacturing of Columbia will also share in a $10 million appropriation for production of the M-249, a portable, high-fire volume, highly reliable light machine gun. The weapon serves as one of the Army and Marine Corps most valuable infantry weapon systems. #####