Jun 24 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded 22 aviation grants for over $5 million to various government and transportation entities throughout the state. The following grants have been awarded:
  • $132,900 to Marlboro County for improvements to the Marlboro County Jetport-H.E. Avent Field. The funds will be used to install runway lighting, install miscellaneous navigational aids, remove obstructions, and install weather reporting equipment;
  • $150,000 to the Chester County Airport Commission to rehabilitate the runway at the Chester Municipal Airport;
  • $112,036 to Newberry County to conduct an environmental survey for proposed runway redevelopment at the Newberry County Airport;
  • $158,000 to Pelion to install perimeter fencing at the Pelion Corporate Airport.
  • $150,000 to Aiken to rehabilitate the apron at Aiken Municipal Airport;
  • $150,000 to Kershaw County to install a Runway Vertical/Visual Guidance System at Woodward Field;
  • $237,751 to Oconee County to extend the runway and install perimeter fencing at Oconee County Regional Airport;
  • $150,000 to Hartsville to rehabilitate the runway lighting and install perimeter fencing at Hartsville Regional Airport;
  • $495,000 to Allendale County to construct a taxiway at the Allendale County Airport;
  • $150,000 to Walterboro County to extend the runway at Lowcountry Regional Airport;
  • $216,610 to Cheraw to extend the runway at Cheraw Municipal/Lynch Bellinger Field;
  • $150,000 to Laurens County to construct a taxiway at the Laurens County Airport;
  • $150,000 to Pageland to rehabilitate the runway lighting at the Pageland Airport;
  • $150,000 to Fairfield County to extend the runway at the Fairfield County Airport;
  • $235,455 to Georgetown County to rehabilitate the apron and taxiway at the Robert F. Swinnie Airport;
  • $200,950 to Georgetown County to construct a taxiway and conduct an environmental study at the Georgetown County Airport;
  • $295,000 to Berkeley County to extend the runway at the Berkeley County Airport;
  • $150,000 to the City of Sumter to rehabilitate the runway at the Sumter Airport;
  • $828,000 to Horry County to rehabilitate the runway at the Conway-Horry County Airport;
  • $253,855 to Greenwood County to install perimeter fencing at the Greenwood County Airport;
  • $223,000 to Williamsburg County to rehabilitate the apron and taxiway at the Williamsburg County Airport;
  • $331,830 to Horry County to expand the apron at the Grand Strand Airport.
“This is great news for South Carolina,” said Graham. “Airport improvements help improve passenger safety and increase the state’s ability to accommodate travel. This not only encourages tourism, but also makes South Carolina more attractive for business investment and economic development.”

Jun 24 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded an $88,000 grant to the Five Rivers Community Development Corporation in Georgetown. Georgetown is located in the 1st Congressional District of U.S. Representative Henry Brown. The funds will be used to continue the development of a training and technical assistance program for small and emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in Georgetown. Technical assistance will include money management, economic equality, and building financial assets. In addition, a trade association of Georgetown County will be developed to assist with various marketing strategies. “This is a great investment in the future of Georgetown and South Carolina,” said Graham. “The jobs created by this project and the success of these new business ventures will increase the attractiveness of this area to other companies and encourage future economic development.”

Jun 24 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $65,000 grant to Erskine College to support the operation of the Lakeland Center for Entrepreneurs. The Center will provide technical assistance to start-up businesses in Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick counties. The funds will be used for development, marketing, specialized furnishings, and equipment for the Center. Erskine College will provide a building to house the Center, and space will be leased to tenants in the early stages of business start-up. Tenants will have access to office furniture, equipment, and necessary communications. “This is a great investment in the future of Abbeville and the surrounding counties,” said Graham. “The jobs created by this project and the success of these new business ventures will increase the attractiveness of this area to other companies and encourage future economic development.”

Jun 23 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the South Carolina Department of Public Safety a $1.074 million dollar grant to support substance abuse treatment programs. The funds will be used to support residential substance abuse treatment facilities that are set apart from programs in correctional or detention facilities. The programs supported by this grant are intended to support previously unserved or underserved populations, and provide treatment for six to twelve months. Treatment programs will focus on the substance abuse problems of offenders and develop their cognitive, behavioral, social and vocational skills. Projects to be funded may include treatment programs for high-risk offenders between the ages of 17 and 25 sentenced under the South Carolina Youthful Offender Act. “This money will help rehabilitate drug offenders, and help them to become more productive members of society,” said Graham.

Jun 20 2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Florence and Rock Hill $200,000 each for a brownfields assessment grant. Florence will use the grant to perform environmental site assessments on brownfields in seven targeted areas of the city. These include a 20-acre site that inhibits economic growth in some low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood. Rock Hill will use the funds to conduct four Phase II assessments of former textile mills in the Arcade-Westside neighborhood area. Funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities and redevelopment of planning for three of the four sites to be assessed. The Arcade-Westside area contains several small business operations, but has lost four major textile mills in the last 15 years. The 2,500 residents of the neighborhood surrounding the targeted area relied heavily on these mills for employment. On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants and job training grants. The Brownfields Program brings together states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic development to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

Jun 19 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded grants to Greenville County, Charleston County, and the City of Spartanburg totaling $9.18 million. The money will support the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs.
  • Greenville County will receive $2.92 million for CDBG Programs for neighborhood revitalization, infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation, and new home ownership programs; $1.199 million in HOME Investment Partnership funds; and $91,000 in ESG funds.
  • Charleston County will receive $2.499 million for CDBG Programs primarily consisting of housing rehabilitation, water and sewer facilities, storm drainage, and other housing and public facility improvements; $1.085 million for HOME Investment Partnership Programs; and $99,000 in ESG funds.
  • The City of Spartanburg will receive $922,000 for CDGB Programs for housing rehabilitation, home ownership programs, public services, code enforcement, land acquisition, and economic development; and $366,274 for HOME Investment Partnership Programs.
“This is an investment in the future and will help improve the quality of life for many South Carolinians,” said Graham. “These funds will enable people with housing needs to establish themselves in the community and contribute to the overall economic health of the state.”
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) develops viable communities and provides decent housing and a suitable living environment by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing for low-income households. It allows communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • The Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funds for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter for the homeless and for homeless prevention activities.

Jun 19 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded the University of South Carolina a $343,000 grant for clinical research. The money will be used to conduct clinical research related to neurological disorders. This funding is a continuation of previous awards to support this research. “The cutting edge research done at USC and other universities in our state places our institutions at the top of their field,” said Graham. “I am proud of their work, and their effort to help improve lives.”

Jun 19 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $296,000 grant and approved a $1.299 million loan to Trico Water Company in Dillon County. The funds will be used for the installation of water lines in the Bingham area of Dillon County, and the installation of transmission lines from the Fred Hyatt Water Treatment Plant to connect with the existing treatment system at the I-95 and SC-38 interchange. This project is expected to benefit over 5,400 households and numerous commercial and industrial users. “This project will help Trico more effectively serve the people of Dillon County,” said Graham. “It will increase their ability to provide a reliable source of water to residents, and more efficiently dispose of waste. This money improves lives, and makes the area more attractive for economic development.”

Jun 18 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) a $185,000 Rural Business Enterprise grant to assist minority owned businesses. The funds will be used to provide technical assistance to approximately 10 new small to medium minority-owned manufacturing companies. The grant service area includes 30 under-developed counties in South Carolina, identified by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. “This is a great investment in South Carolina’s economy,” said Graham. “This money will help establish new businesses, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth in regions of the state that may otherwise receive little attention. By supporting these businesses from the ground up, they will have a greater chance at success.” Graham also noted that this project calls on the SCMEP to offer continued support to the businesses assisted by this initial grant.

Jun 17 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the South Carolina Department of Public Safety a $1.99 million grant to help combat violence against women. The STOP Violence Against Women program encourages the development and implementation of effective, victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to address violent crimes against women. The program is a partnership among law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim advocacy organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable for their crimes against women. “It’s truly unfortunate that South Carolina has one of the highest rates in the nation of murder committed by men against their wives or partner,” said Graham. “We can and need to do better. I hope and believe this grant is a step in the right direction. We must protect the safety and security of our citizens and hold criminals accountable for their actions.”