Jun 24 2003
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishopWASHINGTON- 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 24 2003
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishopWASHINGTON- 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
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishopWASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $643,500 grant and approved a $813,000 loan to Wallace Water Company in Marlboro County. The funds will be used to provide an extension of waterlines and to purchase water from Richmond, NC. The project will connect the existing water system in Marlboro County with the system in Richmond, and will serve northern Marlboro County. “This project will help Wallace more effectively serve the people of Marlboro County,” said Graham. “It will increase their ability to provide a reliable source of water to residents. This money improves lives, and makes the area more attractive for economic development.”
Jun 23 2003
SC Department of Public Safety to Receive Over $1 Million in Federal Grant Money for Substance Abuse Programs
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishopWASHINGTON- 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
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishopWASHINGTON – 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
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishopWASHINGTON -- 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.
- 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.