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​Eight cities and towns across the state were recently awarded a Hometown Economic Development Grant by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  The grants are to implement economic development projects that will make a positive impact on the quality of life in their communities. The grant program also promotes and recognizes innovation in economic development practices.

The Municipal Association board of directors created this grant program last year to fund projects that will produce measurable results, can be maintained over time and illustrate best practices for that can be replicated in other cities.

Beaufort – Support the newly established public private partnership with the Charleston Digital Corridor to establish and manage the Beaufort Digital Corridor for the City of Beaufort.
Contact: Bill Prokop, 843.525.7070

Clinton – Engage an architectural firm to create a professional master plan and strategic vision for the Industrial Supply Company warehouse complex in downtown Clinton.
Contact: Jerre Threatt, 864.833.7505

Gaffney – Fund over a two-year period the Gaffney Main Street Challenge Competition to bring new businesses to Gaffney's downtown.
Contact: James Taylor, 864.487.6247

Manning – Engage a professional services firm to assist the city to develop retail strategy thinking, marketing data and trade brochures for use at retail recruiting conferences.
Contact: Scott Tanner, 803.435.8477

Ridgeway – Restore and repair iconic structures in the town and rehabilitate sidewalks in support of the town's "Paint the Town Red with Revitalization" campaign.
Contact: Charlene Herring, 803.337.2213

Walterboro –Fund engineering costs for the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary Discovery Center, the gateway to the ACE Basin.
Contact: Jeff Molinari, 843.782.1011

West Pelzer and Pelzer –Develop a Main Street Corridor Master Plan and Economic Impact Analysis for both towns. 
Contact: Blake Sanders, 864.947.6297

Williamston – Fund a façade improvement grant program and the Mustang Alley feasibility study.
Contact: Sonya Crandall, 864.650.7075

Each municipality will receive $25,000 to implement a project ranging from community master plans and retail recruitment to downtown revitalization and tourism development. Cities and towns receiving the grant must provide matching funds. Matching amounts, determined by a city's population, will range from 5 percent to 15 percent of the grant award. Cities can use in-kind contributions or other grant funds as their match. Seventy-six municipalities applied for the grants.

An awards committee comprised of former local government and state agency professionals evaluated grant applications. Cities and towns receiving a grant must submit reports about the progress and successes of each grant-funded project and provide financial details of how the grant funds were used.