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
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.