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The Municipal Association of South Carolina has awarded Hometown Economic Development Grants to 12 cities and towns. Up to $25,000 each, the grants are intended to support those economic development projects that will make a positive impact on a municipality's quality of life. The grant program also promotes and recognizes innovation in economic development practices.

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

2021 Hometown Economic Development Grant Winners

City of Beaufort – "South Coast Cyber Center"
Beaufort will repurpose a former school facility into the downtown headquarters for the South Coast Cyber Center, a world-class facility dedicated to cybersecurity, cyber defense education and innovation. 
Contact: Carrie Gorsuch, 843.986.5609

City of Cayce – "Cayce River Arts District" 
Cayce will infuse more public art into the Cayce River Arts District through everyday objects in order to continue the area’s redevelopment and growth. 
Contact: Sarah Harris, 803.550.9545

Town of Donalds – "Municipal and Historical Preservation Park" 
Grant funds will help fully restore, renovate and optimize the building and parcel of the Donalds Grange No. 497, a historic property that is a part of the South Carolina Heritage Corridor and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Contact: William O Scoggins Jr, 864.992.3650

City of Georgetown  – "Multi-Purpose Outdoor Marketplace and Park" 
In partnership with multiple organizations, Georgetown will redevelop the empty downtown site of the former city hall into a multipurpose facility to host farmers markets, food trucks, holiday markets and a variety of other attractions. 
Contact: Christopher Inglese, 843.545.4075

Town of Greeleyville  – "Historic Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project" 
The town will use grant funds as part of a CDBG match to fund streetscape upgrades to the Greeleyville Town Centre. 
Contact: Carlether Nesmith, 843.372.4248

Town of Honea Path  – "Main Street Facelift" 
Honea Path will assist business owners ready to make positive changes to their facades in an effort to continue downtown revitalization efforts. 
Contact: Jan Bratcher, 864.314.3359

Town of Moncks Corner  – "Miracle League Field" 
Building on the planning work it has pursued in recent years, Moncks Corner will use grant funds for construction of its Miracle League Field. 
Contact: Douglas Polen, 843.719.7913

Town of Pacolet  – "Continuing the Pacolet Tradition" 
The Pacolet Amphitheater grounds and infrastructure will be rehabilitated and upgraded to ensure its continued use as a traditional gathering place for town residents and community events. 
Contact: Allison Gantte, 864.431.3935

Town of Pelion  – "Revitalization, Restoration and Reuse of the Former Pelion Train Warehouse" 
Grant funds will restore Pelion’s former train warehouse into a museum and event space that will host meetings. 
Contact: Janice Poole, 803.894.3535

Town of Seabrook Island  – "Gateway and Wayfinding" 
Helping visitors find their way to local attractions and businesses will become easier with Seabrook Island’s grant-funded project to install gateway and wayfinding signage.
Contact: Joseph Cronin, 843.768.9121

Town of Society Hill  – "1822 Library Historic Preservation" 
In preparation for its bicentennial in 2022, Society Hill will conduct rehabilitation and preservation work on one of the oldest surviving public lending libraries in the state. 
Contact: Tommy Bradshaw, 843.616.6304

City of Westminster  – "Gateway to Revitalization" 
Westminster will enhance its Commercial Building Improvement Grant Program in an effort to include more downtown buildings in the city’ revitalization. 
Contact: Kevin Bronson, 864.647.3200

The Municipal Association launched the Hometown Economic Development Grants in 2016 and have awarded grants each year since then.