Commentary by Dean Van Pelt, S.C. Promise Zone | Because the six southern counties of South Carolina are in the federally-designated S.C. Promise Zone, there are tremendous opportunities for local organizations to tap into federal funding.
But there’s a catch: Federal dollars won’t rain down on our area unless we ask for them by applying for grants and loans.
The burden is on organizations that want to make a difference. They have to go through the sometimes arduous, time-consuming process of filling in forms and submitting applications to federal agencies if they want to receive funding for projects that will grow jobs, increase commerce, advance education, create better health care, improve infrastructure, leverage capital, boost affordable housing and more. Read more
Health-related grants will pump nearly $2.5 million into Promise Zone, neighboring areas
JULY 26, 2016 — Promise Zone communities and neighboring counties have received four federal grants worth almost $2.5 million that will pump health-related services into the region.
“These grants are the kind on-the-ground funds that should help make kids and adults healthier in our areas,” said Dean Van Pelt, coordinator of the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone, which includes all or parts of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Read more
SRNS engineer has more than 28 years of executive, professional experience
JUNE 9, 2016 — A Savannah River Site executive with broad strategic experience has been named the new coordinator for the six counties in the federally-designated S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone, officials announced today.
Dean Van Pelt, who has 28 years of experience of management and engineering support at the site as a contractor, has been named a loaned executive by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SNRS). He will coordinate efforts to improve economic, employment, educational and other outcomes, said Danny Black, president and CEO of SouthernCarolina Alliance (SCA). The Alliance is lead organization of the Promise Zone, which includes all or parts of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Read more