Story below. Workshop participants include, from left: Pamela Davis, Barnwell Parks and Rec; Phillip Ford, Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg; Tim Hicks, Barnwell School District 45; Michele Cardwell, USDA State Office – Columbia; Sheena Solomon, Hampton School District 2; Johnny Davis, Jasper County Parks and Rec; Danny Lucas, Estill Town Administrator; Mallory Biering, Keep Bamberg Beautiful; mDevona Youmans, Hampton School District 2; Brittany Barnwell, Bamberg County Emergency Services; Rebecca Owens, Hampton County; Kathy Tharin, Allendale PZ Action Team; Erica Salley, USDA State Office – Columbia; Russell Wells, Jasper County Emergency Services; Michelle Strickland, Walterboro Tourism Director; Pam Nobles, Barnwell, SCA; and Donald Dodd, Jasper County Fire & Rescue. (HIGH-RES PHOTO DOWNLOAD)
Four-day program prepares Promise Zone partners on how to seek funding
JAN. 8, 2017 – Seventeen Promise Zone representatives recently completed an intensive, four-day Grant Writing Certification Program offered by SouthernCarolina Alliance to give them better tools to seek grants and take advantage of opportunities offered by the Promise Zone designation.
“We have heard some frustrations from our partners, supporters and the general public on how hard it is to find relevant grant opportunities, conduct appropriate research, write compelling applications and win grant money that’s available,” said Promise Zone Coordinator Dean Van Pelt. “Based on input from several focus groups, the Promise Zone’s lead organizer, SouthernCarolina Alliance, contracted with the University of South Carolina to offer a four-day grant-writing program to improve the skill sets of our partners and supporters so we can write more and better applications, which we hope will lead to more funding to help people in our six-county region.” Read more
By Danny Black, President and CEO, SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance
BARNWELL, S.C. — Hundreds of people from our neck of the woods helped to craft the new long-term strategic action plan that will guide the South Carolina Lowcountry Promise Zone in the years ahead. Months of truly collaborative work provide us with a detailed map of what we need to do and how we must work together to reduce poverty by growing jobs, improving education, reducing crime and building more opportunities for citizens who live in the six counties of the Southern Carolina region.
Last year, you may recall, our area received a coveted Promise Zone designation from the federal government to encourage local governments, state agencies and area organizations to apply for federal grants and loans. Because we were named the South Carolina Lowcountry Promise Zone, applications benefitting our residents get special preferences, which should infuse significant federal dollars here to go with the millions of capital investment that the SouthernCarolina Alliance has been successful in bringing here for the last 20 years. Read more
Susan Glisson of Oxford, Miss., makes a point during a small group session as other participants listen. Also pictured, from left: Claire Anderson, Center for a Better South; Lavastian Glenn, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Bill Milliken, Alexandria, Va.
FEB. 2, 2016 | A dozen leading thinkers and analysts from across the South met over the weekend to learn about the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone and make suggestions to broaden the impact of its collaborative efforts to reduce poverty.
“The ThinkBIG conference was an important step in our planning process in realizing our Promise Zone goals,” said Danny Black, president and CEO of SouthernCarolina Alliance, the lead organization of the Promise Zone. “We were fortunate to have guidance from and discussion with experts from around the country in rural economic and community development, who joined us to share fresh ideas and innovative approaches to our challenges.” Read more
Nupi Americas, Inc., to start warehousing, distribution operations
OCT. 22, 2015 | Nupi Americas, Inc., announced today it would invest $4.9 million in Hampton County to establish warehousing and distribution operations for piping and air-conditioning systems. Over the next five years, the business is expected to generate 37 new jobs, according to state officials
“It truly is a reason to celebrate when a company decides to invest in one of our rural counties,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We have always made it a priority to show the world that all of South Carolina is open for business, and Nupi America’s investment in Hampton County does exactly that. We’re thrilled to welcome Nupi America to the South Carolina family, and look forward to watching its operations in Hampton thrive and grow.” Read more