Marketplace radio profiles S.C. Promise Zone

16.02.marketplacelogoA pair of national radio stories on NPR’s Marketplace profiles activity going on in the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone that you might want to check out (you can read or listen to the stories by clicking on the links):

  • Fighting poverty one house at a time.”  This story profiles Allendale County Alive, an affordable housing agency seeking to use the area’s new Promise Zone status to fight poverty.  Allendale County, the poorest county in South Carolina, is one of six counties in the state designated as a federal Promise Zone, which ups their priority for grants and loans aimed at reducing poverty.
  • Can fixing infrastructure solve rural poverty?”  In this story, Marketplace reporter Caitlin Esch profiles an $8.3 million grant/loan package to Lowcountry Regional Water System of Hampton County that will pay for adding more capacity to two wastewater treatment systems, which is expected to  help make the Promise Zone county more attractive to potential businesses and industries.
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