A 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):
Company investing $66.8 million in six new Hampton County solar projects
OCT. 23, 2015 | Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken the first step towards investing $66.8 million in six new solar energy facilities in Hampton County.
“Building solar in Hampton County is about investing in the future by providing homes with clean, affordable energy,” said Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern. “We are thrilled to be long-term partners in the community and are thankful to county leaders, the State of South Carolina, and Sustainable Energy Solutions for their leadership.” 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
SEPT. 17, 2015 — Lowcountry Regional Water System is the first recipient of a multimillion dollar grant package through the new South Carolina Lowcountry Promise Zone, officials announced today.
A $1,864,000 grant and $6,480,000 loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the Hampton County-based water and sewer agency to make improvements that will expand sewerage capacity, which will make the county more attractive for economic development, said Brian Burgess, general manager of Lowcountry Regional Water System. The project also will allow the agency to rehabilitate sewer lines in Hampton, upgrade the agency’s water meter system throughout the county, and paint and repair water towers in Yemassee and Gifford. Read more