“Congratulations to the City of Walterboro and its residents on receiving over $2 million in Promise Zone funding to upgrade the city’s sewer treatment facilities.
“The grant, which doesn’t have to be paid back, will pay for nearly all of the $3.4 million upgrade. The city also received an additional $500,000 grant from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority, further dropping the price tag. Plus the improvements could generate as many as 129 jobs in the community.
DEC. 4, 2015 | All the ink goes to tax breaks and incentives when a community is successful in attracting a new employer, but the recruiting of an economic development prospect involves everything, including arts and culture.
Often potential economic development factors like the arts and culture are overlooked.
Susan DuPlessis of the South Carolina Arts Commission, said, “It is all so knitted together that sometimes it is difficult to tease out all these different pieces.” Culture and the arts, she explained, is a vital part of a community’s quality of life “that helps make a place that people want to be.”
“The Promise Zone is not a big pot of money out there waiting for us to pick it up,” Andy Brack of the Center for a Better South told the standing-room-only crowd at U.S.C. Salkehatchie last Thursday morning.
“But there is a big pot of money out there — we just have to work to get it. We have to work together to get it,” Brack added at the start of the Colleton County workshop attended by approximately 140 people.
Brack and the Center for a Better South worked with the SouthernCarolina Alliance to put together the successful application to have a portion of Colleton County and five other Lowcountry counties designated a Promise Zone by the federal government.