Promise Zone town halls to be next week in Bamberg, Walterboro

Officials will outline progress, discuss new training academy

16.scpz.newsLeaders of community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to attend town hall meetings next week in Bamberg and Colleton counties to learn about progress in the S.C. Promise Zone and help to develop a new training program

  • Oct. 3, 5 p.m. — Bamberg County residents are encouraged to attend a one-hour information session  at Bamberg County Council chambers in Bamberg for the Promise Zone update and focus group about training opportunities.  The meeting will end at 6 p.m. to allow for the monthly meeting of Bamberg County Council, which will start at 6:30 p.m.
    • Location:  Council chambers, 2959 Main Highway, Bamberg, S.C.
  • Oct. 4, 4:45 p.m. — Colleton County residents will receive a similar update and be able to participate in a discussion about training opportunities.  The meeting, which will be held in Colleton County Council chambers, will end at 5:45 p.m. to allow for a scheduled meeting of Colleton County Council.
    • Location: Council chambers, 109 Benson St., Walterboro, S.C.

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9/21 UPDATE: New grant opportunities and more

New grant funding opportunities and resources for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone


logo_updateIn this update, you will find new information and recent news on a variety of topics, including:

COORDINATOR’S CORNER:  Dean Van Pelt outlines a recent $4 million Labor Department grant submitted through a Promise Zone collaboration.

RECENT NEWS:   Learn more about a new Bamberg business and a television chef who visited the area to push education.

COMING EVENTS:  The S.C. Association of Community Economic Development three meetings in the next few weeks to outline its new Healthy Insights project, which includes grant funding to make inroads against diabetes and obesity.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:  Learn about several community economic development and capacity-building grant opportunities that Promise Zone communities can take advantage of.

RESOURCES:  This section provides links to studies and stories on rural health, education and more. Read more

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Chef Jeff to visit Promise Zone on Thursday


Republished with permission from Statehouse Report  |  Chef Jeff Henderson broke out of the cycle of poverty and drugs, but first, he had to serve more than nine years in a federal prison in California.

Henderson, a nationally-known chef with television shows and books on his resume, will tour the Palmetto State this week in programs coordinated by Columbia’s EdVenture Children’s Museum.  On Thursday in stops in Allendale and Barnwell counties, he’ll challenge disadvantaged youths to aspire to and live the American dream, not get sucked into generational poverty that too often traps people in a downward spiral.

“The one word that I always use when I’m speaking to men in prison who have life [sentences] who will never get out is ‘hope’,” the 52-year-old ex-con said.  “The word I use to folks who come from generational poverty is ‘hope.’

“We always have to cling to hope that there is always going to be a better day.” Read more

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