6/29 UPDATE: New grant opportunities, webinars, more

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

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

RECENT NEWS:   A Bamberg County company is expanding, which will create 50 new jobs.  The Obama Administration has announced nine more Promise Zones.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: The opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines are from the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Labor.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:  Read about three other health-related funding opportunities with deadlines approaching.

RESOURCES:  Take a look at links to a dozen reports that range in helpful subject matter from food hubs to rural income inequality. Read more

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Masonite International’s expansion to create 50 new jobs

JUNE 9, 2016  |  An expansion of the Bamberg County operations of Masonite International will create 50 new jobs over the next year, officials announced this month.

The company, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of decorative interior doors and entry door systems, says it expects additional growth in the future.  Featuring a wide array of patented designs for frames, stain kits and building materials, Masonite International operates more than 70 locations around the world–with 37 sites in the United States alone. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.

“South Carolina continues to build on its reputation as a leader in manufacturing, and Masonite’s decision to expand in Denmark is another big win for our state,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.  “It’s special any time we see a company succeed and grow in one of our rural communities, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 50 new jobs this expansion means for Bamberg County.”

The 50 new positions will allow Masonite’s Denmark, S.C.,facility to add another auto line shift. Additional growth and capacity increases are expected to take place through the first quarter of 2017. There are also plans for the creation of a weekend shift, which will require additional staffing in auxiliary support departments.

“Masonite is a fine company that has been an asset to our county,” said Bamberg County Council Chairman Isaiah Odom.  “Every good job they provide in our area creates a better future for a family here, where Masonite continues to expand. We congratulate the company and want to help Masonite flourish in Bamberg County.”

If you are interested in applying for any of the new positions, visit the company’s careers page online for more information. Applications must be submitted in person at the facility, which is located at 1349 Locust Avenue in Denmark.

  • For more information on Masonite International, visit masonite.com.
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Van Pelt to serve as new Promise Zone coordinator

SRNS engineer has more than 28 years of executive, professional experience

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JUNE 9, 2016 — A Savannah River Site executive with broad strategic experience has been named the new coordinator for the six counties in the federally-designated S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone, officials announced today.

Dean Van Pelt, who has 28 years of experience of management and engineering support at the site as a contractor, has been named a loaned executive by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SNRS).  He will coordinate efforts to improve economic, employment, educational and other outcomes, said Danny Black, president and CEO of SouthernCarolina Alliance (SCA).  The Alliance is lead organization of the Promise Zone, which includes all or parts of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Read more

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5/31 UPDATE: News, grant opportunities, webinars, more

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

logo_updateUPDATE OVERVIEW

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

RECENT NEWS:   A Promise Zone partner will host a training session on community development on July 13; MUSC is a new Promise Zone partner; and the SouthernCarolina Alliance celebrates 20 years of bringing good jobs to the region.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: The state of South Carolina has $4 million for new housing initiatives.  The federal government has $300 million for strategic economic and community development. Read more

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