5/9 UPDATE: New grant opportunities, webinars, more

An update of new funding opportunities and resources for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone

UPDATE OVERVIEW

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

RECENT NEWS:   A wire decking and shelving company is investing $2.5 million in a Walterboro facility that will create 50 jobs; and an Allendale County health care organization has won a $325,000 health infrastructure grant from the federal government.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Learn about a grant program that funds outcome-focused education strategies and a host of other education-related grant opportunities.  Additionally, there’s information on the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Challenge; Treasury’s Low-income taxpayer clinic grant program;  a new funding program for health centers; and a USDA effort to fund rural broadband.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:  There are several other funding opportunities with coming deadlines  — from water and wastewater grants and an HUD jobs program to other programs to grow rural businesses and help with specialty crop development.

COMING EVENTS:  Check out information on a June Peer Learning Exchange program in Mississippi for Promise Zone partners to learn about what other communities are doing to make improvements.  Also available:  webinars on summer meal programs, , affordable housing, Community Connect grants and more.

RESOURCES:  Read recent articles and studies that support Promise Zone activities. Read more

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Wire company to open Walterboro operations

MAY 5, 2016  |  A Minnesota-based wire decking and shelving company will invest $2.5 million to open a 31,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Walterboro.  The project is expected to create 50 new jobs, officials said.

“It’s exciting to see a company like J&L Wire, which is dedicated to making products right here in the U.S., make the decision to establish operations in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.  “J&L’s $2.5 million investment and the 50 new jobs it means for Colleton County are real reasons to celebrate in Colleton and across our entire state.”

J&L Wire, which is headquartered in St. Paul., Minn., will open its state-of-the-art facility in the former Press Building on Mable T. Willis Boulevard in Walterboro.  The company, which was founded in 1980,  is a leading manufacturer of galvanized wire decking and shelving used in warehouse storage, material handling and logistics. The established product line includes Galva-Deck® wire decking and Boss Hog™ woven wire flooring for agricultural confinement panels.  Read more

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4/27 UPDATE: Coming webinar, workshop, opportunities

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

OVERVIEW

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

RECENT NEWS:  Below you’ll find two broadband briefs — one on a new program offered by AT&T to provide low-cost broadband Internet to qualified households and another from the USDA that seeks grant applications to develop broadband in rural areas.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Learn about almost a dozen new funding opportunities that to grow jobs, curb substance abuse, build capital in communities and more.

COMING EVENTS Check out the host of new webinars and events that can benefit Promise Zone stakeholders.

RESOURCES Read recent articles and studies that support Promise Zone activities.

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4/20: USDA seeks applications for $11.7 million in broadband grants for rural communities

USDA LogoWASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service.

“Through Community Connect and our other telecommunications programs, USDA helps to ensure that rural residents have access to broadband to run businesses, get the most from their education and benefit from the infinite services that fast, reliable broadband provides,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to supporting America’s rural communities through targeted investments in our bioeconomy and renewable energy, local and regional food systems, conservation initiatives and rural development.” Read more

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