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Black River Electric Cooperative Grant Awarded to Kershaw County

January 24, 2017

Media Contact 803.425.7685
Lauren Reeder
lauren.reeder@kershaw.sc.gov
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Kershaw County, SC – Kershaw County has been awarded a $75,000 Rural Development Act (RDA) Grant by Black River Electric Cooperative. The grant will be used for infrastructure improvements at Governor’s Hill Industrial Park located at I-20’s Exit 101.    

To publicly thank Black River Electric Cooperative, Economic Development Director Peggy McLean recognized company representatives Charlie Allen and Brenda Chase as well as Board Member Ron Prestage at the January 24th Kershaw County Council Meeting. “We are extremely thankful for the strong economic development support Black River Electric has shown our community,” stated McLean. “Their continued generosity has helped Kershaw County develop Governor’s Hill Industrial Park into a vibrant and marketable industrial property.”

“I am continually amazed at Black River Electric’s dedication to Kershaw County,” said County Chairman Julian Burns. “This is truly a company that believes in our community and wants to be a part of helping us succeed. For that, my hat goes off to you.”

Through The South Carolina Rural Development Act of 1996, the state’s cooperatives are allowed to provide funds for infrastructure improvements within industrial parks they serve. Allowable expenditures include water, sewer, road way improvements, land acquisition as well as shell building construction.

Black River Electric Cooperative serves more than 32,000 customers in Kershaw, Sumter, Lee, and Clarendon Counties and is one of 20 cooperatives in South Carolina. Together these cooperatives serve more than 750,000 customers in all 46 counties of the state.

 

QUOTES

“We are extremely proud to partner with Kershaw County and its efforts in economic development. We believe in the cooperative effort and know that your success is our success.”

- Charlie Allen, Black River Electric Cooperative CEO

“I am continually amazed at Black River Electric’s dedication to Kershaw County. This is truly a company that believes in our community and wants to be a part of helping us succeed. For that, my hat goes off to you.”

- Julian Burns, Kershaw County Council Chairman

“We are extremely thankful for the strong economic development support Black River Electric has shown our community. Their continued generosity has helped Kershaw County develop Governor’s Hill Industrial Park into a vibrant and marketable industrial property.”

- Peggy McLean, Kershaw County Economic Development Director

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"Kershaw County has a wonderful manufacturing base because we have a 'manufacturing attitude' about us. We are well-positioned for industry with convenient availability to land, sea, and air access to U.S. and world markets. Companies can look forward to a growing workforce to keep pace with their own growth."
-- Peggy McLean, Kershaw County Economic Development Director