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Kershaw County receives infrastructure improvement grant from Black River Electric Cooperative

January 25, 2016

Media Contact: Lauren Reeder
Kershaw County Economic Development

Kershaw County, SC – Black River Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $50,000 Rural Development Act (RDA) grant to Kershaw County for infrastructure improvements to Governor’s Hill Industrial Park, the 200 acre county-owned park located at I-20 Exit 101. The grant will be used to further develop the industrial park currently served by the cooperative.


The Cooperatives, through The South Carolina Rural Development Act of 1996, are allowed to provide funds for infrastructure improvements at industrial parks. Allowable expenditures include water, sewer, and roadway improvements as well as land acquisition and shell building construction.


Black River Electric serves customers in Kershaw, Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter Counties and is 1 of 20 cooperatives in South Carolina. Together these Cooperatives serve more than 500,000 customers in over 70% of the state.



“Black River Electric Cooperative is part of this county and we are proud to be in a position to take advantage of the S.C. Rural Development Act. Economic Development is important to all of us and we are excited to partner with Kershaw County.”

- Charlie Allen, Black River Electric Cooperative CEO


“We know Kershaw County is a great place to do business and this grant shows that Black River Electric Cooperative believes it as well. Their support for our community has been evident since their establishment in 1940 and we are excited to have them as members of our team.”

- Julian Burns, Kershaw County Chairman


“This Rural Development Act grant from Black River Electric Cooperative is a true testament to the value of economic development partnerships Together we are creating a community of growth and prosperity. We thank them for all they do for Kershaw County.”

- Peggy McLean, Kershaw County Economic Development Director


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"The new Mechatronics Program at Central Carolina Technical College's Kershaw County Campus will help us meet one of the most significant needs of our industries today -- the industrial maintenance technician. Graduates will be well prepared to perform a critical role in the modern, automated workplace found in today's manufacturing plants. This is essential for the continued success of our local industries and broadens the opportunities of our students."
-- Peggy McLean - Kershaw County Economic Development Director