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Fairfield Electric awards $300,000 to Kershaw County

Posted: February 5, 2018 5:39 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County Council members and Fairfield Electric Cooperative officials gather after a recent council meeting during which the cooperative awarded $300,000 in franchise fees to the county for economic development purposes.Gathered are (from left) Kershaw County Councilman Dennis Arledge; Mark Howard of Fairfield Electric; Fairfield Electric boardmembers Tim Hopkins and Kenny Miles; councilmen Tom Gardner and Sammy Tucker Jr.; Fairfield Electric CEO Bill Hart; boardmember Mitch Rabon; and councilmen Jimmy Jones, Ben Connell and Al Bozard.

Fairfield Electric Cooperative awarded $300,000 in licenses fee credit funds to Kershaw County to continue the development of Heritage Pointe Industrial Park and the construction of the park’s first speculative building.  

 At the Jan. 23 Kershaw County Council meeting, Economic Development Director Peggy McLean publicly thanked Fairfield Electric President and CEO, Bill Hart, for his company’s generous donation and their continual support to Kershaw County.  

 “We are extremely grateful to Fairfield Electric Cooperative,” McLean said. “These funds will be used to further develop The Heritage Pointe Industrial Park -- improving our marketability to prospective companies.”  

“This is awesome,” Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns said. “Fairfield Electric’s partnership is one that plays an important role in the growth of our community. We are deeply thankful for their vested interest and support as we continue to move Kershaw County forward.” 

 “Our relationship with Kershaw County is one we are proud of,” Bill Hart, Fairfield Electric CEO. “We pledge to continue to provide reliable and cost-effective electric service to our Kershaw County customers and look forward to being a part of this community’s future.”  

Fairfield Electric Cooperative serves more than 28,500 customers in Kershaw, Fairfield, Richland, Chester and York Counties and is one of 20 electric cooperatives in South Carolina. Together these cooperatives serve more than 750,000 customers in all 46 counties within the state.  

 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, wastewater, roadway improvements, land acquisition, and speculative building construction.  

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