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County receives grant from Black River Co-op
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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. According to a press release, the county will use the grant funds to further develop the industrial park currently served by the cooperative. 

The state’s electric cooperatives, through the S.C. 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.

“We know Kershaw County is a great place to do business and this grant shows that Black River Electric Cooperative believes it as well,” Kershaw County Chairman Julian Burns said in the release. “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.”

Kershaw County Economic Development Director thanked Black River for all it does for the county.

“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,” McLean said.

Black River Electric CEO Charlie Allen said the cooperative is a part of the county and proud to be able to help through the RDA.

“Economic Development is important to all of us and we are excited to partner with Kershaw County,” Allen said.