Grant Funds Awarded for Roads Project
By Emily Hodge
The Oconee Economic Alliance (OEA) is delighted to announce that on July 6, the Appalachian Regional Commission approved $1,249,303 to Oconee County for the funding of the Oconee Industry & Technology Park Access Roads project. The grant, which was written and submitted by the OEA, will support the improvement and construction of 1.37 miles of roadways, including widening 0.42 miles of SC Hwy 11, and paving a combined 0.95 miles over two industrial park interior roads. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will administer the project, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will serve as the basic federal agency for the project.
Receiving this grant will also help to provide critical infrastructure for the “Workforce Development Campus” inside the Oconee Industry & Technology Park. This campus marks a unique partnership between Oconee County, the School District of Oconee County, and Tri-County Technical College that will benefit the region by increasing the quality and quantity of qualified workforce in our area. During the past few months, over 1 million cubic yards of dirt has been moved to pave the way for a new TCTC campus, a new high school career center, and a new adult education facility.
The Roads project will also provide necessary infrastructure to shovel-ready sites for potential companies looking to locate within the park. It is estimated that the project will support the creation of 80 new jobs and provide technical training opportunities for 560 students.
Emily Hodge is an economic development specialist for the Oconee Economic Alliance, which is a public-private nonprofit effort to accelerate job creation and capital investment, increase per capita income, diversify the local tax base and generate awareness of Oconee County as a business location. To learn more visit www.InvestOconeeSC.com.