Snow Hill and Holly Ridge receive rural community grants to attract new jobs

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) — Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 11 local government grant applications totaling $3,702,500. Snow Hill and Holly Ridge are the East Carolina towns among the approved grant applications.

According to Governor Cooper, the demands include commitments to create a total of 486 jobs, with public investment in these projects attracting more than $32 million in private investment.

In Greene County, a $75,000 grant will support the renovation of a 10,559 square foot building in Snow Hill occupied by Building Envelope Erection Services, Inc. The company, which produces and installs aluminum, glass and other facade components for commercial building projects, expects to create nine jobs and invest $873,825 in the project.

“Rural infrastructure grants are helping accelerate the recovery in our state,” Governor Cooper said. “Stronger, more resilient buildings and water and sewer systems attract good jobs for North Carolina residents and greater investment from innovative businesses.”

In Onslow County, a $150,000 grant will support the demolition and removal of driveways and asphalt runways in the Phase II section of the Camp Davis Industrial Park in Holly Ridge. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted funds for the construction of stormwater. The Industrial Development Fund – Utilities Account provided funds for water, sewer and roads for Phase II of the park. This grant could attract $50,000 in additional funds for the demolition project, while the entire project will support job creation and future private investment.

The team of rural economic development professionals from the North Carolina Department of Commerce supports the work of RIA. RIA members review and approve funding requests from local communities. Funding comes from a variety of specialized grant and loan programs offered and managed by NC Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division, headed by Assistant Secretary for Rural Development, Kenny Flowers.

Grants can support a variety of activities, including infrastructure development, renovation, expansion and demolition of buildings, and site improvements.

“Through these new grants, we will help support the resilience of rural North Carolina so they can attract jobs and build for the future,” said North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle. Baker Sanders. “Our Rural Economic Development Division and RIA are proud to continue to work with local communities to create the conditions for economic growth.”

In addition to reviewing and approving applications for funding, the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority formulates policies and priorities for the grant and loan programs administered by NC Commerce’s rural economic development team. Its 17 voting members are appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate Pro Tem.

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