Columbus County receives $2.1 million state grant

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 22 grant requests totaling $15,802,945, for eight areas across the state, including Columbus County. 

N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced the requests include commitments to create a total of 429 new jobs. 

Columbus County will receive a $2,120,938 grant to help improve infrastructure for water and sewer services at the International Logistics Park, a megasite with approximately 1,100 acres in Columbus and Brunswick Counties.

This infrastructure will also benefit the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park in Brunswick County. The project will extend water lines to connect the two counties’ water systems and provide resiliency to each. A proposed 500,000-gallon elevated water tank would provide adequate water pressure to alleviate water main pressure spikes. Sewer improvements include a gravity line to serve the site as well as additional pump stations.

“These investments will help our rural communities prepare for and win business,” said Secretary Copeland. “The Rural Infrastructure Authority’s work supports necessary infrastructure improvements and projects that will help communities prepare and compete for jobs.”

Other areas benefiting from the state grants include: Conover (Catawba County), Davidson County, Mocksville (Davie County), Bessemer City (Gaston County),  City of Laurinburg (Scotland County), City of Albemarle (Stanly County) and  Cherokee County.

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