RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center has awarded 84 grants totaling $9.14 million to create jobs, improve the availability of health care, and plan water and sewer improvements in rural communities. The grants are projected to create or retain 1,169 jobs and assist projects in 44 counties.
The center’s board of directors approved the grants Feb. 29. The grants were made possible by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly and a grant to the Rural Center from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. [original press release]
The NC Rural Economic Development Center recently announced grants that will assist business growth in rural communities throughout North Carolina. Pittsboro received a $128,000 building reuse grant to renovate the former Pittsboro Chevrolet building, previously vacant, for use by Alpha Install, a technology service company.
Alpha Install, a nationally known communications installation company, announced it would locate its headquarters in Pittsboro in November 2011. The project will create 16 jobs.
Additionally, Regional Technology Strategies and The Collaborative Art Project received $100,000 to generate new product opportunities in the floor and tile industry. The grant will fund an effort to pair artists and industry by adding artistic and design elements to flooring products to be manufactured in Siler City. The project will increase workforce training, create 15 jobs, and retain another 15.