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Several South Carolina municipalities are slated to benefit from public improvement projects, including a $750,000 drainage improvement grant for the Town of Cameron.

“The success of our business recruitment starts with having strong infrastructure and a good quality of life,” said state Commerce Department Secretary Bobby Hitt. “Through these improvements to public infrastructure, we continue to help set the table for economic development in communities across South Carolina.”

Commerce awards Community Development Block Grant funds in the fall and the spring of each year. Selected through a statewide competitive process, local governments receiving CDBG funding are required to provide at least a 10 percent match in funding to complete the projects.

The Calhoun County Transportation Committee will pay $50,000 toward the Cameron project, which will leave the town to pay $25,000. Cameron Town Council voted earlier this year to green light the funds.

The funds are earmarked for a drainage system to prevent flooding in the town of nearly 500 residents. Residents have expressed concern about the flooding issue for the past decade.

Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state’s behalf.

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Community Development Block Grants assist communities in providing housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

The grant is part of $13 million in funds from the latest round of the CDBG program. The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to 24 local municipalities, which will affect an estimated 12,591 residents.

Hampton County received the largest grant at $1M, while Berkeley County is slated to get $269,350.

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