Siler City receives $3 million grant for wastewater upgrades

RALEIGH, NC - April 19, 2018 - The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 15 grant requests totaling more than $6.5 million, NC Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced. Among the grant recipients was Siler City, which will receive a $3 million grant to support upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant.

"Communities need infrastructure such as buildings, water and sewer, and ready sites to attract business," said Secretary Copeland. "The grants the Rural Infrastructure Authority approved today will help rural communities secure economic development projects and bring jobs to their area."

The $3 million grant will help upgrade and enhance nutrient removal capabilites of a wastewater treatment plant to handle flows from a proposed processing plant. The project will include replacing the plant aeration system, process control system and flow patterns. Mountaire Farms announced a new poultry processing plant in May 2016. The company will create 1,280 jobs and bring $156 million in private investment.

The RIA approved the town's request under the state's federally-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Economic Development program. The Community Development Block Grant program is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program administered in part by NC Commerce. CDBG's economic development funds provide grants to local governments for creating and retaining jobs. Project funding is based on the number of jobs to be created and the level of economic distress of applicant communities. 

Read the full release from the NC Department of Commerce here:

April 19, 2018