A $2.3 million grant to construct sewer infrastructure in support of a health care center will also help spur other economic development projects on a 20-acres site in Woodruff, according to the city manager.
The city has been working for several years to bring more health care services to the town, Lee Bailey said, and the grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration will pave the way for a provider, which is not yet being identified.
“We can’t say who the provider is yet but it will be a health care center on Highway 101, and it will open more development along 101,” Bailey said. “More health care is something that (Woodruff City) Council and myself have been focused on the last three years. Good things take time and it will serve our community well.”
Woodruff is growing, Bailey said, with 3,000 new rooftops on the planning boards.
The Commerce Department grant will be matched with $570,980 in local funds, according to a Commerce news release, and create 18 jobs and generate $3.5 million in private investment.
“President Biden is committed to supporting communities in developing safe and resilient infrastructure to serve businesses and create American jobs,” said Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo said in the release. “This EDA investment will facilitate the expansion of the region’s commercial, health care, and industrial sectors to create new economic opportunities and good-paying jobs.”
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the S.C. Appalachian Council of Governments, the release said. EDA funds the council to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.