Chester County has been awarded a $2.9 million federal grant to support wastewater treatment improvements for the Chester Sewer District, according to County Supervisor Shane Stuart.
The infrastructure improvements will create 300 new jobs and generate $100 million in private investment, according to the county’s estimates and a U.S. Department of Commerce news release. The grant will help increase sewer capacity along the S.C. 9 industrial corridor, Stuart said.
That will help support new business Carolina Poly, Inc., as well as other future sites in the industrial corridor, Stuart said. Poly-American, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the United States, originally said it would invest $100 million to open a Chester County facility. Stuart says Carolina Poly, Inc., will start operations in May 2017.
The federal grant comes from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will help to spur Chester County job creation, according to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
“Ensuring that our communities have the infrastructure they need to grow and thrive is a key priority for the Economic Development Administration,” Pritzker said in the news release. “This EDA grant will facilitate necessary infrastructure improvements that will boost employment opportunities in the region’s workforce.”
Stuart wrote in an email that the Chester Sewer District had been proactively pursuing all avenues to increase its sewer capacity, which he said was a key to economic development.