Charleston, SC –The South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, Inc. announced the winners of its “Eagle Award of Excellence in Community Economic Development” during the first North/South Carolinas Conference on Community Economic Development (CED) September 25 – 27, 2007. The winners were three community development corporations (CDCs) that have excelled in advancing economic development in some of the state’s most distressed communities. The three winners were: • Allendale County Alive – A rural CDC based in Allendale County who, among other efforts, developed a commercial space to attract a Sav-a-Lot grocery store site as part of a local neighborhood revitalization project, Community Assistance Provider – A multi-county CDC has plans to develop and rehabilitated over 100 unites of affordable housing in 5 counties in South Carolina, and • Midlands CDC – A rural CDC based in Richland County who is a partner in a multi-use development in lower Richland County. Midlands CDC is currently developing the job/career development center that will focus on careers in the healthcare field.
All three of the winners are also grantees under the South Carolina Community economic Development Fund, managed jointly by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations. Awards were made to nine grantees receiving $770,500 in state funds provided through the South Carolina Legislature’s initial appropriation in 2006 of $1 million in funds pursuant to the South Carolina Community economic Development Act of 2000.