11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northhampton, and Wilson counties.

"I am proud to announce these funds that have been secured by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments. This money will help them develop a strategic economic roadmap for the region. The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments should be pleased with the work they have done to secure this grant," Burr said.

This grant will be used to support development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the counties in the district overseen by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments. This process is designed to bring together representatives from the private sector, as well as government officials to create a strategy to diversify and strengthen the local economy.