Clyburn: Bill funds projects; SCSU, museum, water system can get money | Local

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jul 21, 2022

A US House-approved bill contains funds for local projects, including a new ROTC building at South Carolina State University, the Orangeburg Railroad Corner revitalization effort, and the regional water of Lake Marion.

Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn announced he had secured nearly $28 million for nine community projects across South Carolina as part of the minibus appropriations bill.

Passing the bill in the House is just the first step, according to Clyburn District Press Secretary Brandon Hernandez.

“It still has to be passed by the Senate, and then the president has to sign it. It is therefore only a question of the adoption by the House of this bill. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens on the Senate side,” Hernandez said.

The bill includes $703,256 for the redevelopment of Railroad Corner by the City of Orangeburg.

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Specifically, the money is earmarked for the rehabilitation of the historic State Theater on Boulevard Street near downtown Orangeburg.

The rehabilitated facility is expected to house a civil rights museum that will serve as the centerpiece of Orangeburg’s Railroad Corner redevelopment.

“It’s great. It will be very helpful, and I can’t express how grateful we are to Congressman Clyburn for his efforts. He has certainly always been a champion for South Carolina and the city of Orangeburg and our HBCUs,” said Sidney, Administrator for the City of Orangeburg. Evering said.

The Administrator continued, “This will be very helpful in helping the Civil Rights Museum come to fruition. We are just so grateful on behalf of the City of Orangeburg and the City Council. Obviously, the Railroad Corner project is a important project. It is a flagship project for our downtown revitalization efforts.”

Evering said the museum would be of great benefit to the city and the state.

Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams “is one of the most, if not the most, eminent civil rights photographers in the country, and to have his museum at Railroad Corner and to have him there for generations to come and for visitors is a great advantage,” said the administrator.

Other local projects include:

• South Carolina State University ROTC Training Center, $4 million

• Water Infrastructure Project (Orangeburg-Berkeley Scope) to supply water to the US Highway 176 Corridor in Orangeburg County and Berkeley County in the Camp Hall area, $10,511,000.

The following items are also included in the invoice:

• $5.385 million for the African American Civil Rights Network, including $3.4 million to support the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina, and $26.75 million additional dollars for the historic preservation of sites and stories related to the rights movement.

• $33 million to the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission to promote economic development in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

• $560 million to expand high-speed broadband service and improve education and telehealth. This includes an additional $450 million for the ReConnect program, which has already helped more than 297,000 homes connect. These funds are in addition to the $65 billion for affordable broadband service included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

• $20 million for legal assistance to tenants facing eviction, which builds on legislation introduced by Clyburn in 2020.


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• $11.5 million for the Rural Energy Savings Program, an initiative originally launched by C Clyburn in 2010 to improve energy efficiency in rural areas.

• $10 million for HBCU Historic Preservation, the total amount of funds authorized at Clyburn’s request, which was included in the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act in 2019. recipients are not required to provide matching funds.

• $5 million for South Carolina HBCUs to support the well production mission at the Savannah River site.

• Nearly $1.6 billion for the Savannah River site, including full payment-in-lieu funding to provide critical funding for schools, emergency services and operations in Aiken Counties, Allendale and Barnwell.

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