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Commissioners Approve EDA Grant Request

PCC Had Asked Pitt County to Become Co-Applicant for Federal Funding

By Alex Freedman
PCC Media Relations Specialist

GREENVILLE—During a special meeting Wednesday, the Pitt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a request by Pitt Community College President G. Dennis Massey to make the board co-applicants of a $2 million- federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant application.

This preliminary portion of the EDA grant application process calls for commissioners to be co-applicants because they are listed as facilitators of a $19.9 million-bond referendum Pitt County voters approved during the November 2013 municipal elections.

Of the $19.9 million-bond, $18 million will go toward construction of the college’s proposed 68,000-square-foot STEM building. If the EDA approves PCC’s grant application, the college would receive as much as $2 million to invest in the STEM building. That would allow PCC to increase the square footage by another 6,000-7,000 square feet, making it the largest building on campus when it has been completed.

“We’re requesting $2 million from this EDA grant,” Massey said. “We feel that’s commensurate with the jobs we’ll produce, with the partners we have, and with the possibilities that we’ll realize.”

During yesterday’s public meeting, Massey said the grant approval process would take the EDA another 40-45 days. He says PCC is well aligned with the requirements of the EDA grant because of the college’s strong ties to economic development through its workforce development training and Gov. Pat McCrory’s new NCWorks initiative.

PCC is currently the only North Carolina-based project requesting EDA grant funds; however, seven other states are in the running.

Massey has also consulted with three other North Carolina colleges that have previously received the EDA grant: Aiken Technical College ($2.6 million), Richmond Community College ($2 million) and Beaufort Community College ($1.5 million).


06/12/2014