Santee Cooper Advancing Economic Development in Cherokee County

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Santee Cooper is providing the Gaffney Board of Public Works a $632,500 grant to help fund infrastructure needs at the Gaffney Industrial Park, a planned 339-acre site in Cherokee County.

The grant, from Santee Cooper’s Municipal Site Readiness Fund, will help provide sewer service for the park, which is located within Gaffney’s city limits. GBPW will provide the remaining $632,500 of the sewer cost.

“We are confident that our investment in infrastructure at his industrial park will help bring companies with good-paying jobs to this part of the state,” said Pamela Williams, Santee Cooper’s senior vice president of corporate services.

“The Santee Cooper grant is another step forward for Gaffney and Cherokee County,” said GBPW General Manager Donnie Hardin “This project is an example of our momentum that we will continue to build on.”

Power to the park will be provided by GBPW, a municipally owned electric utility that serves approximately 7,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. GBPW is a member of the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA), a joint action agency of 10 municipally owned electric utilities based in Greer. Santee Cooper provides PMPA and the 10 cities supplemental power.

Tamarack Investments LLC, a privately held real estate firm based in Atlanta, is the project’s developer. Consulting and engineering services were provided by Atwell LLC of Marietta, Georgia, which certified the site.