Grants kick off with biofuel production stakeholder meetings in Walterboro and Manning.
Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA) will host two meetings next week as part of a USDA Office of Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant designed to connect economic development officials in Colleton and Clarendon Counties with industrial biofuel companies.
The first meeting will be held Wednesday, September 17th at the offices of the Colleton County Economic Alliance and will feature two algae biofuel production companies. On Thursday, September 18th, two cellulosic biofuel companies will meet with representatives from the Clarendon County Development Board. These meetings are open to observers, but space is extremely limited. If you are interested in participating as an observer in these meetings, please contact Andrew Epting at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, September 15th by 5:00pm EST.
Clarendon County Development Board Executive Director, John Truluck said, "Clarendon County has numerous advantages for many different manufacturing sectors. Our hope is this grant will help us identify those advantages and promote them to companies in the biofuels sector."
SCCEBA, and a host of other partners including the SC Department of Commerce and SCRA, will facilitate a dialogue geared towards understanding what South Carolina, and specifically the I-95 Corridor, can do to recruit and secure capital investment from commercial scale biofuel production companies.
Additionally, SCCEBA will host a biofuels customer stakeholder meeting on October 10th at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, S.C. This meeting will gauge the level of demand for biofuels for aviation, maritime and on-road customers.
“South Carolina is an ideal place for biofuel production. We'd like to see the day come where planes are flying out of Charleston International Airport using fuel produced and refined less than 100 miles away – that will really benefit the economy of the I-95 Corridor in South Carolina” said Andrew Epting, program manager at SCCEBA and grant manager for the two Rural Business Enterprise Grants.
SCCEBA is a cooperative enterprise dedicated to enhancing South Carolina’s policy and business environment to develop the clean energy manufacturing supply chain. These efforts will make the Palmetto State more competitive in attracting clean energy businesses and the jobs associated with this rapidly expanding industry.
For more information please visit www.scceba.org