Last updated: March 13. 2014 4:42PM - 1448 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

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The Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority will be able to assist Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) create more than 100 jobs over the next two years, thanks partly to a federal grant announced by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC).

Coble said the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $300,000 grant to the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority for improvements to the Elkin Corporate Park Sewer Improvements project.

The congressman said, in addition to the ARC funds, other federal sources will provide $355,500, the state of North Carolina will contribute $1,330,000, and local officials will add $41,500, bringing the total project funding to $2,027,000.

“We were pleased to play a small part in making this happen,” Coble said. “These federal funds will be leveraged with a much larger private investment to create much-needed jobs along with improved infrastructure for people in the Elkin area.”

Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority officials said the Elkin Corporate Park project will add more than 7,600 linear feet of sewer infrastructure and rehabilitate two pump stations, aiding PGW in the creation of at least 119 jobs in the two years by leveraging the $2 million in government funds with more than $83 million in private investment.

The proposed project will improve the integrity, reliability and hydraulic capacity of the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority’s collection system between the Elkin Corporate Park and the wastewater treatment plant. Authority officials said the existing sewer system within the corporate park is insufficient to reliably transport current and expected volumes of wastewater on a continuous basis.

“This project, enabled by the state and federal funding that has been pledged, is vital not only to serve Pittsburgh Glass Works, but also to enhance the industrial recruitment efforts of our regional partners, such as the town of Elkin, Surry County and the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The project will serve the Elkin Corporate Park, which is strategically located at the intersection of I-77 and US-21 Bypass and has building-ready sites. So we are hopeful that this project will lead to more high-wage jobs in our area, in addition to those being created at PGW,” said Nicole Johnston, executive director for the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority.

According to Johnston, with funding in place from the ARC, the authority can begin the detailed planning and permitting process and then proceed to construction.

“Construction should begin later this year and be completed in 2015,” said Johnston.

Elkin’s mayor reacted to the news saying Elkin needed a solution to run gravity to the corporate park and the grants are a big boost.

“In addition to jobs that will be created, there’s also an apartment complex going out there, too (Elkin Corporate Park). The announcement of the grants ties right into jobs, allows for affordable housing, the creates the pathway for more businesses to eye the corporate park,” said Mayor Lestine Hutchens.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.

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