The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission (SCRC) is an economic development partnership of the Federal government and the seven state governments of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. SCRC’s mission is to build sustainable communities and increase economic growth, particularly in economically distressed areas. Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed serves as the Federal Co-Chair of the Commission and in an article to VACo, outlined the opportunities the Commission can provide for Virginia localities.
Per Dr. Reed, the Commission will invest $20 million in the region through a flagship grant program scheduled to launch in late spring/early summer of 2023. SCRC’s grant program will seek to achieve positive results in six strategic goals.
- Critical Infrastructure
- Health and Support Services Access and Outcomes
- Strengthen Workforce Capacity.
- Foster Entrepreneurial and Business Development Activities
- Expand Affordable Housing Stock and Access.
- Promote Environmental Conservation, Preservation, and Access.
These proposed grants will be awarded to state, local and Native American governments as well as qualifying public and nonprofit organizations. VACo is pleased to share this information from the SCRC and will provide updates as they become available.
VACo Contact: James Hutzler