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New community development program will offer funds for poor rural communities

Wednesday | May 2, 2018

Colleton County and the SouthernCarolina Alliance are waiting to see the nuts and bolts of how Opportunity Zones will work. Sandra DeVoe-Bland, Promise Zone coordinator for SCA, said the federal government, primarily the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, are still working on details of how the community development investment program will work. She said that South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and three other federal legislators introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act … Continue Reading


'Opportunity zones' aim to give neighborhoods an economic boost

Friday | April 27, 2018

by Gray Rohrer

Ten years after the Great Recession, the economic recovery has skipped over some long-downtrodded neighborhoods such as Pine Hills and Parramore. "When the West Oaks mall [west of Pine Hills] began to degrade, you ended up with anywhere from 60 to 80 stores that are empty," said state Rep. Bruce Antone, whose district includes parts of Pine Hills and Parramore. "Think about it: if each one of those stores has five to 10 jobs ... that's a lot of jobs in that community." Pine Hills and … Continue Reading


New Redevelopment Tax Incentive Program Starting to Take Shape

Monday | April 23, 2018

by Oscar Perry Abello

With big questions about the new Opportunity Zones program still on the table, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has begun to issue approvals of opportunity zone designations. The Opportunity Zones program came about as a late addition to the tax-cut bill passed by Congress at the end of 2017. Its inclusion, orchestrated by senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), surprised many in the community development and state policy sectors because the proposal had been floated for a few … Continue Reading


Rubio and Scott: New federal tax law will help Miami’s low-income working families

Friday | April 20, 2018

The new tax law has two provisions that will particularly empower working families. The Child Tax Credit will give American families back more of their own money. The Investing In Opportunity Act has the potential to power an economic renaissance in the communities left behind by the global economy. By working together, we can help restore hope and ensure that the next great American idea isn't lost because someone did not have the opportunity to share it. The tax law passed last year cut the … Continue Reading


‘Responsive to our unique needs’

Friday | April 13, 2018

by Charles Warner

UNION COUNTY - Among the benefits of economic development and efforts to promote it is that it brings people together to improve the community and the lives of its residents and that's what the Opportunity Zone program is doing according to Union County Development Board Executive Director Kathy Jo Lancaster. On Friday, March 23, Gov. Henry McMaster announced the nomination of 135 Opportunity Zones throughout South Carolina including one in Union County. According to the South Carolina … Continue Reading


Officials optimistic on 'Opportunity Zone' program

Sunday | April 1, 2018

by Bruce Mills

In a business environment where every dollar counts, Sumter and Lee County officials are hopeful a new federal tax incentive program will help spur industrial and commercial development in their communities by companies. Created in part by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., a new Opportunity Zones program recently passed in a $1.3 trillion spending bill in Congress to encourage long-term private-sector investment in low-income census tracts across the U.S. Of South Carolina's 1,097 census tracts, … Continue Reading


Summerville, Ridgeville among S.C. locations nominated for community development program

Monday | March 26, 2018

by Jenna Ley-Harrison

More than 130 low-income communities across the state, including a handful in Dorchester and Berkeley counties, have been proposed by Gov. Henry McMaster as possible "opportunity zones" that could see more private investment thanks to a federal tax incentive program meant to stir economic development in those areas. Most of the targeted locations are in need of added infrastructure and affordable housing, according to a press release from the governor's office. They are among 135 urban and … Continue Reading


'Opportunity zones' could transform S.C. communities

Saturday | March 24, 2018

A bright idea for spurring investment in economically distressed areas, approved as part of the federal tax reform bill, has the potential to pump much-needed capital into some of the poorest communities in South Carolina and across the nation. With a little economic alchemy, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., hopes to transform the problems of the rich into opportunities for the poor. Under his Investing in Opportunity Act, individuals and businesses can defer or reduce capital gains taxes by … Continue Reading


Aiken tract named to national 'opportunity zone' investment shortlist

Friday | March 23, 2018

by Colin Demarest

Plans to revitalize economically ragged communities throughout South Carolina received a jolt from Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday morning. At a press conference in Ridgeway, McMaster announced he had submitted a list of 135 distressed areas within the state to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The tracts on that list - known as "opportunity zones" under a new program included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - are eligible for tax incentives designed to spur hyper-local … Continue Reading


Struggling neighborhoods eligible for economic boost with 'Opportunity Zones' designation

Friday | March 23, 2018

by Hannah Alani

When Ernest Pinckney was growing up in Union Heights during the 1940s and 1950s, the streets were unpaved, street lights didn't exist and the homes lacked running water. But business boomed. Barbershops, a fish market, shoe stores and a moving picture theater offered entertainment within walking distance. Young Pinckney walked down Spruill Avenue each morning to Four Mile Elementary, and each day, he passed his favorite store: a large, shining supermarket at the corner of Spruill and Joppa … Continue Reading


'This is a game changer': New federal program to help redevelopment along Grand Strand

Friday | March 23, 2018

by Megan Tomasic and Alex Lang

A new federal program is set to help low-income areas along the Grand Strand. The program, known as opportunity zones, provides tax incentives to encourage long-term private investments. During a news conference Friday morning, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune announced two tracts in the City of Myrtle Beach that will benefit from the program. "It does include the Superblock area, and basically the two zones that were chosen for Myrtle Beach were from 21st Avenue North to 3rd Avenue South … Continue Reading


SC among first states to seek ‘Opportunity Zone’ status for economically-distressed communities

Friday | March 23, 2018

by Matt Long

South Carolina is among the first states to submit communities eligible for the new federal "Opportunity Zone" program. Gov. Henry McMaster said Friday his office submitted the maximum number of economically-distressed communities to the U.S. Treasury Department so investors seeking to build businesses in those areas could be eligible for tax incentives. "This gives us the extra punch, the extra opportunity that will transform economic growth and development and one more tool to usher in a … Continue Reading


Opportunity zones program about to be tested in South Carolina

Thursday | March 22, 2018

by Emma Dumain

WASHINGTON Sen. Tim Scott's new federal program encouraging businesses to invest in low-income communities will soon be tested around the country, but the stakes for the South Carolina Republican might be highest in his own state. The home turf scrutiny could begin as early as Friday morning. That's when South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will hold a press conference in Ridgeway, S.C. - in the shadow of the shuttered V.C. Summer nuclear power plant that cost the area nearly 5,000 jobs … Continue Reading


‘God Made Me Black on Purpose’

Friday | March 16, 2018

by Tim Alberta

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - At the end of Forest Avenue, a narrow artery slicing through blocks of muddy lots and decaying one-story homes, Tim Scott kicks at the gravel and waits. He had shared a table Saturday night with the world's wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos, at the annual dinner of Washington's Alfalfa Club, the ultra-exclusive gathering of the political and financial elite that began as a celebration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's birthday. Now, it's Monday morning and the junior … Continue Reading


Companion GOP Bills Would Expand School Choice for Military Families

Friday | March 16, 2018

by Natalie Johnson

Republican senators Tim Scott (S.C.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) have announced companion legislation to a House measure that would expand school choice for military families in an attempt to ease the strain of frequent relocations. The bill, first introduced last week by Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), would set up education savings accounts for parents in the armed forces who could divert a portion of funds that would have been sent to a public school on their child's behalf under the federal Impact … Continue Reading


Deadline Approaches on Tim Scott’s Low-Income Tax Incentive

Wednesday | March 14, 2018

by Stephanie Akin

It took three years for Tim Scott to rally his Senate colleagues around a tax plan he thinks will encourage investment in low-income communities. Now Scott, who was born in a poor community in South Carolina, has until late March to get as many state officials as he can to sign on. He's doing it with a national "opportunity" tour of low-income areas, including upcoming visits to Florida and Ohio. His first stop was in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, where his … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott’s amendment in tax plan aims to help low-income communities without a gov’t program

Monday | March 12, 2018

by Sally Persons

Sen. Tim Scott said Monday that his amendment aims to uplift communities in crisis without creating another government agency or program. "We could see major private sector dollars being invested in distressed communities - no new bureaucracy, no new government programs - simply an incentive package to provide access to opportunities for kids who grew up in single-parent households, like myself," Mr. Scott, South Carolina Republican, said on Fox News. The senator introduced the Investing in … Continue Reading


Finding opportunity for those in distressed communities

Friday | March 9, 2018

Today, more than 52 million Americans live in a distressed community. I grew up in one of those neighborhoods, where hope seemed like nothing more than a mirage. I watched so many friends and neighbors lose the sense that they could accomplish something meaningful, and end up in jail, or worse, dead. At the same time, I watched my mom work 16-hour days just to keep a roof over her children's heads, showing the kind of passion and work ethic on which the American Dream is built. I know that … Continue Reading


Scott, Booker introduce sickle cell disease legislation

Wednesday | March 7, 2018

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have introduced a new initiative in the fight against sickle cell disease - the Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment Act. There is currently no national framework in place to accurately measure the current number of Americans affected by SCD, and this new bipartisan legislation would increase efforts to collect data on the disease and reauthorize the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott introduces bill aimed at protecting children from identity theft

Tuesday | March 6, 2018

by Briana Rivas

Senator Tim Scott announced his plan to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at protecting children from identity theft via a Facebook post Tuesday morning. In the post, Scott references a recent study that found one in every ten children had their Social Security Number used by someone else to fraudulently open bank accounts or credit cards. "It is simply inconceivable," said Scott, "that a criminal would seek to exploit a child's identity and personal information for their … Continue Reading

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