Governor announces $450k building reuse grant for Lenoir County

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced eight rural community grants to create new jobs on Thursday, including a $450k grant for Lenoir County.

The Governor said that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved the eight grants to local governments that totaled $1.465,000 and are projected to create 270 jobs across the state.

Governor Cooper also said that the grants will attract more than $365.6 million in private investment.

“These funds make strategic investments in our rural communities to help them seize opportunities to prosper,” Governor Cooper said. “We are committed to improving the economy in all parts of our state.”

The RIA is supported by the rural economic development team at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The grants support a variety of activities, including infrastructure development, building renovation, expansion and demolition, and site improvements.

“I will forever be proud of the investments we’re making in our state’s rural communities with these grants,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “They demonstrate North Carolina’s unwavering dedication to uplifting rural areas, creating opportunity, and building an equitable, sustainable economy.”

Lenoir County received a $450,000 grant that will support the reuse of a 26,820-square-foot building in Kinston to house a new facility for Infinity Link Communications, Inc. The communication company currently provides high-speed internet, telephone, and television to customers in Greene, Lenoir, Wayne, Pitt, and Edgecombe counties.

The facility will be in the former Pioneer Building at the corner of Enterprise and Landmark in the Hwy 70 Industrial Park, near the Amazon warehouse.

Infinity Link Communications says the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is providing 29.8 for the installment of more than 700 miles of fiber in unincorporated areas in Lenoir County.

According to RIA, the Lenoir County project is expected to create 51 jobs, with an accompanying private investment of $2.6 million.