The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center awarded Monroe $184,000 as part of a larger project to create jobs.
The grant was one of 18 across 16 counties, totaling $5.5 million and projected to create 585 jobs. The rural development center’s board approved the grants Aug. 31, using money appropriated by the N.C. General Assembly. The grants will help pay to extend water and sewer serves, improve roads, renovate vacant buildings to make them attractive to new or expanding businesses and renovation or construction of health-care facilities.
Monroe officials plan to use their grant to renovate a vacant building for a drum-set manufacturer, creating 23 jobs.