The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center awarded Monroe $184,000 as part of a project designed to create jobs. The grant was one of 18 across 16 counties, totaling $5.5 million and projected to create 585 jobs. The grants were approved by the center’s board of directors Aug. 31 and made possible by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly. They include the extension of water, sewer and transportation infrastructure, the renovation of vacant buildings for new or expanding business locations, and the renovation or construction of health-care facilities.
In Monroe, the funds will help to renovate a vacant building for use by a drum-set manufacturer, creating 23 jobs.