RALEIGH – The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 11 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,989,034, Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday. One of the grants was awarded to the Town of Smithfield.
“Companies of all sizes are finding success in North Carolina’s resilient rural communities,” Governor Cooper said. “Rural Infrastructure grants are helping our communities make improvements to water, sewer and buildings, so they can continue to grow and create good jobs.”
The RIA approved a request under the state’s federally-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Economic Development program for the Town of Smithfield totaling $1,250,000.
The grant will support infrastructure for construction of a new 600,000 square foot Amazon facility being built on W. Market Street in the newly-formed West Smithfield Industrial Park. The grant will help with the costs of public sewer and road improvements by the Town of Smithfield to serve the new Amazon facility and future expansions in the Industrial Park.
Amazon expects to create 500 jobs while investing $100 million in the Smithfield site.
A $150,000 grant was also announced Thursday for eGourmet Solutions in Duplin County to reuse a 63,100 square foot building in Wallace for a logistics company specializing in order fulfillment and transportation of temperature-sensitive products such as refrigerated and frozen foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The company will add 40 jobs.