SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The Lowcountry will receive priority access to federal resources thanks to an initiative by the Obama administration.
Tuesday eight new Promise Zones were announced as part of a program to partner with local leaders and build stronger connections of opportunity in revitalizing urban, rural, and tribal communities.
South Carolina's Lowcountry is among the eight selected, which includes Camden, Hartford, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Sacramento, St. Louis, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance is the lead partner in the Lowcountry zone.
The company will be helping six counties total, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Jasper, and Colleton.
According to a press release there are several goals the organization hopes to accomplish.
"There are challenges in our rural communities that need to be addressed, including infrastructure needs, educational challenges, improved workforce training, healthcare delivery, and community and economic development assistance,"said SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance President and CEO Danny Black.
Launched last year, the initiative works in partnership with local leaders in communities, to put private investment into creating jobs, improving education, increasing the economy, and reducing crime.
So far 13 Promise Zones have been designated of the 20 total the administration hopes to name.