Charleston Regional Business Journal is reporting that South Carolina will receive $65 million from the omnibus spending bill.

The state of South Carolina will receive $65 million in federal funding from the fiscal year 2008 omnibus appropriations bill, including $4 million to reconfigure the Interstate 95/U.S. Highway 301 interchange in Orangeburg County, $1 million for energy-related research at the Savannah River Site and $800,000 for an International African-American Museum in Charleston.


Appropriations for South Carolina-related initiatives include:


  • $421,000 for Clemson University research in the area of peach tree cultivation and pest control.
  • $3.1 million for programs to address substance abuse, gang activity, juvenile delinquency and domestic violence across the state.
  • $2.4 million for the S.C. Army National Guard.
  • $8 million for health and health care research at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • $2.4 million for the South Carolina Research Authority to support the development of a tactical metal fabrication system in the state.
  • $6.7 million for the construction of a water treatment plant by the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency.
  • $1.5 million for hydrogen fuel cell development at the University of South Carolina.
  • $500,000 for a biofuel production initiative at Claflin University.
  • $10.5 million for a new math and science initiative encompassing all of South Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities.
  • $282,000 for a commodity development small business initiative in Williamsburg County.
  • $750,000 for the construction of a new Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority facility in Columbia.

In addition to these specific projects receiving funding, the Interior Appropriations bill includes language that ensures all new heritage corridors, including the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, will receive $150,000 in federal funding for fiscal year 2008.