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Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative made its initial RDA appropriation to Oconee County in 1998. The sum of $105,000 was used to cover the cost of relocating another utility’s transmission line on the site of the proposed Pine River Plastics plant. That expenditure was the added incentive that brought Pine River to the county, along with more than 40 new jobs.

In 2001, Oconee County Council and the Oconee County Economic Development Commission embarked upon the creation of an industrial park. The Oconee County Commerce Center came into being with the purchase of a 48-acre tract on S.C. Highway 11, near its intersection with U.S. Highway 123, approximately two miles east of Westminster. With the division of the park into four parcels the following year, Compact Automation then erected a new plant at the commerce center. After moving to the park from a previous nearby location, Compact presently employs ___ workers there.

Blue Ridge RDA dollars were awarded to the Oconee County Commerce Center in each of the years 2001-2003. A total of $800,000 of these funds has been used to finance land acquisition, a roadway, and the construction of a county-owned spec building that is now underway at the park.

Total Blue Ridge RDA contributions to Oconee County: $905,000



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