Project Prosper: Unnamed company may make $14 million investment in Aiken County, create 38 new, full-time jobs

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:55 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 7:13 a.m.

Aiken County Council is working on a multi-million dollar economic development project that could bring more than 30 jobs to the area.

Council unanimously passed a resolution citing “Project Prosper,” an unnamed company, may make an investment of at least $14 million in Aiken County and could potentially create 38 new, full-time jobs.

“It’s a positive step in the right direction,” said Economic Development Partnership Director Will Williams.

Though details are currently scarce and the name of the company has not been released, the resolution states that approximately 20 acres of land located in the Sage Mill Industrial Park will be sold to the company at $5,000 an acre.

The company plans to establish a manufacturing facility on that property, according to the resolution.

Aiken County is considering offering the company a tax incentive fee-in-lieu of at a fixed millage rate.

“This is another great project, and we’re excited to have them come,” said County Administrator Clay Killian.

Project Prosper is still in the negotiation process.

The last mystery project was Project Bench in 2012 in which Tognum America later announced that it was opening two new research and development centers at the MTU plant in Graniteville.

In other business, Council approved the first reading to have SCE&G install and operate electric utilities to its new government center under construction on University Parkway. The utility company would provide the new facility’s electricity through underground cables.

Council also passed a resolution that recognized the Master Gardeners of Aiken County for 25 years of offering gardening tips to residents for free and enhancing the beauty around the area.

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