COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's state military support panel is distributing $200,000 to four regions to help them maintain military installations in their communities.
State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said in a release Thursday the money appropriated by the General Assembly will help Charleston, Beaufort, Columbia and Sumter protect nearby bases.
Eckstrom said $50,000 goes to each community. He says it is designed to help them maintain the military sites amid budget cutting pressures and potential base closure moves.
A 2012 study by the state Department of Commerce estimated South Carolina's eight military bases, the S.C. National Guard and state defense contractors generated $15.7 billion in economic activity in 2011. The report also showed the military sector supported 138,000 jobs in the state.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.