Project Gateway is a joint venture with Gaffney Board of Public Works and Cherokee County. This wastewater infrastructure improvement project is focused on providing sewer service to areas of Gaffney and Blacksburg along interstate I-85, between exits 100 and 106, and down Highway 5. Currently, there is no significant sewer service along I-85 between exits 100 and 106. Based on a study in 2020, Cherokee County identified that significant expansion along the I-85 in the Eastern part of the county is not possible without available sewer access. Eastern Cherokee County is a prime location for economic development because of its large availability of land, low taxes, and available labor. The county's primary hindrance to development is sanitary sewer availability. Project Gateway will provide the solution by opening up those areas of Cherokee County for future growth and opportunity.
“This is a legacy project that is great for eastern Cherokee County. We expect this project to impact eastern Cherokee county in the same way that the Clary Project did western Cherokee County. ”
-- Donnie Hardin, Gaffney BPW General Manager
“Project Gateway is vitally important to future economic development efforts not only in Cherokee County, but also the entire region. There is great untapped potential for this region as we sit between Greenville and Charlotte, and we believe this project brings about the final piece needed to reach our potential. ”
-- Steve Bratton, Cherokee County Administrator
“It is virtually impossible to land industrial opportunities without public sewer availability. The lack of sewer infrastructure is the primary hindrance to economic development in this area of the county.”
-- Jim Cook, Cherokee County Development Board Executive Director