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Wise outlines specifics for future county opportunities

Posted: February 14, 2012 5:25 p.m.
Updated: February 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise provided further details Thursday on potential projects council came up with during a weekend retreat Feb. 3-4. Wise spent time during Thursday’s council work session outlining the goals set to be developed during the upcoming budget cycle.

Wise said the county will specifically look to attract capital-intensive firms and grow current industry.

“Anytime a manufacturer moves into a community, the highest taxes come from there as far as the property and the equipment, and from those taxes, you can do great things,” Wise said. “Another emphasis will be on existing industries in the county. Supporting them, making them more prosperous, and making them larger.”

He said the county will also establish a comprehensive infrastructure plan.

“That includes water, sewer, roads, airport, and having fiber optics throughout the county. These are all opportunities for a small, primarily rural county. So we have to make sure that we’re not duplicating services, and we have to make sure that we’re spending our dollars wisely,” Wise said.

In addition, the county will develop a strategic marketing plan with public input.

“We want to utilize websites, social media, etc. We’re looking at a more impactful Web presence,” Wise said.

Another key area of development is recreation.

Wise said he envisioned the county eventually being branded as the “county of trails.”

“I don’t think we have that in South Carolina. That would include walking and hiking trails, bicycle trails, water trails for kayaking and canoeing on the river and the lake, horse trails, dog park trails, and ATV trails,” he said.

He suggested a zip-line could also be installed near Liberty Hill.

“There’s some county property there and the terrain is perfect for it. So we can have a little fun and also be healthy in Kershaw County,” Wise said.

He said the county will hire location specialists to help determine the best sites for new recreational programs and facilities.

“If we’re going to build something or redo something, I want to maximize our rate of return,” Wise said. “We want to maximize asset utilization. We want to put these activities where people are going to use them, whether they’re in Kershaw County or they’re coming from outside Kershaw County, and we need a location specialist to help us do that.”

The county will also carry out a recreational opportunities cost-benefit analysis.

“Some of these projects will take years to implement. The last time we had a 10-year recreational plan, but hopefully we can do a lot of this prior to that,” Wise said.

He also said efficient county government will be another top priority for the county during the next budget cycle -- that he wants the county to be the best in the state when it comes to responding to the needs of citizens.

“To do that, we’re going to benchmark with a lot of counties in the state and outside the state who deliver world-class service. Then we’re going to see how we can do that the most efficient way possible,” Wise said. “We belong to various county associations so when we look at our internal processes, we want to make sure that we’re using best practices, and to do that we have to benchmark. We’ll also take a look at technological advances to make sure any technology that we purchase is utilized in a very effective manner.”


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