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KCC, CCTC meet to discuss future development

Posted: December 19, 2013 5:41 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council met with leaders from Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) during a special called meeting Tuesday to discuss the school’s future in the county. CCTC representatives included members of its executive leadership team, area commission and Kershaw County members of its foundation.

Council and CCTC leadership actually met during a dinner held after the special called meeting adjourned. The dinner was not specifically closed to the public, but the Chronicle-Independent agreed not to attend in order to allow both sides to meet informally.

Afterward, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the dinner was a “good meeting.” He explained that Council Chairman Gene Wise and CCTC President Dr. Tim Hardee made statements regarding the college’s “value and position” in the county. Carpenter said the meeting was especially relevant as education and economic development are the county’s two top priorities. He said members noted students often leave the county to pursue further education in Sumter or Columbia simply because course offerings and space are limited in Kershaw County.

Carpenter said council discussed how the county might fund CCTC’s future growth and whether or not raising taxes would be necessary. He said everyone in attendance agreed CCTC’s site at I-20 Exit 98 needs to be evaluated.

The official meeting itself focused on a vote on an economic development issue called “Project Chem.” Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean explained that the vote was to deal with two documents: an ordinance and a resolution regarding an existing industry in the county.

“The expansion is $10.8 million -- 49 new jobs,” McLean said. “The good news about the jobs is that they are significantly above the county average. They are estimated to average at $22.45 per hour. The majority of it will be in new machinery and equipment. We’re very pleased about this one in that it helps retain the jobs that are currently in place and adding a product line and growing equipment.”

County Attorney Ken DuBose then said there would need to be two separate motions for the resolution and ordinance. Both passed unanimously.

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