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Company expanding to tune of $72,134,500

‘Project Picture’ could add 410 jobs to county

Posted: August 9, 2015 4:55 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2015 1:00 a.m.

County officials are keeping details confidential, but based on an agenda for Tuesday’s Kershaw County Council meeting, a local industry appears ready to undergo a major expansion.

Council will consider two items -- a resolution and first reading of an ordinance by title only -- in conjunction with “Project Picture.” The resolution indicates the project involves a $72,134,500 investment resulting in 410 new full-time jobs to the county. The agenda items set the stage for the county to offer the company a “fee-in-lieu-of-taxes” agreement, and incentive commonly presented to industries.

The resolution says Project Picture “plans to expand in the county through the acquisition, construction and purchase of certain land, buildings, furnishings, fixtures, apparatus and equipment … which will result in new investment in real and personal property.”

Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns, who ran for the office on a platform of economic development, said details have to be kept confidential at this stage in the process.

“It shows what a lot of work goes into economic development. We are making the county attractive to business through our policies at the county and state level,” Burns said. “When the county invests in itself it reaps benefits.”

Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter also said the name of the company will be withheld until a later time. 

“At this point, it’s still going by the code name. Hopefully it will be (revealed) really soon,” Carpenter said. “We look forward to having a really good year here.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda are a public hearing about and third reading of an ordinance regarding a joint industrial and business park between Kershaw and Chesterfield counties. Attorney Ken DuBose has previously said the ordinance will simplify the process if either county wishes to add new property or industry to the park in the future. Ordinances must pass three reading before going into effect.

Council will consider second reading of an ordinance officially setting the tax millage rate for the current fiscal year which started July 1. Council approved the budget in June.

Under new business, council will discuss an appointment to the Santee-Lynches Council of Government and an agreement with Koenig Aircraft Maintenance to operate at Woodward Field, which is owned by the county. The agenda also lists an executive session in which council will receive the results of a security audit conducted at the Kershaw County Detention Center, an economic development report and an update on the progress of the negotiations for the sale of KershawHealth to Capella Healthcare.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden, and is open to the public.


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