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Publisher's Note: Economic Development

Posted: March 22, 2018 4:31 p.m.
Updated: March 23, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Today, readers will have an opportunity to take a deep look at economic development in Kershaw County. Editor Jim Tatum and Senior Writer Martin L. Cahn have put a lot of time and research into this package of stories; hopefully everyone can gain a little insight into economic development efforts and what they could mean to the future of our county.

Indeed, the welfare of a vibrant progressive community depends on sustainable, quality growth. Growth provides a community with the resources needed to sustain the lifestyle we want -- and to which we have become accustomed -- over a great many years. Ideally, we also expect a new/expanding industry to bring in new residents, who buy our houses, shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants -- in other words, engage and participate in those activities that support a thriving community.

So, the purpose of this set of articles is to help our readers understand how Kershaw County is measuring up compared to the rest of South Carolina.

It is important for you to understand our intentions. We are asking questions. We are attempting to examine stated goals versus applied resources. We are looking into strategies and methodologies and we are trying to ascertain if any headway is being made.

We are not pointing fingers, laying blame, or otherwise casting aspersions. We don’t have answers. Most important, we realize all concerned are working hard and doing their best to make positive things happen here and we are appreciative of their efforts.

But we also want to know what goals have actually been achieved, what progress we have actually made and whether the investments have borne fruit.

Ultimately, our goal is to put a focus on where we are at this point in time regarding economic development and by doing so, providing the community with the facts to help determine if we are on the right track for future prosperity.

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