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Letter: Thanks for in-depth econ dev look

Posted: March 29, 2018 4:30 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Friday’s edition of the Chronicle-Independent was the best one I have read in 30 years!

Thanks for doing some in-depth reporting on economic activity in Kershaw County ... or our lack of it.

For years now, a lot of our friends and colleagues have been whispering about our lack of growth. I think it’s time to confront the elephant in the room and appreciate the work your staff put into this.

Regarding our losing the Continental Tire plant, I heard that Sumter put together a huge meet-and-greet with the top executives from Continental and local citizens from the Sumter community who would be their neighbors and provide services to their families, such as doctors, teachers, child care providers, church leaders, accountants, etc. (someone said this really won them over). I’m sure we have a group of citizens, including myself, who would be willing to do the same if asked by our economic development board.

Something else that needs to be addressed is the lack of growth in Camden relative to the explosion of growth in the West Wateree area. In reality, I believe Camden’s population has actually decreased if you take out the movement of the Camden city limits over the last 15 years.

I think it would also help our citizens to know what industries we currently have in Kershaw County, with some in-depth stories on our current employers who are our bread and butter. You never know when that type of information can help with the recruitment of other companies when shared on the internet.

Regarding retail development, I would like to see statistics from a commercial real estate developer or broker as to how Kershaw County is viewed on a national level for retail development and, specifically, what type of growth generates that type of development.

Finally, it would probably benefit all taxpayers to see what the difference in property taxes are in Kershaw County vs. Richland and Lexington, as well as the services offered for those taxes (i.e., you get what you pay for).

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