Initiative to bring 1,020 jobs to Horry County draws closer

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Council met Monday in a special meeting to discuss the future of an initiative to bring more than 1,000 jobs to the county.

The meeting was held at 4:00 p.m. in the Government and Justice Center in Conway. Not a lot of information regarding the meeting has been released at this time.

Horry County Councilman Gary Loftus said information is not being released about the potential company coming to the county until there's a written commitment from them, and all the final details have been agreed upon.

If the initiative is agreed on, the unknown company will bring 1,020 jobs to the county. Each position will receive no less than $14.31 per hour.

Loftus said Carolina Forest is on a "short list" of options as far as where the company will operate from.

"The company doesn't want to release too much data because then if the client is found out, well then the price of land goes up and a lot of things happen," Loftus said.

Horry County has approved more than $1.8 million for Project Blue. Loftus said he thinks all the details on the project should be wrapped up soon.

"It's pretty much nailed down and I think we'll be going with what we have," Loftus said.

Following the meeting, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Brad Lofton says council did not make a decision regarding Project Blue, but will meet again on Thursday night at 6 PM to discuss the project further.

Lofton says landing Project Blue would be a big step forward for the Horry County Economy, but the MBREDC will not stop there, if successful.

"We're not finished yet, we're just getting started, we've announced 260 new jobs since January," Lofton said. "We're proud of the momentum we're making, but we understand we have a long way to go to catch up."

Lofton also says County Council discussed two additional projects, code named AF and BL, both which he says are close to being "a done deal", which would bring 79 and 65 manufacturing jobs respectively.  Lofton says the MBREDC is currently working on fifteen other potential prospects as well.

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