If you attended a Horry County economic development meeting a few years ago you might have thought you accidentally showed up for a funeral. However, over the past two years the group has increased membership to more than 100 business partners and the excitement around economic development is palpable.
Horry County is competing with many counties across the state – and around the country – that are willing to provide economic incentives to lure these companies, and the jobs they create, to their communities. That's the way the game is played.
Over the past two years the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. has dramatically grown the number of jobs in our area. I serve on the board of directors and see the success first hand. However, some county council members don't seem to understand how economic development works; Harold Worley being the most vocal for this antiquated way of thinking.
We need to continue an aggressive push to recruit new industry and it will take incentives to make that happen. Horry County should continue supporting economic development by maintaining – or increasing – the current funding for the MBREDC.