HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation Board wants to build more so that more jobs will come. The board is looking into building more business parks like the one in Cool Spring Business Park in Aynor. This way, when companies come to Horry County interested in moving here, there will actually be something to show them.
Horry County is certainly up against plenty of other areas. A committee with The Economic Development Corporation has been sizing up our competition throughout the region- looking in areas like Marion, Florence, Dillon and Kingstree for the current buildings they have ready to offer manufacturers. Based on the research so far, Horry County is behind, and needs to build new buildings to keep up.
This could be all the difference for bringing in more jobs. Companies want to move quickly, and It's easier to modify an existing building for a manufacturer than to go through the process of permitting and building a new one. Now the committee is looking into the details of what land is available now and how much it would cost to build.
The idea is to have Horry County put down the basics of a building-- the foundation, walls, and a roof-- just enough so companies can see themselves here.
"If a new industry comes, and they're looking to locate here, and someone else has something to show and we don't, they're much more likely to go where they have something to show," explained Chairman Fred Richardson.
The eight people working on the committee hope to finish this study of what Horry County needs by the end of the year. Then they will start working on the fundraising aspect to find the money for construction. The plan is to slowly start this process, and build one at a time, to make sure the county can get a return on this investment.
"Industrial recruiting and development is a speculative business," said Richardson. "So we've got to take some risks. The key is to not take more risks than you can afford."