MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Local business owners in the region have been meeting for years, going over how they can work together and bring more jobs to The Grand Strand. This year, however, the meeting added a few new faces.
Companies like RJ Corman Railroad and Accent Stainless Steel will bring new business in 2016. They'll serve as examples for other businesses looking for a place to call home. At an annual meeting held Thursday by the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, business owners and elected officials worked together on ways to bring more money and more jobs to Horry County. They emphasized teamwork and patience, and pushed new ways to promote business and grow as a community. South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt says he applauds Horry County for making huge economic strides, and wants to see Myrtle Beach become an area that thrives all year round.
"It's important we work as a team. It's important we realize there is a full-time community here in Myrtle Beach, not just a vacation community," Hitt said. "And part of our job is to bring that all together. That's why I work with the county organizations and businesses all over the county who have an interest obviously in that type of economic growth."
Bill Henderson with RJ Corman said he has enjoyed working with the economic development committee and wants to promote not just their business, but Horry County as well. And the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation says that synergy is what the committee is all about.
"We're all about growth and jobs creation, and that's what they are. We want to be a small piece of that puzzle of their vision to make this place really special. And we're excited to be here. We really are." says Henderson.
New businesses like RJ Corman and Accent Stainless Steel, will potentially bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, and the economic development committee says it will continue to fight to bring more business to Horry County.