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Hundreds of jobs added since start of Florence's downtown revitalization

(Source: News release) (Source: News release)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Jobs were promised and the numbers look like they are being delivered. City leaders say revitalization has added hundreds of jobs to the economy.

“Obviously, some leave as others replace the number would be a lot higher. In true new positions created, it would be about 365 and over the next 24 months. Of just projects we know of, there will be at least another 50 - it could grow to an additional 100 jobs on top of that,” Ray Reich, Florence Downtown Development Manager, said.

Retailers, office jobs and the handful of new restaurants are where those folks are finding new work.

The city tallied up the number of service jobs that have come in over the past five years, and that’s how it got those 365 new positions.

Not only is Florence’s Downtown Revitalization about getting people to work, but the bigger picture, as it always has been, is about recruiting even bigger industry to the area.

“It’s also an attraction. When you look at attracting medical workers, both hospital and recruiting health professionals, recruiting people like engineers, which they struggle to do in a market this size a downtown has become a very important part,” Reich added.

Next Tuesday, the city will finally announce what “Project Tulip” will bring to downtown.

At this point, we know it’s supposed to make a major financial investments as well as add to the numbers of jobs housed in downtown.

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