FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to a crowd of hundreds of people Tuesday as the Florence County Economic Development hosted its 15th annual Legislative Day.
The theme for this year was, "Together towards Tomorrow" and the goal is to make Florence County continue to move forward. McMaster addressed several members of the state House of Representatives, Florence city and county leaders, and business suppliers.
The governor said he believes Florence County has always been an inspiration in the Pee Dee.
"I've been going to Florence since I was little and visit relatives and it's encouraging and actually inspirational to see the change happening in Florence," McMaster said. "It's always been great people, but somehow now things are really, really coming to a point."
Economic development wants to teach people how to get rid of anything that inhibits growth and business. "That vision is mighty high, I mean its thrilling," McMaster added.
Buddy Brand, the Florence County mayor pro tem and chairman of the economic partnership, said sustaining growth is the key to county's continued growth and prosperity. He referenced several major upcoming site developments and continuing industrial expansion.
"We had over $100 million last year in existing companies expansion, and we've already got over $2 million this year and we're only three months into the year, so that's pretty good," Brand said.
McMcaster said he doesn't think South Carolina has ever been accused of a lack of vision and believes Florence County is a perfect example of that. Then there are the people, whom the governor sees as key to bringing in new jobs and improving education.
"I think what I see is Florence has always been known for its friendly, imaginative, competent people," McMaster said. "It's a great place and the Pee Dee is a beautiful part of the state."