The 42-member cohort of Leadership Florence spent the day in Columbia, SC for Florence County Legislative Day on Wednesday, February 26th. The class was greeted by the office of Senator Hugh Leatherman for continental breakfast to start the day.
The class later met with Governor Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela Evette. The two updated the group on policies affecting economic development, education and workforce in our state and region. Next the group toured the State House and heard from a bipartisan delegation of the House of Representatives. Led by House Speaker Jay Lucas, the group included Representatives Terry Alexander, Roger Kirby and Jay Jordan. The class was also recognized on the House floor by this Florence delegation, and received a standing ovation from the floor.
Lunch at the beautiful Palmetto club included a detailed presentation from the Ports Authority and updates from Florence County and Economic Development.
The group also visited the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), where we heard from SLED leadership got an extensive behind the scenes tour and presentation about their mission and law enforcement goals for the state of South Carolina.
The day ended with a Legislative Day reception at the Columbia Museum of Art. The reception was attended by many companies, agencies and institutions from Florence County. The group had the opportunity to meet many more legislators and business executives.