“Project Mimosa,” Will Bring $20 million Investment To Florence-Williamsburg County Industrial Park

Florence County officials aren’t ready to reveal the identity of the company associated with “Project Mimosa,” which will bring $20 million investment and 29 new jobs to the county.

The County Council passed on first reading an ordinance to expand Florence-Williamsburg County Industrial Park at its July 20 meeting. The park will be home to the “Project Mimosa” company.

Williamsburg County Council also has approved the industrial park’s expansion.

A fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement for Project Mimosa was approved on second reading at the meeting. The resolution guarantees the county will refund 35 percent of the property taxes to the company for 10 years.

The money can be used only for infrastructure improvements needed by the company, improvements to the site location and personal property used by the company, according to the resolution.

Florence County is expected to consider the fee in lieu of taxes agreement for third and final reading at its Aug. 17 meeting.

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SC Chamber Releases 2023 Results for Business

This week, the SC Chamber released its annual Results for Business report reflecting on their advocacy efforts during the 2023 state legislative session. The 2023 Results for Business report emphasized that the SC Chamber’s advocacy resulted in over a $1.14 billion impact for South Carolina’s business community, or approximately $6,640 per employer in the state. In a year when the General Fund had record revenues, the General Assembly and the SC Chamber were able to use those dollars to deliver results for the business community. Every dollar saved for businesses is another dollar to be reinvested in South Carolina’s economy.

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Florence County Economic Development Partnership To Launch Feasibility Study

The Florence County Economic Development Partnership will launch a study into the feasibility of a public academy for marksmanship, which would be open to law enforcement and private gun enthusiasts.

The study will look into whether the Pee Dee Regional Marksmanship Academy, the project’s current name, could be placed on an old Florence County dump off Paper Mill Road. The idea is to use public and private dollars to fund the construction on around 558 acres of land already owned by Florence County.

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South Carolina Economic Outlook

The South Carolina Leading Index (SCLI) fell in June to a value (following revisions) of 102.37.  SCLI metrics were mixed in June. Unemployment claims were 25.0 percent higher than in May. The number of issued housing permits fell 11.3 percent month-over-month while valuation for the permits fell 8.2 percent. Average weekly manufacturing hours were up 2.4 percent. The Dow Jones Composite Average was up 6.4 percent.

South Carolina’s total non-seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment rose by 8,500 net jobs to 2,313,200 in June, which was 0.4 percent higher than May numbers and 3.8 percent higher than one year ago. Sectors reporting net job gains for the month included Leisure and Hospitality (6,100); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (1,800); Finance (1,300); Other Services (1,200); Information (1,000); Manufacturing (100); and Natural Resources and Mining (100). Net job losses were reported in the Government (-3,900), Professional and Business Services (-2,400); and Construction (-2,200) sectors. Educational and Health Services had no net change month-over-month. Compared to one year ago, the state economy added 83,600 net nonfarm jobs.

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HopeHealth Celebrates National Health Center Week

HopeHealth will celebrate National Health Center Week next week, August 6-12, with employee appreciation activities, advocacy efforts, community events, and more.

National Health Center Week is held every August to bring awareness to the importance of community health centers like HopeHealth. The celebration includes contributions from community health centers throughout the country, highlighting their missions and accomplishments while encouraging support for local centers.

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Free Heirs’ Property And Land Use Seminar

On Thursday August 3, from 5:00 -6:00 PM, The Florence Section National Council of Negro Women is sponsoring a free Heirs’ Property and Land seminar that is open to the public. This public service seminar will take place at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation public library located at 509 S Dargan Street in Florence, SC.

The seminar will be conducted by professional expert members of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation who will give the citizens of Florence information about their legal rights and the risks within the Heirs’ Property and Sustainable Forest Program. They will specifically discuss forestry education and services to help landowners know the value of managing their forestland for greater income and how to increase generational wealth from their property. The seminar will also offer information pertaining to legal education and direct legal services to help families reach agreements, clear title to family land, and probate estates.

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Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Participate In Education and Leadership Development Session

The Florence Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Summer Institute held their Education and Leadership Development session on Wednesday, July 26th.

The class started the day with a dementia simulator and breakfast at The Eastern Carolina Community Foundation with Belle Zeigler. Then they toured the FMU Performing Arts Center which was hosted by Bud Simmons. Later the group moved on to tour the Florence County Museum.

The group also saw informative presentations from Hannah Davis with the City of Florence and Doris Lockhart, CEO of Spherion.

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Recruiting Solutions Relocates Florence Office

Recruiting Solutions, a leading recruitment firm and staffing agency, is excited to announce the relocation of its Florence office to 217 Dozier Blvd, Suite 202, Florence, SC.  The recently completed space marks Recruiting Solutions’ third expansion since entering the Pee-Dee market in 2015. During this time, Recruiting Solutions has successfully employed 8,500+ individuals, supporting a wide range of clients including manufacturing, technology, and professional organizations.

The newly relocated office will continue to house a team of highly skilled recruiters and staffing experts who utilize cutting-edge technology and extensive networking to provide top-tier talent. The strategic placement of the new Florence office ensures convenient access for both clients and candidates, resulting in a seamless and efficient recruitment process.

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Travis Blayton Of Palmetto Mortgage Featured On ChamberLink Radio

Travis Blayton with Palmetto Mortgage Group was featured on ChamberLink Radio this weekend to talk about the variety of loan options they have to fit everyone’s needs when purchasing a home.

You can catch the conversations on ChamberLink Radio each Sunday from 12:00-12:30pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

ChamberLink Radio is brought to you by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The UPS Stores.

2023 Tap Into Downtown Beer Crawl

Tap into Downtown Florence with a beer crawl like no other. Make your way through downtown businesses acting as brew pubs and sample several different craft beers. Try a few favorites or dare to delight in something a little different. This craft beer event promises to deliver a fun and unique tasting experience for all attendees.

The tasting venues will be open from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Check-in to receive your wristband, tasting glass, and pretzel necklace will take place in the Greater Florence Chamber Office (100 W. Evans Street) from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Ticketholders must be 21 or over to attend.

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