Speakers At The Chamber’s Winter Community Breakfast Highlighted City & County To-Do Lists

City and county leaders celebrated Florence’s growth and teased its future at a Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Approximately 200 people listened at the Feb. 23 event to Florence Interim City Manager Scotty Davis and Florence County Administrator Kevin Yokim give presentations on projects the city and county have in the works.

They ranged from development projects in downtown Florence to widespread recreation improvements.

Davis pointed to Florence’s downtown being awarded the Great American Main Street Award and its parks and recreation department receiving an award from the United States Tennis Association’s southern region as examples of the city’s success in the past year.

Yokim celebrated millions in economic development projects that the county has unveiled in the past year, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. The electric vehicle battery manufacturer AESC announced another investment at its new factory in December, bringing its total investment to $1.6 billion and 1,600 jobs.

Yokim said officials are considering expanding other industrial parks as well.

“It’s a great time to be in Florence County,” he said.

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