Richland council chairman: Economic development office has resulted in 15 new companies, 1,350 jobs

dhinshaw@thestate.comMarch 19, 2014 

Richland County

— Richland County’s decision to establish an economic development office four years ago has reaped rewards in new jobs, chairman Norman Jackson said in a speech Wednesday.

Jackson, giving a “State of the County” address, said the office has produced $338 million in investment by 15 new companies generating 1,350 jobs.

Jackson lauded taxpayers who were willing to raise the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax for transportation improvements, saying $1.07 billion in projects also helps puts the county on solid footing for growth.

Jackson was joined by about 75 people for his 25-minute speech and reception at the county administration building. In the audience were five of his council colleagues: Joyce Dickerson, Paul Livingston, Bill Malinowski, Jim Manning and Torrey Rush.

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