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.