Outlook summit highlights plan for economic development
March 5, 2014
t’s a new era for economic development in Georgetown County. That’s what Brian Tucker, the new director of the county’s economic development department told local leaders in business and government Tuesday at an inaugural Economic Development Outlook Summit.
The event, organized by and hosted in cooperation with Horry-Georgetown Technical College, took place at the school’s Georgetown campus and gave attendees a glimpse at where economic development efforts are headed under Tucker’s leadership. Present were representatives from local industry, County Council, Georgetown City Council, Andrews Town Council, Georgetown County School District, the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Economic Development, as well as strategic workforce development partners.
“We’re working with a blank slate,” said Tucker, who joined the county’s staff in January. He said he’s starting fresh and plans to use the county’s existing assets to lure industry and create job growth, rather than allowing plans to hinge on dredging of the Georgetown Port and securing interstate access, which have long been identified as two of the area’s biggest hurdles in achieving economic growth...
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Three national fishing tournaments coming to Campbell marina
March 4, 2014
A national catfish tournament coming to Georgetown in April will be the first of three major fishing tournaments the county will play host to over the next 14 months, attracting national attention and hundreds of fishermen and their families from across the country.
Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will stop in Georgetown for a two-day super event on April 25 and 26. Anglers will compete for cash prizes up to $5,000, with a guaranteed payout of $10,000. Weigh-ins will take place at the county’s Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River. During the King Kat tournament, the Campbell Marine Complex will also feature a free kids fishing rodeo sponsored by Cabela’s, Crappie USA and Georgetown County Parks and Recreation. Signup for that event starts at 8 a.m. April 26, with the rodeo running from 9-11 a.m. Children age 12 and under are eligible to participate and enter to win one of six $1,000 scholarships.
The Inshore Fishing Association Redfish Tour and Kayak Tour are additionally scheduled for Georgetown this year, from Aug. 15-17. And county officials received word just last month
that Georgetown County will be host to the weeklong B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional Championship April 19-25, 2015...
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Georgetown County returns to normal operations, cleanup begins
Feb. 21, 2014
After 10 days of operating at an elevated preparedness status, Georgetown County government has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which indicates normal daily operations.
The county moved to OPCON 4, an “alert” status, on Feb. 11 as a result of Winter Storm Pax and reached OPCON 3 the following day before going back to OPCON 4 late last week, where it remained until today.
The public is reminded that pickup of winter storm debris in the right-of-way will begin on Monday. Georgetown County residents are asked to place any storm-related vegetative yard debris, including tree limbs, on the public right-of-way — the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. This does not include private drives or roadways. Debris should not be bagged; only loose vegetative yard waste will be collected. Do not place debris near mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants or any other above-ground utility. Construction debris and other garbage will not be collected and the homeowner may be cited for putting that type of material out for pickup.
Anyone with questions about storm-related debris should call (843) 545-3999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anyone in need of other assistance, such as replacement of food lost during electrical outages, should dial 211.
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Residents asked to report storm-related damages
Feb. 14, 2014
The Georgetown County Emergency Management Division is asking that all county residents and businesses notify division staff of any physical damage to personal property directly related to Winter Storm Pax. This would include any damage to homes and other structures, and/or vehicles, such as from fallen trees.
This information will help emergency management staff as they proceed with damage assessment. Please report any storm-related damage to (843) 545-3273.
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