From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:
Leaders in Dorchester County say they are experiencing unprecedented business growth this year.
"We are seeing a revised interest in all sectors, retail, residential and industrial," Jon Baggett, Dorchester County Economic Development leader, told News 2. "There is new shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter on Dorchester Road that will open soon and just riding around, I can see new homes being built."
Harris Teeter is also mid plans to develop the old Piggly Wiggly on Trolley Road, and the company owns land near the Ponds community off Highway 17-A.
Later this month two other corporations will open and hire 157 employees. Comact USA is located in St George, and the company will hire 40 new employees when they open their doors November 15. American Tactical Imports will open in November in an existing building off Deming Way. The company plans to hire 117 people.
"This year, we have had a record number of inquiries on the industrial side,' Baggett said. "I expect to see that sector grow more for us with the deepening of the Charleston Harbor and Boeing's growth."
"That momentum is important" County Council Chairman, Bill Hearn said. "When people see Dorchester County is a player in the economic development landscape, they come here and take a look at what we have."
In recent years there's been a push by the Council to install infrastructure, like sewer lines, to make the county more attractive.
"It's our job as County Council to make those sites ready and available," Hearn said.
Some of the sites include the Winding Woods development, a site near Patriot Boulevard in North Charleston, and one in Ridgeville.
"We received $4.3 million in grants from the Economic Development Administration to help improve water and sewer infrastructure for ArborGen and Robert Bosch. This has led to nearly 400 new jobs with their growth," Baggett explained.
With the possibility of more jobs, the Economic Development Office turned their attention to education and work skills training.
"One issue we found was the lack of "soft skills." To solve that, we have implemented a Work Ethic Training Program at Woodland High School and the Career School," Baggett explained. "It has been very successful in preparing the future workforce."
Image courtesy of WCBD-TV.