Elected officials and economic development leaders from the upstate were in Columbia Wednesday marking the start of a new group called the I-77 alliance.
The new group will market York, Chester and Fairfield Counties as a world-class business location to attract investment, jobs, entrepreneurs and professional talent.
State Rep. Raye Felder of Fort Mill says the idea is long overdue.:
State Rep. Gary Simrill of Rock Hill said he put in $575,000 for alliance into the next fiscal year that passed the House Tuesday. That half-million dollars will match private funds raised by the three counties.:
State Rep. Ralph Norman, also of Rock Hill, says York County can’t attract jobs and investment on its own anymore.:
Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey likes the idea.:
And State Rep. Tommy Pope of Rock Hill says he’s a big fan of multi-jurisdictional efforts.:
Aside from marketing the region, officials from York, Chester and Fairfield Counties will advocate unique regional sites like a Chester mega site along I-77.