Business, government leaders lobby state on behalf of York County

Posted March 4, 2014 9:50 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

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Around 150 York County leaders in business, government and education spent the day in Columbia Tuesday, lobbying for York County with lawmakers and state agency heads.

State Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, State Parks and Recreation Director Duane Parrish, Insurance Commissioner Ray Farmer and acting S.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall were among state the state cabinet agencies represented York County Day. The annual event was organized by the York County Regional Council of Chambers of Commerce.

Hitt said just over 2,600 new jobs have come to York County since he was appointed to the office by Governor Nikki Haley in 2011 — and is proud of the efforts York County and specifically Rock Hill have made towards fostering economic growth.

“Rock Hill has been very progressive,” Hitt said, noting city leaders recognize the city sits on the frings of the Charlotte market. “[they’ve] put infrastructure in and done things to support the growth of people living in Rock Hill who revolve around the orbit of Charlotte.”

Hitt also cited the workforce training efforts — including technology centers in high schools to York Technical College and efforts to bridge students to a four-year degree.

“The more people people get educated, they more they make in life,” Hitt said. “That’s just a fact.”

Later in the afternoon, state lawmakers addressed leaders’ concerns on ongoing issues in columbia, including education funding, road improvements and water and sewer issues in Tega Cay.

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