The roll of elected officials is not to "create" jobs. We have already witnessed the fallacy of attempting to do this through the federal stimulus bills. Instead, leaders should provide the right conditions: low taxes, quality education for workers, good roads and other infrastructure that is needed. Legislators should have good relations both with local officials, the governor and the Department of Commerce. I've had and continue to have those relationships.
From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s I worked with local officials to place the infrastructure in Indian Land and then saw it grow into one of the most economically successful areas in SC. I also was involved in final negotiations that brought Sun City to Lancaster County. This is perhaps the most successful economic development in this area since Spring Mills.
Since I work in the building supply business, I, like at lot of others in our area, have felt the effects of the current economic downturn acutely. No one wants to see prosperity return to our region more so than I. I am fully committed to rekindling my contacts across Lancaster and York as well as in Columbia in to ensure that our region gets serious consideration for every prospective business considering SC.