While Greenwood County dominated the economic development news with the Colgate-Palmolive story, other Lakelands counties had several development successes in 2013.
Prepackaged food manufacturer Sunny Z Foods Inc. will bring $12 million and 150 jobs to Saluda County during the next five years. While smaller than Colgate-Palmolive's numbers for Greenwood County, the trickle down effects for the much smaller Saluda County are impossible to ignore.
County Council Chairman Don Hancock said the county threw the proverbial kitchen sink at landing Sunny Z.
"We did offer them an incentive package," Hancock said. "We helped with the purchase of the property and provided a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement to help get them on the ground."
To continue spurring such investments, the Saluda County Development Partnership was formed in 2013 and figures to be part of any such economic stories in 2014 and beyond. The SCDP is a public-private partnership modeled, in part, on the Greenwood Partnership Alliance.
"Some of the partners are the biggest names in Saluda County," Hancock said. "SCE&G, Comporium (Communications), Mid-Carolina Electric, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Titan Farms, Amick Farms and Piedmont (Technical College). So these are some heavy hitters for us and we're very excited to have them involved with this project."
Also key to economic development efforts is the continued expansion of the Saluda County airport.
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