CONWAY — Horry County could know in as little as two weeks whether more than 1,000 new jobs will come to the area.
The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. hopes to hear in a couple of weeks whether Project Blue will be locating in the area, said EDC’s president and chief executive officer Brad Lofton, who’s optimistic about the deal.
EDC executive committee members and members of the Horry County Council met Monday afternoon in a closed meeting to discuss changes to the contractual agreements for Project Blue, which would bring 1,020 jobs to the area.
After 2 ½ hours, the council did not make any decisions and will discuss the issue further when it meets again in meeting called for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Officials still won’t reveal the name and nature of Project Blue’s business because of confidentiality agreements with the company until the deal is finalized, but Lofton has confirmed it would be located in the Carolina Forest area, making a $75 million annual economic impact on the area.
The average wage would be $14.36 an hour for Project Blue jobs.
The EDC is pursuing 14 other prospective companies, including Project AF and Project BL –the names business recruiters use when talking about the companies that haven’t been revealed.
Project AF and Project BL would bring 79 and 65 new manufacturing jobs, respectively, to the Myrtle Beach area.