Letter | Revenue growth will come without economic development efforts

08/14/2014 5:02 PM

08/14/2014 5:03 PM

Horry County’s Economic Development

It saddens me that Horry County is searching to replace leadership of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Corporation. I feel it is a complete waste of our tax money.

It appears all forms of government (city, county, state, federal) are now touting the fact that they are creating jobs. I believe this is much like the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” in which it took a child to tell him he had no clothes.

They say these jobs are due to government economic development activities. I disagree. I am pretty sure from 1960 to 2006, Horry County had huge growth in revenue with no help from any economic development nonsense. I bet the county will have strong economic growth from 2015 to 2030, regardless of anything Horry County government does.

Businesses will choose to open, close or move to where they think they can make a profit and where the owner wants to live. It’s that simple.

Why do we need to be in “negotiations” with some business to move here. There is no need. What’s to negotiate? Don’t offer free buildings and tax breaks. If they like it here, they will come.

Just like tourism, people come for the beach and weather, not because of some ad in a magazine. We don’t need more call centers and factories; they won’t make Horry County a better place to live. No government officials need to be taking credit for creating new jobs.

I believe the public needs to vote out any candidate that says they are going to create jobs or increase tourism.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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