A visit to williamsburgcounty.sgizmo.com to complete a short, 10 minute survey could be the key in guiding job creation and other economic development opportunities in Williamsburg County. The survey is in alliance with an August 22, community visioning session held at Santee Electric Cooperative. Citizens from all walks of life attended the session where they contributed their own ideas for the county from an economic perspective. The session was hosted by representatives from Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA), an economic development consulting firm engaged by the Williamsburg County Economic Development Corporation to develop a strategic plan to guide economic development efforts for the county over the next five years in order to enhance current efforts to attract jobs, and promote the area as a business location. The session concluded with the announcement of the survey.
However, the survey hasn't seen many visitors.
The reasons may vary as to why citizens haven't taken the time to complete the survey but there is still time to participate. “On behalf of Williamsburg County Council, I would like to encourage as many entities, civic and social organizations, and interested citizens to take a few moments to participate in our Strategic Planning Process by completing this survey," said Williamsburg County Supervisor Stanley Pasley. "Providing participants an opportunity to share their thoughts and vision for the future of Economic Development in Williamsburg County. Your response will ensure that our desire will be realized.”
In addition to the session and the survey, approximately 500 letters have been mailed and 150 phone calls were made in an effort to get the word out. “I hope everyone in the county of all ages will take a moment right now to complete this brief survey," said Rachel Montgomery who is a member of the Williamsburg County Economic Development Corporation. "The strategic plan needs to reflect the broadest possible cross-section of our population—only then will Boyette Strategic Advisors be able to draft a plan that is representative of the needs and wants, challenges and barriers, to economic development. Only a plan based on representative input will be able to be implemented and help us work towards a bright future.” The survey will remain online through September 17. For additional information, contact Williamsburg County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Hilton McGill at (843) 355-8993.