By Adva Saldinger The Sun News
It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing about someone who is out of work, but now the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. has more money than ever to try and change that conversation.
Horry County Council nearly quadrupled the economic development group’s budget this year aiming to get results – more jobs and business investments – that have been elusive in recent years.
No major job announcements have been made in Horry County since 2009 and only 612 jobs from new companies have come to the area in the past five years, according to statistics from the S.C. Department of Commerce. That represented 0.7 percent of the 87,526 jobs that came to South Carolina from 2006 to 2010, according to the commerce department.