There is a perceived lack of public confidence in the Lowcountry Economic Alliance due to a feeling that it has not achieved job creation or is not being forthright in showing its accomplishments. I am aware of these feelings through written and verbal comments throughout the county. Toward the top of the list is a hostile, governmental culture towards business.
There are many strategies to improving economic opportunity in Beaufort County. What works for another county won't necessarily work here. From place to place, a person will find similar and different catalysts that bring jobs to a community: mayors, economic organizations, county managers, the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers, et al.
Government is often good at creating things but not so good at shutting them down when they are no longer needed or become burdens. Government is not the go-to body for creating jobs because of the usual adjectives: inefficient, excruciatingly slow, prone to corruption, bureaucratic. Voter turnout is constantly low along with a public that is not tuned in to how various people manage the government.
Could the Lowcountry Economic Alliance or County Council member behind the LEA please present at the Sept. 16 Governmental Affairs Committee meeting the accomplishments of the LEA? If not, people in the community will continue to believe the costs outweigh the benefits, resulting in a bad investment.