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Chamber CEO Ted Pitts Talks Infrastructure On Carolina Business Review

November 6, 2015

Chamber CEO Ted Pitts Talks Infrastructure On Carolina Business Review

“The Chamber of Commerce used to have eight or ten items that they put forward for the General Assembly to address. This past year, we put forward two: workforce development and infrastructure.” -Ted Pitts, CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Carolina Business Review

Taped October 2, 2015

Airs November 12 at 9:30 PM, ETV

 

Infrastructure Improvements Critical To Attracting Business to South Carolina

“You need to give credit to Speaker Lucas because the House passed a bill with 2/3 vote that sat over in the Senate. We’re hopeful this year that it’s going to happen, that it’s first up in the Senate except for Special Order. You know, Phil’s [Kirk] talking about being disappointed that North Carolina is putting $500 million additional dollars in infrastructure. In South Carolina we’d see that as a big deal. You know, we’ve got to do something. You look at the disrepair of our roads and our bridges and you hear CEO’s like Jack Sanders with Sonoco and Pete Selleck with Michelin and Brian Newman with Honda, when you hear that conversation that it’s effecting the way South Carolina is perceived for expansions and other things, it’s something that we have to address this year.”

The Time Is Now To Address our Infrastructure Problems in South Carolina

“I think we’re there. This is the second year of a two year legislative session. The Chamber of Commerce used to have eight or ten items that they put forward for the General Assembly to address. This past year, we put forward two: workforce development and infrastructure. You see folks talking about it – the Senate Republican Caucus has issued now a plan which I think it’s important to get them on board on understanding that we have to do something. A bill has passed out of Senate Finance. So we are hopeful that this year, even though it is an election year, is a year that the General Assembly is finally going to act.”

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