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"Haley orders study of local governments' impact on business"

March 3, 2016

On March 2, Governor Nikki Haley announced the formation of the Local Government Competitiveness Council. The Council will analyze factors and criteria that impact the ability of local governments to attract, retain, and develop business and industry. 

An excerpt from The Associated Press report via The State:

...city and county governments can benefit or burden the business community, so there should be an analysis of local governments' impact on economic and quality-of-life issues.

Haley says the review will help local officials understand what they can do — and how they should vote — to be more competitive.

According to the official press release from the Governor's office:

"The Council will evaluate local governments based on three general categories and will be made up of business leaders with expertise in each of those areas:

Public Infrastructure

Keller Kissam - Senior VP, SCANA Corporation
Deepal S. Eliatamby - President, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Bob Hughes - President, Hughes Development Corporation

Taxes, Business and Industry, and Regulation

Burnet R. Maybank III - Attorney, Nexsen Pruet
Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson - Economist, Acuitas Economics
Suzanne Pucci - Owner, Stanley Steemer of Columbia, S.C.

Workforce Readiness

Dr. Barrie B. Kirk - VP of Corporate and Continuing Education and Economic Development, Midlands Technical College
Kim Phillips - HR Director, Hamrick Mills
Helen Hill - CEO, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson - Economist, Acuitas Economics

A copy of Executive Order 2016-10 can be found on the governor’s website."

Burnie Maybank is a two-time former Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue who now represents companies and organizations needing state and local tax (SALT), tax controversy and economic development incentives assistance. You can learn more about Economic Development and State and Local Taxation (SALT) from Burnie's Blog.

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