Spirit of cooperation
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Latest Activity: Sep 08, 2013 at 8:59 PM
There was, if nothing else, a truce for a few days.
There was no squabbling, no bickering, no pointed comments or veiled
barbs were mentioning during the Chamber’s annual community retreat.
With the lion’s share of the contentious issues between governments —
service delivery and local option sales tax proceeds — put to rest at
least for a while, there was at the surface a spirit of cooperation.
“We’ve got to start thinking where everybody wins,” Rincon City
Manager Wesley Corbitt said.
“We’ve gotten territorial and protective, and that’s gotten in the way
of working together,” Rincon Mayor Ken Lee said, perhaps using the
royal and more inclusive “we.”
There were discussions about
Among the issues discussed and agreed upon as items to take action
upon were an alternate access to I-95, access to the Research Forest
Tract, erection of a Gateway sign to be paid for by hotel and motel
tax receipts and a billboard on I-95 to let motorists know of
Effingham’s tourist options.
There was also talk of doing something with the old Atlas Sand Company
site and seeing what could be done to hold bass tournaments on the
Attendees also talked about a concerted effort to shop locally and to
proactively fill the existing empty retail space. There was also talk
of help for startup businesses, and the Chamber recently updated its
small business handbook. There was also discussion of utilizing the
Small Business Development Center and Small Business Assistance Center
in Savannah. Another point of emphasis was training the workforce to
meet local needs, and getting community support for the Chamber’s
Workforce Development Committee.
“We’ve got some things on our to-do list,” said Dinah King, president
of the Chamber. “There’s a lot of excitement about the things going
on in our county. I think we are seeing good interaction and
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