Excerpt from the Beaufort Gazette.
A new economic assessment of Beaufort and Jasper counties paints a mixed picture.
The region lags the nation in job creation, but opportunities for growth exist. Further, a wide majority of the 530 residents surveyed support more funding for economic development.
￼￼The study, which will be delivered to the Lowcountry Economic Alliance today, is the first of a three-phase analysis local leaders hope will create a framework for growth.
Staff from two consulting firms — Avalanche Consulting of Austin, Texas, and McCallum Sweeney of Greenville — unveiled the data Thursday during a conference call with alliance officials and community leaders.
Conversations centered around strengths, weaknesses and perceptions of the local economy. Survey-takers gave the Lowcountry a C-minus for its economic performance over the past five years.
But Avalanche president Amy Holloway said Beaufort and Jasper counties are lagging the national average, at least in terms of employment.