Lexington County in position to compete for industry says Councilman Todd Cullum

Lexington County Councilman Todd Cullum at a January meeting.

Will 2018 be a good year, economically, in Lexington County?

There is a lot that is positive in Lexington County said District 9 Lexington County Councilman Todd Cullum, of Cayce. District 9 covers Cayce, Pine Ridge, Dixiana, and part of Edmund.

Cullum just ended a stint as Lexington County Council Chairman. He was replaced by Debbie Summers of Springdale. Cullum’s term ends as some projects, including major job-producers Amazon and Nephron Pharmaceuticals, are showing signs of growing strength.

Cullum said Lexington County’s business climate is conducive to even more economic growth for the future.
“We have a favorable tax structure,” said Cullum. “We have good schools and our people are trained. There is accessibility with three major interstates. Everything is in place for us to do well.”

Cullum also said Lexington County is ready for more, and would welcome a big manufacturer and the jobs it would bring.
“We’re tax friendly, business friendly and the workforce is trained and ready,” said Cullum.
Cullum said it’s an opportune time to be courting industry.

There is a lot of activity in the Southeast right now,” said Cullum. “It’s not just statewide, it’s the whole region.”
Cullum said with Midlands Technical College and the state’s technical school system, Lexington County is in as “good or better shape than anybody. “We can compete with anyone,” he said. “We have a good quality of life.”

Cullum said Lexington County has to vie with other states. “We may be in competition for a project that is also looking at Tennessee, or Atlanta. it’s not just statewide.”  And he is optimistic.

“We are going to have opportunities,” Cullum said. “We just need to condition and prepare the soil so it is as fertile as it can be.”
Cullum also said it’s important for existing Lexington County companies like Michelin, Amazon and Nephron to be successful. He said when those companies expand, it sends a positive message about doing business in Lexington County.