Rural tax incentives pay off in a big way!

One of the significant advantages of having new industries invest in a community is the potential of an increased tax base.  In Columbia County, we have already seen the effects of this from one important industry – renewable energy.  Before the wind industry invested in Columbia County, our tax base was just over $286 million.  Ten years later, our tax base has risen to $868 million.  This is an increase of 227%.  A larger tax base means more revenue for local governments like cities, counties, library districts, fire districts, ports, and so on.  The tax base numbers make it clear:  when new businesses come to Columbia County, Columbia County benefits.

Read about how our newest industry, Columbia Pulp, will benefit Columbia County here.

Port to host retail workshop with Dave Mitchell of the Leadership Difference

Dave Mitchell,  founder and president of the Leadership Difference, will bring his unique form of “enter-TRAIN-ment” to Dayton’s Liberty Theater on Monday, July 9th at 5:30 p.m.  In this free, fun, and informative event, Mitchell will provide practical, tactical and strategic tips for any retailer to apply immediately to enhance their business.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served before the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.  This is a free community event that is open to the public.  Read more here

Columbia County’s economic stars aligning

Attendance was high and news was positive at this year’s annual economic development strategy meeting for Columbia County.

Jobless rates are down, construction of Columbia Pulp has started, plans for walking and biking paths are taking shape and the county is working to address concerns for the future of the fairgrounds. Read full article here.

Industrial Park Space Available

The Rock Hill Industrial Park currently has one building available for lease.  This 3,360 sq. ft. building is zoned light industrial / fringe commercial.  Space includes five offices, reception desk, tech room, copier room, kitchen, conference space, two restrooms (one with shower), and attic storage space.  Also included is 72’x144′ fenced parking lot.  Rent is $1516 per month, including a 12.84% leasehold tax.  See spec sheet for more detail.