County commissioners hear positive economic report from Chamber

Jodie Perry, CEO of Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, says 2022 was a busy year and a strong year for economic development in the county. Perry also told Richland County commissioners Tuesday there was a lot of work done that was not “captured in the numbers” including site development and relationship building in the workforce development area that were important steps forward.

According to the annual report, chamber economic efforts closed out nine projects that created 353 new jobs, $14.17 million in new payroll and $58.5 million in capital expenses for the local economy. The resulting economic output, according to a computerized analysis, showed a $105 million impact on the economy including $85 million in direct impact, $12 million in indirect impact and $8 million in induced impact from community spending.

County commissioners hear positive economic report from Chamber

“The commissioners have invested $100,000 (of county funds) in economic development and you got a 1,000-times return,” said Barrett Thomas, chamber director of economic development.

Commissioner Tony Vero said he was curious if chamber officials have any way to measure the net gain in jobs because he has heard about local companies that are “down 30, 40, 50 jobs” or are not filling vacancies. Officials said those figures are provided by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which periodically releases reports on total employment.

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