Trident CEO Council urges governor to focus on infrastructure improvements

Tom Leonard, executive director of Charleston, South Carolina-based Trident CEO Council, recently penned a letter to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley urging her to take action with regard to the state's declining infrastructure.

"The status of our infrastructure in South Carolina is deteriorating," Leonard wrote. "Our roads and bridges are falling apart and there has been little action taken. We clearly recognize that it is vitally important that our employees, customers, products and services move in a safe and efficient manner throughout our region and state. It is time to address infrastructure funding in this upcoming legislative session."

Leonard pointed out that these problems could negatively impact the Palmetto State's ability to perform in the national marketplace.

"The condition of our infrastructure isn’t just a concrete and asphalt issue — it is quickly becoming a major impediment to the future growth and economic development of our state," Leonard wrote. "During your first four years of office, you have become known as our economic development governor. There is concern that the great success at attracting and expanding jobs in our state will soon begin to wane if our infrastructure continues to deteriorate while our neighbors and competitors, North Carolina and Georgia, take advantage of this flaw in our state’s competitiveness. We are asking you and the legislature for a dedicated revenue source to help solve this significant problem facing our state. It’s time we solve the problem instead of ignoring it."

Leonard encouraged Haley to continue focusing on South Carolina's economic progress.

"We applaud your efforts making South Carolina a more competitive economic driver in the region and country," he wrote. " To continue this success we must bring our roads and bridges up to par with our competitors in the Southeast."

The Trident CEO Council is made up of executives from South Carolina's Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. The tri-county region employes more than 10,000 workers; the organization's mission statement is "Stand for Progress."

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