Originally published at CMCC News.
Announcements and events during just the past few weeks give just a flavor of Mount Pleasant’s approach to attracting and keeping businesses in the town.
One company announced the creation, with hiring starting almost immediately, of 152 jobs; the town held its business appreciation week and hosted the 2016 Mount Pleasant Business Association Expo; and it published a comprehensive guide for companies wanting to relocate and expand.
Mayor Linda Page said the Expo was “exciting.”
“We have a really good strategy and we probably have one of the better business climates since the early to late ’80s,” Page told CMCC News.
Back in the ‘80s, she explained, the population has tripled to an estimated more than 80,000 people with the town still one of the fastest-growing in the state.
Amy Livingston, the town’s business development officer, identified the foundation of the strategy to encourage business growth in Mount Pleasant.
“We continue to grow, but want people to be able to work, live and play in the community — while continuing to diversify our tax base,” Livingston told CMCC News. That echoes the town’s mission statement to create a town that is vibrant, favorable to job creation, and promotes the general prosperity of the community.
Livingston cited the example of a logistics company that just announced the creation of 152 new jobs as “definitely the type of company” that sits well with the town’s economic strategy.
Mount Pleasant-headquartered company JEAR Logistics’ investment and expansion of its workforce is an example of the vibrant business environment, she said. The third-party logistics company announced what is expected to result in a $2.8 million investment with hiring beginning almost immediately.
Founded in 2007, JEAR Logistics is a privately held, third-party logistics company and freight brokerage service. It provides full and less-than truckload services – refrigerated, dry and flatbed – throughout the United States and Canada.
“We’re thrilled to see JEAR Logistics make this substantial investment in the town of Mount Pleasant,” Page said in a statement following the Sept. 15 announcement. “A recognized employer of choice, JEAR Logistics’ expansion supports our economic development mission to advance Mount Pleasant’s quality of life and provide citizens with the opportunity to meet their needs and aspirations.”
Gov. Nikki Haley joined the mayor in praising the expansion, describing the investment and new jobs as “a huge win for the people of Charleston County, and … a real reason to celebrate.”
Also within the last few weeks, the town held its Business Appreciation Week, honoring long-standing business through Town Anchors, a new community-sourced awards program. Partnering with the Mount Pleasant Business Association and the Moultrie News, businesses were nominated online by the community.
Nine businesses were honored: Pitt Street Pharmacy, Mount Pleasant Seafood, Advanced Hearing Care, Royall Ace Hardware, Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital, AgentOwned Realty, SeamonWhiteside, Loy Harn Jewelry, and Atkinson Pools & Spas.
The town also published its Experience Mount Pleasant guide for businesses last month, with points of contacts and a run down of the process needed.