Five years ago, the Greenwood Partnership Alliance set a goal of bringing $1 billion worth of new investment and 1,000 jobs into the region.
On Thursday, the organization’s CEO said officials remain on track to hit that benchmark with two years left in the plan.
“I don’t know many communities that set a $1 billion goal, so it was very aggressive,” Partnership Alliance CEO Heather Simmons Jones said. “We feel like we are tracking to reach our five-year goal for jobs and investment.”
Through the end of 2018-19, the economic development agency has reported $798 million worth of investment and 774 jobs.
On average, Jones said, the county sees $80 million to $100 million worth of new development annually.
“Roughly over the next two years, we have $100 million to $102 million if we’re going to meet that goal,” Jones told her governing board Thursday afternoon.
Officials also presented their “2018-19 scorecard,” which showed the region surpassed the Alliance’s projects in both job creation and investment.
In total, 286 jobs were created on the strength of $81.75 million worth of investment, with nearly half those positions created through a Fujifilm expansion and construction of a Caterpillar plant. But Greenwood County also shed 320 jobs, largely because of the September 2018 closing of a Sykes call center at Greenwood Mall.