Richland County’s emergency and support staff were recognized recently by Council Chair Norman Jackson as examples of dedication and commitment to public service.
During a “State of the County” address in Council chambers Wednesday, Jackson cited the employees for their work during the January and February winter storms to ensure the safety of residents. He said preparation was the key to workers’ effective storm response – and serves as an example of how being prepared helps the County with decisions in economic development, financial management, transportation needs and more.
“I believe we’re on the right track,” Jackson said. “Richland County has a bright future ahead. But it’s imperative we lay down the right foundation to get us where we need to go.”
Jackson spoke for about 25 minutes to an audience of residents and County employees. He was joined by five members of Council – Joyce Dickerson, District 2 and Council Vice Chair; Bill Malinowski, District 1; Paul Livingston, District 4; Torrey Rush, District 7; and Jim Manning, District 8.
The speech, which drew enthusiastic applause at some points, highlighted several financial issues.
Jackson urged residents to contact state legislators in reference to increasing funding for the Local Government Fund to help keep taxes down. He also heralded the work of the County’s economic development office which has brought 15 new companies and more than 1,300 jobs to the County, and he applauded residents for voting to approve the penny tax for transportation programs. Jackson also emphasized the need for regional partnerships with other local government and entities, such as Lexington County, the City of Columbia and the University of South Carolina.
“Partnership is very important,” he said.