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Delegates at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's 72nd Annual Meeting unanimously elected Randy Randall, mayor of the City of Clinton, as the Association's president of the board of directors
Elections took place on Friday, June 29, at the Association's Annual Meeting
. When asked about his vision for South Carolina hometowns, here is what Mayor Randall had to say:
Why are cities and towns so important to the economic development success of South Carolina?
Cities and towns are the backbone of the state's economic development efforts. City leaders work every day to ensure a positive quality of life to help attract business investment to the state. Cities and towns are partners with other governmental entities and the private sector to encourage investment. We provide infrastructure to support a healthy business climate and partner with other local governments to ensure available resources and streamlined processes and support local education systems, colleges and universities to attract the creative class talent that we need to succeed. Economic development success begins and ends at the local level where we create the environment that brings jobs and investment to South Carolina.
What do you see as the biggest challenge cities and towns face?
As local elected leaders of our state's cities and towns, our biggest challenge is leveraging the availability of public dollars to invest in attracting private investment. In Clinton, growing the economy to provide jobs and business opportunities for residents is a challenge for the city's leadership. We want to keep Presbyterian College students and Clinton's young people in the state after they graduate, and to keep them in South Carolina we need an improving economy, job opportunities, sound public education system and public spaces.
How can cities and towns influence change in South Carolina?
As local leaders, we need to show statewide elected leaders that the City of Clinton along with all other 269 cities and towns in the state have the amenities that are attracting corporations to the state and supporting local small businesses to thrive. We need to have our cities ready before the companies come looking for new sites or small businesses start looking for spaces in our downtowns. We need to make sure that legislators know that cities and towns mean business. We mean prosperity, we mean progress and we mean action.
The Municipal Association of South Carolina is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit Association of incorporated cities and towns dedicated to raising the standards of municipal government through a broad range of services.