A host of 21 community leaders came to the table to discuss the direction the county needs to move in.
The round table discussion will result in a draft report that will be reported back to the group in a couple of weeks.
The draft will then be complied into a list of four or so items that can be done to improve the efforts and what can be done.
With Central SC Alliance Director Mike Briggs saying that 60 percent of those industries looking at coming to Newberry County want a building the consensus of the group seemed to be building a spec building. This effort is already in the works with Newberry County looking to a new financing effort from Santee Cooper to help construct the 50,000 or so square foot building.
Another idea is to build a recreational complex that would attract tourists for games as well as new residents. The complex would have activities for all ages.
Another idea is to attract smaller businesses to buildings in downtown. This would increase the traffic in the downtown area and get vacant buildings filled.
Education also took a spotlight with the leaders wanting to show others that Newberry County does have a valuable education system.
Another initiative is to promote the county and what the county has to offer and dispel myths about the county.
“A lot of people don’t understand what we have,” said Newberry Electric Cooperative Keith Avery.
“Newberry County is one of the best kept secrets there is,” said Newberry County Council Chair Buddy Livingston.
However facilitator John Hall says it was amazing just to see the number of community leaders working together and that would allow the county to move forward.
“What is possible if all the players get together,” said Hall of the Newberry efforts.
The program came after members of the chamber of commerce, Newberry Business Alliance and Newberry County Council and Economic Development came together to work to combine their efforts verses each acting on its own.