Yesterday morning, the Greenville Chamber’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the attached resolution in support of the University Ridge redevelopment project. We believe this is a bold, transformational plan that will benefit the County and City of Greenville for decades.
We ask the Council to please put aside the political differences that could derail this project and work together to ensure the successful completion of this project. As you know, at stake is a $1.1 billion development that will create the revenue that will allow you to meet our community’s challenges without raising taxes. It will create thousands of jobs and tens of millions of tax dollars. Perhaps most importantly, it allows the Citizens of Greenville County to transform 37.4 acres of non-tax producing government land near downtown into private-sector facilities that will generate tax revenue and help us recruit the high-wage, high-skill, high-demand jobs that will drive our economy.
If this project does not move forward after last year’s 12-0 vote, the failure to honor the contracts that have been signed, and the reversal of the public relations benefit that that came with the announcement of the project, will negatively impact the reputation of our entire community. With our area’s economy firing on all cylinders, we can’t afford that step backwards.
If you have any questions about the Chamber’s position, you may contact Jason Zacher, our Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy, at 864.787.6608 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your attention to this important issue, and we look forward to working with you to move our great county forward.
Chairman, Board of Directors
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