By: Kelly Payne, Social Studies Teacher
Former South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor recently visited Kelly Payne’s IT Kids to recount the state’s recruiting successes during his tenure in that office. He discussed reasons the state was so successful in creating new jobs at the same time the national employment situation was worsening.
Mr. Taylor talked about “soil conditions” that are necessary to attract business and promote growth. Those conditions include a low tax burden, reasonably priced land and utilities, and an educated and trainable workforce. He inspired the students to always try to excel in every class they take, explaining that by doing so they’ll develop valuable skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Prior to serving as Commerce Secretary Mr. Taylor created and operated Southland Log Homes, a thriving, major employer located less than five miles from Dutch Fork High School.