The economy of Florence, like many others in the nation, has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. The lack of adequate delivery and dispensing of the vaccine has pushed the economic recovery that is yet to come deeper into 2021. The mandates to school from home have further damaged the economy trapping families in their homes and keeping parents out of the workforce.
No other candidate has as much experience in job creation than Robby Hill. Hill has been an entrepreneur since the age of 17; having received accolades from the State of SC, SBA, and The White House recognizing his entrepreneurial spirit at such a young age. Hill has served on the board of the SC Chamber of Commerce, Florence Chamber of Commerce and Chaired the inaugural Coker University Leadership & Entrepreneurial Advisory Council.
Today Hill presents his 5 step plan to ensure the City of Florence leads the economic recovery necessary. Hill stated: “The pain of our small business community can not be ignored as they have had to pivot endlessly and fight enormous economic headwinds for much of 2020 and now it continues into 2021. Our City must not be passive in the recovery efforts to help our business owners to protect their work and the jobs that they have created.”
The RebuildFLO plan includes opening a City Office of Economic Development to coordinate efforts across the City to attract, create, and retain jobs. The City needs to launch a revolving loan fund for small business, draw attention to and coordinate continued shop local campaigns, and offer flexible payment plans for business licenses. Finally the City should leverage federal opportunity zone’s within the City to usher in a new wave of blockbuster job-creating economic development projects.
Dr. John Keith; a prominent entrepreneur and early investor in Florence’s revitalized downtown has reviewed Hill’s plan. “I have known Robby Hill for over a decade and he is a respected business leader with the experience and the vision to lead our economic revival. He has demonstrated leadership and knowledge of the issues business owners such as myself face.”
Hill’s economic recovery plan is but one of several key policy initiatives the campaign has put forth. Hill also consulted with advisors and crafted a sweeping violent crime prevention plan. Hill has stated he wishes to present more than just talking points as he sets out his vision for what the District 3 Councilmember can accomplish.