Economic Development

Updated: Mar 31

As Chairman of the County Council, John uses his CPA experience and his experience in handling local government budgets to make Oconee strong.





Because of his extensive experience as a C.P.A., John was elected Chairman of the County Council and has been leading the budget committee since he was elected in 2019.


Oconee has the 3rd lowest property taxes in SC.


SC ranks 3rd in Site Consultants Top States for Doing Business.


The support John has given to vote in favor of outcomes that impact economic development include bringing Horton, to the area in 2020.

John's experience Keeps Oconee Strong!

  • 4.51% Decrease in Poverty Rate

  • 1.08% Population Growth

  • 6.68% Median Household Income Growth

  • 8.45% Growth In Employment

  • 2.7% Unemployment Rate | Data Here

  • Since I was elected to council in 2019, under my leadership as Council Chairman, we prepared a new "Citizen Driven" Comprehensive plan with a strong call to action! I have been effective as District 1 Councilman and Chairman of the Council with planning implementation that has addressed major areas of concern that include:

  • TRANSPORATION

  • JOBS

  • HOUSING

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • NATURAL RESOURCES

  • PLANS FOR FUTURE GROWTH

  • TOURISM

  • QUALITY DEVELOPMENT PRESERVING QUALITY OF LIFE

  • 1,1000 completed surveys

  • Over 600 public comments

  • Coordinated long-term planning that included both public + private sector citizens

  • Detailed analysis of growth management needs

  • Citizen driven input applied for coordinated capital investment decisions

  • 14 focus groups and 15 stakeholder groups that included industry, business, environmental, social, and community groups.

  • 20 Planning Commisssion Meetings

  • Visible difference in downtown retail and commercial development

  • Reuse of the Utica Mill site

  • Safe cycling route development

  • Preservation of farmland and forests with strong collaboration between landowners and the public

  • Systematic road maintenance improvements with a focus on influencing the state to invest in state roads while we focus on county road improvementsSupporting the Economic Alliance


"I will continue to stay committed to bringing corporations to Oconee County so that our community can stay strong and grow for the future."




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