U.S. Congressman James Clyburn, who represents part of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, was in Conway Friday morning hosting a breakfast focused on updating small business owners about legislation that could impact them.
The breakfast was put together by the Conway Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development and Government Relations Committee and sponsored by Santee Cooper.
Clyburn says the 'two T's,' textile and tobacco, used to drive the economy in our area . Now , Clyburn says it's transportation and tourism.
"Heritage tourism is becoming or has become the fastest growing industry in the country today. I believe South Carolina would be missing a tremendous opportunity if it didn't take advantage of that," Clyburn said .
Clyburn urged area business leaders at the meeting to draw on their heritage for economic growth.
"There's a lot in the area to be seen other than the shopping and the ocean, all of which we dearly love," said Joe Woodle, Conway Chamber of Commerce president.
Conway has recently tapped into promoting the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor created in a bill authored by Congressman Clyburn.
The term Gullah Geechee refers to the culture of sea island slave descendants.
"Everything form the basket weaving, to the rich heritage of the people that have served this country in so many different ways," said Woodle.
With the success of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor, congressman Clyburn wants to show off more of South Carolina's history, like adding two more heritage hiking trails.
"There ought to be a heritage trail along the site to the Revolutionary War, those battle sites, the Civil War, and those battle sites," said Clyburn.
With talk of new trails, comes efforts to bring in new businesses and people.
Woodle says it's important for new people to feel welcome.
"The more diverse amount of attractions that we have here, the better off this community will be. You can only stay on the beach and be sunburn for so long," said Woodle.
The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce meets quarterly with people in the community.