Attracting tech businesses in Horry, Georgetown counties

A state grant could help our area launch more tech start-ups along the Grand Strand.

The Department of Commerce has a $2.5 million innovation grant that groups throughout the region can apply for.

Cowork MYR has been working with the Georgetown Economic Development Corp


and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp

to apply for $250,000 of the grant money.

The group that applies has to be willing to match the money.

If our area receives the money, it will be used for the Grand Strand Startup Initiative program.

"We are starting the Grand Strand Startup Initiative to provide the resources necessary in this region of South Carolina to provide individuals with the opportunity to take their ideas and turn them into the reality of a scalable business," said Mike Schroll, Cowork MYR Founder.

Other parts of the initiative involve promoting our area to potential talent and entrepreneurs from outside of the state, called

Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp


's President and CEO Brad Lofton told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that tech startups have an important place here.

"We don't have an interstate, and so if we are going to grow jobs here, we have to go for certain types of jobs that don't necessarily need an interstate, so like manufacturing, aerospace, and primarily technology," Lofton said.

The deadline to apply for the grant is February 28th.