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      Good couple of years for job creation in Horry County

      Community leaders with Myrtle Beach City Council, Horry County Council, and the local legislative state delegation met Monday in Myrtle Beach to discuss the big issues and how Horry County has become a hot destination for new businesses.

      Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. Director Brad Lofton says over the past two years, more than 1,200 jobs have been created in Horry County.

      The big talking point at the meeting was job creation and construction at the backgate of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. December is expected to be a big month for the progression of the backgate project.

      Officials say the Horry County gun manufacturing businesses that relocated to the area have really helped in getting more businesses to come to the area.

      One of the gun manufacturing facilities, PTR industries, announced Monday that they are posting 30 positions and accepting applications that will start work in January.

      Officials also discussed the Myrtle Beach International Technology & Aerospace Park (ITAP) taxiway construction that will connect the airport taxiways to the aerospace park.

      Construction could start before the end of the year.

      Myrtle Beach City Councilman Wayne Gray presided over the meeting. Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes was unable to attend due to a family emergency.