WPDE Town Hall - Growth in Horry County: How much is too much?

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From new homes and new companies to traffic backups and an increase in crime – there is no question that Horry County is growing.

According to census data, the county has grown from 197,000 residents in 2000 to an estimated 335,000 residents in 2017 and is expected to grow even more in the next 10 years.

How much is too much? Will this growth benefit Horry County? Will any of it negatively impact the county and residents?

That is what we want to know and discuss.

ABC 15 would like to invite you to attend our town hall to discuss growth in Horry County.

We will talk with police, who are dealing with the increase in crime; the county council chairman; who sets policy and plans for growth; a real estate agent, who deals with home sales/home building; and finally with a professor from Coastal Carolina University, who will talk economics and the impact growth will have on the county’s economy.

Our panel will include Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill; Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus; Realtor and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce former board president Radha Herring and Coastal Carolina University economics professor Rob Salvino.

We will also have Dr. Paul Richardson with Conway Medical Center; Candace Howell, with Horry Georgetown Technical College; Erin Pate, with Coastal Conservation League; Janet Carter and David Schwerd, with Horry County Planning and Zoning; and Joe DeFeo, chairman of the Horry County School Board; as experts in our audience.

Please join us in the discussion from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Burroughs and Chapin Auditorium on the Conway campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College. The address is 2050 US 501 in Conway.

ABC 15 will air the town hall live on air and streaming on our website and Facebook.

Would you like to join us? Please RSVP with your name and phone number at

Please also send any questions you might have ahead of the town hall to ask our panel or our experts. You can email them to us at; send us a Facebook message or tweet us using #WPDETownHall.

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