BMW exec turned SC jobs chief shifts focus to rural growth

Now that aerospace and automotive industries are anchoring South Carolina’s fast-growing coastal and Upstate regions, Commerce Department chief Bobby Hitt is turning his attention to the places and people that have so far been shut out of a recent manufacturing boom. It means working more closely with educators in some of the poorest school districts so when good jobs become available, the workforce will be ready. “When school superintendents are asked what it would mean to have a large company employing several hundred people in their area, they say it would change the entire landscape for the county,” said Hitt, who is entering his ninth year as head of the state’s top industrial recruiting agency. “We know that’s true, but wishing it doesn’t make it so,” he said. “It requires preparation, and we’ve been charged with doing more preparation to help our more rural counties.” Charleston Post and Courier

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Author: Matthew Randle