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with implementing wide-ranging economic and business

development strategies.

Livingston said the town has taken a three-pronged

approach to economic development, focusing largely on

creating a quality of life and place that is “second to none”;

beefing up economic development incentive grants; and

offering robust business services, which include the town’s

marketing efforts.

The development grants have proven especially

popular, according to town officials. Incentives can include

reimbursements for impact, building permit and plan

review fees. In February, the Council unanimously voted

to expand the program by extending available business

license tax reimbursements, a tool that benefits companies

looking to locate in existing buildings.

And in July, rising tech firm Job Market Maker

relocated its offices to 410 Mill St., just off Coleman

Boulevard and along Shem Creek.


A 2.4-mile section of Old Georgetown Road – also

known as Route 17 – that begins at the foot of the

Cooper River Bridge and ends at the fork where it

becomes Route 703 – Ben Sawyer Boulevard – is

renamed to honor Mayor Francis F. Coleman.


A two-year project widens Coleman

Boulevard from a two-lane, 18-foot-wide

road to a four-lane roadway ranging in

width from 52 feet to 62 feet. The Shem

Creek Bridge is also widened from 26

feet to 56 feet.


The first restaurants open on Shem Creek.


The Pearman Bridge across the

Cooper River opens, bringing

more people into Mount Pleasant.

Construction gets underway on the

bypass for Route 17 through former

farmland in Christ Church Parish.


Businesses shift away

from Coleman Boule-

vard to Johnnie Dodds

Boulevard, a frontage

road that parallels the

Route 17 bypass.


Hurricane Hugo

destroys many


on Coleman


Photo by Brandon Clark.


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