Lowcountry leaders talk about local issues

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin, Beaufort County Councilman Weston Newton and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka answered a number of questions concerning important local issues. They each gave their own take on economic development, the environment, and other community issues.

Council Chairman Newton says as they move forward with economic development efforts in the county, they need to think regionally.

"We're interdependent," said Newton. "Our futures are linked. Jasper has available industrial sites. We've got the available workforce and money to help put into this economic development effort. So what's good for Jasper is good for Beaufort and vice versa."

Nearly 700 community and business leaders attended the annual event at the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island.

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