Governor Nikki Haley joined more than 700 South Carolinians Monday at the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Region luncheon.
Gov. Haley says she's extremely proud of the direction in which the region, and the state, is headed.
She said, Carolina is the "it" state, because lots of companies want to do business here.
"It's a great time for the region. It's a great time for South Carolina," said Haley. "Our job is to move on that momentum and keep it strong."
She says 39,000 jobs have been created in 45 of the state's 46 counties under her administration. Some of those jobs came from the Lowcountry.
Haley's democratic challenger for governor, Vincent Sheheen, disagrees. He says Carolina's unemployement rate is not in good shape, and this month it rose to 8.1 percent.
Haley says there's no questioining the growth that's coming to the Lowcountry. With the deepening of Sea Pines Harbor to allow for bigger boats, Haley says Hilton Head is expecting to get more than two milliion visitors, with an expected $1.2 million fiscal impact on the state.
With Jet Blue bringing their business to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, Haley says it's an important benefit to the state, especially Beaufort County.
"What we want to see is infrastructure, whether it's roads, air, the ports. We've got the ports all set," said Haley. "We've got dual rail coming out of Charleston. We've got South West in Charleston and Greenville, and now Jet Blue in Savannah-Hilton Head. It is a great investment in South Carolina."