Beaufort to highlight new Commerce Park at monthly chamber event

Beaufort City leaders are targeting area business leaders Thursday, July 12, by inviting them to the newly acquired Beaufort Commerce Park as part of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce's monthly Business After Hours event.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase the Commerce Park to our 'ambassadors,' the business community of northern Beaufort County," said Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling. "Our goal is to place a spotlight on the fact that the Commerce Park is open for business, that companies are doing business out there and that we have plans to help existing businesses grow and for new ones locate to the park."

Admission to the After Hours is $10 for Chamber members and invited guests and $20 for non-members. It is scheduled from 5:30 tp 7 p.m. in the conference room at Parker-Hannifin. The location is off Highway 21 at the corner of Parker Drive and Schork Road.

Beaufort recently completed purchase of the 167-acre Commerce Park located off U.S. 21 near the Highway 21 Drive-In Theater and across from the Marine Corps Air Station.

Part of Beaufort's comprehensive plan includes expanding the city's economic base while growing and grooming its core areas through infill development. The City Council uses the comp plan to guide its decisions.

Kershaw and Sumter, SC, both own their own industrial parks, and Rock Hill and Clinton own three industrial parks each. Cheraw, Chesterfield and Orangeburg own partial stakes in commerce parks, according to the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

For more information about Business After-Hours, contact the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce at 843-525-8500.