Horry, Georgetown counties to consider strategic planning

Horry and Georgetown county councils each began looking at strategic planning Wednesday — a feat both administrators plan to propose to their respective councils in the spring and both well aware of the challenges they may face.

A presentation on successful strategic planning was given by Rock Hill City Administrator David Vehaun Wednesday to a joint meeting of both councils.

The uptick in the economy and increased growth the area is seeing was the reason for exploring the strategic plan now, said Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge.

“We wanted to see if we could take what they had done and mold it to what best fits for our organizations,” Eldridge said.

Neither council has committed to create the strategic plan, but both administrators said they anticipate each council to discuss whether they want to start the process, which includes surveying residents countywide, in the spring. The earliest the processes would be completed would be in 2016.