The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) and four co-sponsors will be holding town halls across much of the state to engage the public on the possible sale of Santee Cooper, the state’s financially-troubled agency that provides electricity to much of the state.  The next town hall will be in Myrtle Beach on Monday, April 8, form 5-6PM at the Chapin Library, 400 14th Ave N.

“We’re taking this controversial issue about the future of Santee Cooper to the people,” said Frank Knapp Jr., President/CEO of the SCSBCC.  His organization is advocating for the sale of the utility to the private sector in order to eliminate up to $8 billion of the agency’s debt and to close its coal plants in favor of renewable and less-carbon polluting generation.  “The public will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the option of selling Santee Cooper, which is the focus of legislation making its way through the General Assembly.”

Joining the SCSBCC in sponsoring this town hall is The Horry Independent.  Other co-sponsors are the SC Coastal Conservation League, Palmetto Promise Institute and Lexington County Chronicle.  The town halls are open to the public and are free.

Town Halls

Myrtle Beach
April 8, 5-6PM
Chapin Library, 400 14th Ave N., Myrtle Beach, SC  843-918-1275
Co-sponsor: The Horry Independent

April 15, 5-6:30 PM
Orangeburg County Library, 510 Louis St., Orangeburg, SC  803-531-4636

Rock Hill
April 23, 5-6PM
York County Library, 138 East Black St., Rock Hill, SC  803-981-5858

April 29, 5-6:30PM
Sumter County Library, 111 N Harvin St. Sumter, SC  803-773-7273

May 1, 5:30-7PM
Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, SC  803-785-2600

*The Town Halls are not library sponsored events.


The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is a statewide advocacy organization founded in 2000.  With over 10,000 small business and entrepreneur supporters, it has successfully worked to make South Carolina more small business friendly in areas such as healthcare, taxation, regulation, worker training, energy/conservation, workers’ compensation and economic development.

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