SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Governor Nikki Haley visits Summerville to let citizens know, "It's a great day in South Carolina!" She says more jobs are coming, she's fighting to deepen our port, and to keep Boeing in the Lowcountry. She laid out three goals to move the state's economy forward.
"The future is bright in South Carolina, It's a great day in South Carolina!" Gov. Haley said to a group of about 250 people at the Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
She says the state's priorities moving ahead include: creating jobs, bringing business to the state, and getting people back to work
The governor says a big goal is working with federal leaders to make sure the State Ports Authority gets the money it needs to deepen Charleston's harbor, to strengthen the region's shipping industry.
"Our Charleston port needs the least amount of work, needs the least amount of money to get us up and going, so I am working very closely with the federal delegation to make sure that moves forward, all of that is moving in a good direction," Gov. Haley said.
The governor spoke about Boeing and the NLRB lawsuit involving a union from Seattle. She says a top priority is fighting for the Boeing.
"We have one of the lowest participation in unions in the country in South Carolina. That is getting attention. The more I get on national TV and the more I fight against the NLRB, the more companies start calling and say we want to look at South Carolina," Gov. Haley said. "We absolutely will win this case."
She says the third key in growing the economy is training the state's workforce to lower unemployment rates.
"You are going to see us get very aggressive on a job's training plan starting in January, that's going to really take time to train our people and put them back to work. Until we do that, we're not going to see that number come down," Gov. Haley said.
Gov. Haley says since January the state has been able to attract 13,000 new jobs to the state. The unemployment rate statewide is currently 11.1%, up from 10.9% in July.
There's been speculation by some news organizations that Gov. Haley is among some of the GOP leaders who could be asked to be a vice presidential running mate. Reports say these Republican leaders are keeping themselves in the national spotlight, to position themselves for the job. The Governor says she will not be running.
"I'm absolutely not going to take or accept any sort of vice presidential candidacy. I love my job. I made promises to the people of South Carolina and I intend to keep it," Gov. Haley said.
During her visit to Summerville, Governor Haley also stopped by Pinewood Preparatory School. She spoke to 8th graders about state government, and took a moment to make the students laugh and quiz them about South Carolina trivia.
"It was really exciting and motivational. She was really upbeat. I liked her attitude about everything. It was cool to see her in person," Pinewood freshman Judith Anne Gibson said.