08 Feb Here’s where 1000+ exiting Marines and Sailors can make the difference
Looking for ways to attract industry to Beaufort several years ago, we assembled a group of volunteers to create a non-profit called TWEAC under the leadership of General Garry Parks, USMC, Ret. Our goal was to help exiting military fill the void of skilled workers in the new industries coming to the state.
Will they come to Beaufort for the workforce? Will we have to export the workforce to Charleston and other cities that need talented employees?
This remains to be seen. We are finding the potential workers, but may have to look afar for the jobs. We transport workers from St Helena Island for lesser paying jobs. Why can’t we do the same for those who have the potential to make $35 an hour? I think we can. I also believe that once employees see where the workers are coming from, they will take a closer look at locating the smaller businesses in Beaufort.
I think we have a shot if the cynics will only give us some time and the county will provide marketing support. And this is to say nothing of how programs designed by TCL for exiting military can fit into the picture.