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Horry County Launches Surveys for Residents and Businesses

Following the Welcome Back Committee meeting on Thursday, May 14, Horry County Government is launching two survey tools to better understand the unmet needs of our residents and businesses in the COVID-19 environment. 

Horry County is requesting input on the greatest community needs related to COVID-19 to direct investment initiatives of federal and state resources awarded to the County including U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) supplemental funding to assist in the response and recovery of the effects of COVID-19. We are requesting that community members take the survey(s) below and help share these tools throughout our community.

Residential Unmet Needs Survey:

Business Unmet Needs Survey:

The deadline to participate is Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The results of these surveys are planned to be presented to the Horry County Welcome Back Committee Meeting scheduled for May 28, 2020. 

Horry County Council Chairman Announces Welcome Back Committee

At a press briefing this afternoon, Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner announced the formation of a working “Welcome Back” committee to address economic recovery following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.

The Committee will be chaired by Horry County Councilman Orton Bellamy. At this time members include:

Richard Carroll

John Cassidy

Rick Elliott

Johnny Gardner

Wayne Gray

Tyler Servant

Lance Thompson

Members of Horry County staff represented on the committee include Police Chief Joe Hill, Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner, Assistant County Administrator for Public Safety Randy Webster, Assistant County Administrator for Administration Barry Spivey and County Administrator Steve Gosnell. In addition, representatives from each municipality will be invited to attend. Other members may be appointed.

Chairman Gardner said, “Horry County is one of the hardest hit areas in our state economically and we are going to have to work together and take action to ensure our businesses recover and are ready to welcome our residents and visitors. I’m certain that we have the right team in place to tackle this challenge and help us come back stronger than ever.”

The Committee is planning to hold its first meeting in the near-term future and specific details will be provided at