Dr. Barbara Jarrett Harriis

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Supervisor Dr. Barbara Jarrett Harris is running for re-election to the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors representing the Totaro District - District 5 and brings 16 years of experience to the table. She serves as Chair and Supervisor John Zubrod as Vice Chair.

Her campaign motto is “The Candidate that Knows the People…Connects with the People…Works for the People.”

Dr. Harris said in talking with citizens not only in the Totaro District but countywide, economic development and bringing jobs to Brunswick County is a top priority.

“When I talk with citizens bringing good paying jobs to the county is very important. We as a board have taken steps to address that issue by hiring an Economic Development Director, working to improve infrastructure and purchasing land. We know that when a prospect contacts the county we have to be ready with property that is available. We can’t say we will get back to them because it might be too late. A lot of discussions and planning go on behind the scenes,” Dr. Harris said.

Dr. Harris said it takes time to plant seeds for economic growth. Seeds have to be nourished and cultivated to bring results. She called attention to KASS, the new company that will be located in the former Southern States building, and the expansion of Calhoun Mulch in Alberta. Dr. Harris said the opening of DMV Select in the Brunswick County Conference Center is another example of economic development.

“We are very excited to welcome KASS as a new business and to see Calhoun Mulch, an existing business, undertake a major expansion project,” Dr. Harris said.

Dr. Harris said an important part of economic development is being able to offer broadband access, a challenge for many rural areas. She said the recent partnership with Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative through the EMPOWER project will help to address broadband accessibility in the southern part of the county. She called the partnership a major step in the right direction.

“There again it takes time to make things happen but we fully understand the importance of broadband access is to economic development. Broadband access is now part of the conversation when you are talking with a prospective business about infrastructure, right up there with water and sewer and natural gas,” Dr. Harris said.

To read the entire column pick up the Oct. 9, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.