Update #1 ·

Update on February 04, 2013


Gov. Nikki Haley, Commerce to host 23rd annual Rural Summit in Aiken this March, COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce will host rural and economic development leaders from across South Carolina next month for the 23rd annual South Carolina Rural Summit, presenting a program that will challenge attendees to improve local communities.

The Summit will be held at the Municipal Center, located at 214 Park Avenue SE, in Aiken on Monday, March 4, beginning at 8:30 AM.

"Rural communities across our state play an important role in South Carolina's economic success. The Rural Summit provides a chance for local leaders to come together and share ideas about how to make their communities more competitive in attracting investment," said Gov. Nikki Haley.


Dear Governor Haley,

It is so important to enhance the image of South Carolina's rural communities by showing America that South Carolina rejects bear baying, recognizes it as a cruel and outdated practice and takes action to free the bears that are suffering under the permits issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Activities such as bear baying that are so widely opposed, can never promote investment in rural communities. In fact, it does quite the opposite. A small special interest group is successfully damaging the perceived image of South Carolina rural communities as news continues to circulate in regards to their continued failure to end documented and ongoing acts of cruelty related to bear baying.

We, the people, respectfully ask that you request the required documentation from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs as referred to them in the 119th session of the South Carolina General Assembly on February 15th, 2011. We ask that you issue a request to have the process expedited so Section 16-27-80(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 345 of 2006 and Section 50-11-430(D)(6) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 286 of 2010 can be amended and written into law as soon as possible.

Thank you for your leadership in amending South Carolina law to benefit rural businesses and communities.

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