A coalition of 100 Lexington County political and business leaders is championing a state tax incentive for Amazon to ensure the online retailer will open a distribution center near Cayce that is expected to bring more than 1,200 jobs to the Midlands.
The group, which held a news conference Thursday, is working to persuade some of its own to back the proposal, since county lawmakers remain split.
The split makes the problem a Lexington County problem – since no Lexington lawmaker is pushing what the company wants in the General Assembly, which must approve the break. And with no help from a noncommittal governor, who also happens to be from Lexington County, the coalition on Thursday appealed to voters.
“If you think Amazon is good for the Midlands, please tell your state elected officials that you support ... the legislation,” said Scott Adams, a telecommunications executive and leader of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. “The pluses outweigh the minuses.”
A deal needs to be reached quickly, Adams said.