Building Our Workforce 

We focused on workforce development in the district this week. We have to be ready for the opportunity that tax reform, the Dillon Inland Port, and I-73 will bring!

I started out the week meeting with high school superintendents and principals from Marion, Marlboro, and Dillon. We discussed our shared priority of ensuring every student knows about the different types of opportunities available to them after high school. I also toured PALM Charter High School, the only motorsports high school in the country. Their students take classes in collision technology, motorsports, and graphics. They graduate with a unique skill set they can use to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. The students I met have bright futures ahead of them! 

 

 
 

DMA Holdings Tour

 
  I toured the newly opened DMA Holdings facility in Mullins this week. DMA Holdings is an automotive supplier headquartered in Tabor City, North Carolina that recently opened their 300,000 square-foot Mullins distribution and technology center. This $4.7 million investment will create upwards of 30 jobs and employees will begin work next week. DMA Holdings decided to expand to Mullins because of the proximity to the Dillon Inland Port. Companies like DMA Holdings who want access to the port, which gives them access to the world markets, will be attracted to this area and create good paying jobs in our community. 

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Hurricane Matthew Recovery

 
  After the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, my offices helped secure $95 million to help impacted families rebuild their homes and lives. This week, I had the opportunity to check in on some of the homes that are being rebuilt using this funding. I met with the contractors and representatives from state disaster relief agencies to discuss their progress on the projects. I also got to meet with my constituents who will soon be able to move back into their newly rebuilt homes.                                                       

 
 

Preserving Memories 

 
  I am participating in the Veterans History Project, a Library of Congress initiative to archive the stories of U.S. veterans for future generations. I conducted my first interview this week with my friend and American hero, Lieutenant Clebe McClary. For those of you who don't know his story, Lieutenant McClary sacrificed a lot for his country leading his recon platoon through an enemy ambush on a hill in Vietnam. Where most would have died or given up, Clebe persevered and led his men to safety. During this battle, a young man named Ralph Johnson threw himself on a grenade, giving his life for Clebe and his compatriots in the Texas Pete Platoon. Just a few weeks ago, Clebe and I both attended the commissioning of the U.S.S. Ralph Johnson in this brave young man’s honor. Today, Clebe spends his time traveling the country giving inspirational speeches and helping fellow veterans and trauma victims. Clebe shines a light wherever he goes, and is a true American hero. I am so proud that his story will be preserved in the Library of Congress so that future generations will always remember his selflessness, service, and sacrifice. If you are interested in participating in the Veterans History Project, contact one of my offices. 

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ICYMI: Carolina This Week 

 
  I joined Trey Paul on Carolina This Week to discuss how tax reform, the Dillon Inland Port, and I-73 will positively impact the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee. We are geared up to create opportunity that will transform generations in the Seventh District! Watch the full interview below. 

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