The City of Georgetown, South Carolina's third oldest port city, seeks to promote a positive business environment in order to provide a high quality of life for its citizens. The City's main sources for jobs include manufacturing and retail trade. It also serves as the governmental and industrial center for Georgetown County. The Georgetown Steel Mill and the International Paper Company are two of the area's major employers.
The City greatly benefits from its close proximity to the Myrtle Beach area. The recent boom in tourism along the Grand Strand increased the number of visitors to the City's revitalized downtown commercial district. The downtown offers a scenic view of the Sampit River via the Harborwalk, unique shops and restaurants and historic homes within walking distance.
Georgetown's waterfront location, temperate climate and the recreational amenities it offers were some of the reasons National Geographic Adventure magazine recently named the City a "Top Ten Summer Sports Mecca." The beaches of Pawleys Island and Litchfield are only a short drive away as are a 17,500 acres wildlife preserve and a public garden.
The City of Georgetown's relaxed lifestyle, numerous cultural opportunities, nearby beaches and low cost of living led to the City's recent designation as one of "The 50 Best Small Southern Towns" in a recent book by Gerald W. Sweitzer and Kathy Fields. Qualifications for designation included readily available cultural and recreational attractions, healthcare options, Internet access and adult education opportunities.
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