Not very often do I write a letter to the editor, but I feel compelled to do so concerning Project Jackson. The feelings of Aiken County residents and Council members seem evenly divided on this subject. I can think of many positive ways Aiken County will benefit and see very few negative aspects by accepting Project Jackson. Among some of the positive achievements is an economic projection of nearly 1,000 jobs created in our area. These employees will be working at a new stadium and conference center we can take our children and grandchildren to enjoy; and they can take their children and grandchildren to enjoy. I personally will be able to take my family to semi-pro games that we previously haven’t been able to attend at the existing Augusta facility due to its location and inconvenience. We can possibly take a neighborhood child or two, and introduce them to a future Hall of Famer.

Baseball, concerts, fireworks, big name entertainment are just a few of the good clean family fun orientated events we all will benefit from this proposal. The “trickle down economic effect” will benefit all of Aiken County, except possibly the most remote parts of the county, and together, we can work on this. My family is located in Graniteville so we are overjoyed at what we could possibly receive .

North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover has asked Aiken County School Board, Aiken County Council and Aiken County taxpayers for “partnership,” for us to come together as one strong positive force to make this dream come true. The type of plan that is proposed  to build the stadium is called a TIF, Tax Increment Financing. It has proven it can work, and it will work.

In conclusion, I’m asking each and everyone concerned, for the good of Aiken County, to please call your Council member, and let them know you support Project Jackson. Possibly write a letter to the editor letting the public know you support or join us Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Aiken Technical College Auditorium to show that in Aiken County, we are ready, willing and able to work with each other on this good, positive, progressive opportunity we have in Project Jackson.

 Robert Wise