Livable Wage Summit held on October 18, 2018
Living Wage Summit Held at Winthrop University
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, a Living Wage Summit was held at Winthrop University. The forum was hosted by Mayor John Gettys and The City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council. Guest speakers included Mike Shealy, Budget Director SC State Senate and Dr. Laura Ullrich, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Economics at Winthrop University.
Shealy presented economic and demographic data about South Carolina and statistics on York County employment growth and housing costs. He also shared how business investments and strong economic development is impacting Rock Hill and York County, as well as other population centers in South Carolina.
Ullrich presented information about the differences between minimum, poverty and living wages and how they compare to basic family expenses and housing costs in York County. She illustrated how expenses such as day care, transportation and housing affects the living wage calculation and a family’s ability to meet basic needs in Rock Hill and York County.
Mayor Gettys concluded the forum by saying, “The strong economic development happening in our area, new bus transportation and many other positive initiatives and opportunities makes this a great time to be talking about a living wage.” The City of Rock Hill has committed to pay a livable wage of $14.50/hr for all full-time staff by December 1 of this year. The Mayor encouraged continuing the living wage conversation. Citizens can attend upcoming community meetings to discuss topics including the transit system, public safety, the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center, Opportunity Zones and the Knowledge Park Action Plan. Meetings will be held on October 25 at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center and October 29 at Ebinport Elementary School.