The City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has launched the Technology Advisory Group – also known as TAG – with the objective of serving in an advisory capacity to city council, city officials, and the mayor. TAG is composed of 11 members of the community, including representatives from Horry Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. They were appointed by Myrtle Beach City Council from a pool of applicants, based on credentials, experience, and a willingness to serve the Myrtle Beach community.
Based on feedback received from the downtown community, the primary goal of the group is to find opportunities where the city can use technology more creatively and efficiently – while also engaging and recruiting new and existing tech companies to the area.
“We are moving in the direction of becoming a smart city. We’re looking for new equipment that will provide much more information for our residents and our visitors and our businesses,” said city spokesperson, Mark Kruea. “But we also recognize that we’re kind of a one-horse town. We are tourism-related, primarily, and we’d like to expand that a little bit. Technology is one of those ways that we can bring people to Myrtle Beach to work, to live, to play.”
“I’m thrilled to be named to the Technology Advisory Group for the City of Myrtle Beach,” said Joseph Bonanno, Archetype SC co-founder and president, and one of the new members of TAG. “Myrtle Beach is my home, where I own and operate my business, and a community that I hope to see grow in technology. There are so many things that make Myrtle Beach attractive for potential technology companies, and with the guidance of TAG, I think we can turn the Grand Strand into a technology hub in the Southeast.”