Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill, Tega Cay community breakfast is Friday

The annual Fort Mill and Tega Cay State of the Community breakfast is Friday and officials encourage residents, particularly those involved in the business sector, to show up for the event.

Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. and the presentations begin at 8 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill.

Attendees will get a recap of the year from local municipal leaders and get a glimpse of what’s ahead. Speakers are Dr. Chuck Epps, superintendent of Fort Mill Schools, and Mayors Danny Funderburk and George Sheppard of the Town of Fort Mill and City of Tega Cay, respectively.

“This gives the community an overview of what has been going on the last year or so in Fort Mill and Tega Cay and what’s expected next year, three years, five years down the road,” said Fort Mill Area Chamber Director Trudie Bolin Heemsoth.

“Of course with the growth we’re having and the anticipated new housing developments going in we’re going to have more growth and more students int he school system.”

New residential projects in Fort Mill and Tega Cay – single family home subdivisions and apartment complexes – are expected to generate approximately 2,000 new units in coming years. Even more new homes could be in the pipeline as land deals, such as the purchase of property near Knights Stadium and elsewhere, come to fruition.

It was at the 2011 Chamber breakfast that Epps laid the groundwork for what became a 2012 referendum in which voters approved a $54 million bond issue to expand the school district’s two high schools and build a new elementary school. School officials raised the possibility of building a third high school but opted for the less expensive expansion plan.

Growth is expected to be the focus of Epps’ remarks.

This year’s event, sponsored by Piedmont Medical Center, will have a few surprises. Sheppard will announce a new city innovation as well as a new, annual celebration. Tega Cay is planning an Aug. 31 Labor Day bash with live music and more.

His outlook for the city promises to be sunny.

“The city’s financial picture is that the city is in the best financial position the city’s ever been in,” Sheppard said.

“We can do projects now. Before, we always worried about finding the money to do it but now we’re more flush and we’re able to do those projects.”

One in the works is providing restrooms at Trailhead Park.

Funderburk said his remarks will include “comments on the area's upsurge in growth” as well as a recap of the past year and provide some insight into the town’s budget process.

“My State of the Community comments will highlight some of the past year's accomplishments,” he said. “I'll touch on the current budget cycle, the process and the challenges, etcetera.”

Heemsoth said typically, about 100 people turn out for the breakfast, which rotates annually between Fort Mill and Tega Cay. She said residents who want to get more involved are welcome and for businesspeople, it’s an opportunity to network and learn more about the chamber.

“We will have chamber staff there to speak with anyone inter in more information about the chamber,” she said.

The cost to attend this event is $18 for chamber members and $23 for non-chamber members. For more information, or to pre-register, contact Heemsoth at 547-5900 or