Business within the South County Planning Area is based on a rural economy, which is defined as traditional and non-traditional agricultural, horticultural, forestry and maritime pursuits.
Small businesses that meet the local needs of its residents are an important part of our economic vitality. It is expected that with technological advances, more commuters will choose to tele-commute from South County, relying more heavily on local business.
Historically, South County’s primary business has been agriculture. Farming, which provided the area with its beautiful landscape, has been faced with challenges in recent years. Tobacco farming has been replaced by soybean and corn farms. Some landowners within South County have sought alternatives to traditional farming such as sod farming, dog and horse breeding and aquaculture. Identifying creative means to continue the agrarian lifestyle will be a key to preserving the South County landscape.