The City of Greenwood will be the first municipality to partner with INBiz, a website portal that helps businesses with state law compliance and regulations.
Mayor Mark W. Myers made the announcement Thursday during his State of the City address.
The website provides direct connections to the Secretary of State, the Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Revenue. Myers says Greenwood’s participation means that local business owners will transition the majority of their government interaction into a digital environment.
“It just speeds up the entire process for them and allows them to get through all the red tape in a one stop shop,” he says.
INBiz was launched in 2016 by the Secretary of State’s office and replaced the state’s old legacy system.
During his State of the City address, the mayor also highlighted less positive news. He says Greenwood has far too few police officers and firefighters.
“I have gone four years in a row to the Statehouse and have petitioned for a food and beverage tax, and I’ve claimed clearly it is solely to be used for public safety money,” Myers says, “and have been shot down every year.”
However, Myers also underlined a theme of persistence during his annual address to a crowd of nearly 300. He noted downtown revitalization and said the city continues to experience economic growth, including FedEx plans to build a new facility and create 450 new jobs.