Ron Rivera, Panthers on the prowl during visit at the State House on Thursday

Ron Rivera, Panthers on the prowl during visit at the State House on Thursday

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Representatives from the Carolina Panthers, including Head Coach Ron Rivera, met with Governor Henry McMaster (R-SC) and other lawmakers in Columbia Thursday.

When asked about the progress of talks concerning the team’s potential practice facility relocation to York County, Rivera said they have been “all positive.”

State lawmakers are considering economic incentives to encourage the team to make the move.

Supporters say the move would lead to more jobs in the state, while others say the economic impact is far less than what is projected by the Governor’s staff.

“One set of figures shows a $1.2 billion economic impact, and another set of figures shows a $3.8 billion economic impact, so either way you slice it, regardless of what assumptions and methodologies you subscribe to, it’s going to have a huge economic impact, not just in York County, but across the state,” said Senator Wes Climer (R-York County).

“The Governor’s projections show this project would create over 6,000 jobs. What my economist who used to work for the Department of Corrections says they’re using an antiquated algorithm or calculator, and she thinks it’s closer to 250 jobs. That’s a big swing,” said Senator Dick Harpootlian (D-Richland County).

The team is building a temporary climate-controlled practice facility behind Bank of America Stadium.

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