In response to the appointment of Mike Wooten as the vice chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission and Jim Rozier as chairman of the SCDOT Commission, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following the statement:

"We applaud the SCDOT Commission on their election of Mike Wooten as vice chairman and Jim Rozier as chairman. Commissioner Wooten has continually proven himself to be an effective leader through his role as commissioner of the SCDOT's 7th District. He understands how important and vital transportation infrastructure is to the economic futures of the Grand Strand and Pee Dee regions. His vast engineering and business background will no doubt be beneficial to the SCDOT Commission in his new leadership role. Additionally, we are very pleased with the election of Jim Rozier as commission chairman. Commissioner Rozier is a longtime coastal leader who also knows the positive impacts transportation infrastructure can have on coastal communities. We wish both commissioners well in their new leadership roles, and stand ready to work with the entire commission on its quest to expand and enhance South Carolina's transportation infrastructure system."