MYRTLE BEACH — The Grand Strand is great for golf and its beaches, but it is more than just a tourist destination — it is open for companies to locate, said Gov. Nikki Haley after a town hall session last week during a Canadian conference in Myrtle Beach.

“My focus continues to be on jobs and the economy,” Haley said. “This conference highlights Myrtle Beach, an area for bringing in jobs.”

Haley was among several other U.S. and Canadian leaders who participated Monday in a town hall session during the fifth annual conference of the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance, an annual business-to-business conference among six Southeastern U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces.

The three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, drew more than 200 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders, to the Myrtle Beach Marriott-Grande Dunes.

Monday’s panel, which included North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, fielded questions about innovation, job creation, advanced education, and energy programs.

Haley told attendees that the state of South Carolina is open for business and a place where companies are coming and there is a trained work force.

South Carolina is “the new ‘it’ state … because we’re building relationships, taking care of the relationships we have and even though the dollar is weak, people are looking to invest. We’re going to continue to build on that momentum.”