Department of Commerce convenes for 2015 Rural Summit

Three South Carolina residents honored during 25th anniversary event.


Three South Carolina residents were honored during the Department of Commerce's 2015 Rural Summit on April 23.

This year’s fete paid tribute to Dorothy Choice, of Clarendon County; Carson Anderson, of Barnwell County; and Jason Speake, a former Department of Commerce project manager. Choice was lauded for helping youth; Anderson is a high school junior excelling at sports and academics; and Speake helped create hundreds of new jobs in rural parts of the state last year.

The summit, which was marking its 25th anniversary, included a choir performance, an overview of the state’s rural economic development since 1990, and a keynote address featuring the Craig Melvin from NBC's Today show. It was held at the South Carolina State Museum in downtown Columbia.

Traditionally, the Rural Summit has afforded state and community leaders, and economic developers the ability to hold mutual discussions in the interest of improving rural South Carolina.

"Each and every county in South Carolina boasts attributes that make it a candidate for growth. Through our team-first approach and the efforts of local leadership throughout the state, we can ensure the advancement and economic success of all of our communities," South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. "The people of this state truly are our secret sauce, and I'm inspired to see the positive impacts that they've had on both their local communities and our entire state."

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