Over 50 complete 2016 South Carolina Economic Development Institute


More than 50 community stakeholders and economic development professionals participated in the 2016 South Carolina Economic Development Institute.   Contributed image

More than 50 community stakeholders and economic development professionals participated in the 2016 South Carolina Economic Development Institute, with its last of four sessions culminating in a McCormick County graduation ceremony.

The institute held four two-day sessions in venues across the state in 2016. This month’s final program — held Nov. 10 and 11 — focused on product development. The institute is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA).

The program is open to all municipal and regional jurisdiction personnel, economic development stakeholders, utilities, government agencies, financial institutions and more. The next round of workshops will commence on Feb. 12 in North Charleston.

“In South Carolina, we recognize that economic development is a team sport,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said of the 26-year-old initiative. “So, we are we are proud to partner with our allies at SCEDA.”

Participants included:

Joseph Affsprung, Dorchester County Economic Development; Bill All, Union County Development Board; Kara Bailey, Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC; Lee Bailey, City of Woodruff; Daniel Beaty, S.C. Department of Commerce; Jay Blankenship, S.C. Department of Commerce;

Alan Bolduc, Avison Young; Tommy Boyleston, Barnwell County Economic Development Commission;

Matthew Brady, Greer CPW; Bill Brockington, City of Westminster; Paul Cain, Oconee County; Lindsey Culley, Dorchester County Economic Development.

Kip Dillihay; Adrienne Fairwell, S.C. Department of Commerce; Ashley Feaster, Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc.; Patricia Ferguson, S.C. Department of Commerce; Christopher Finn, South Carolina I-77 Alliance; Marcella Forrest, S.C. Department of Commerce; Chantal Fryer, S.C. Department of Commerce;

Sidney Fulton, Orangeburg County Development Commission; Deborah Garrick, City of Rock Hill; Joi Gilliam, S.C. Department of Commerce; Brenda Golden, S.C. Department of Commerce; Tiffany Jaspers, Lexington County Economic Development; Jimmy  Johnson, SC STATE Small Business Development Center; Will Johnson, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.;

Ryan Melvin, S.C. Department of Commerce; Ken Moon, Cherokee County Development Board; Ana Moss, Cherokee County Development Board; Kyle Newton, Anderson County Schools; Monica Perry, Darlington County Progress; Cynthia Pitts, S.C. Department of Commerce;

David Porter, Abbeville County; Justin Powell, Horry County; Cherie Pressley, S.C. Department of Commerce; Brandinika Ritter, Marlboro County Economic Development Partnership; Lauren Scoggins, Upstate SC Alliance; Toby Singletary, Barnwell County Economic Development Commission;

Hannah Smith Spruill, City of Rock Hill; Peter Stewart, Stewart Architecture; Brantley Strickland, Southern Carolina Alliance; Shane Stuart, Chester County; Ashely Teasdel, S.C. Department of Commerce; Candice Thompson, Georgetown County Economic Development;

David Tribble (independent participant); Caroline Warner, Oconee Economic Alliance; Erika Williams, Sumter Economic Development / The Link; Katie Wyllie Wilcox, PeeDee Electric Cooperative; and Arlene Young, City of Anderson.

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