COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Friday, August 14, City of Greenville Community Development Administrator Ginny Stroud completed the South Carolina Economic Development Institute (Institute). Stroud received her Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of August’s industrial development session held at the Clemson University Conference Center in Pickens County.
A partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA), the Institute emphasizes elements necessary to be competitive in today’s global economy and educates supporters of economic development on emerging trends in community and economic development.
Now in its 25th year, the program is comprised of quarterly, two-day sessions for which participants travel to various locations throughout South Carolina that have been successful in community development and attracting and expanding their business and industrial base. Attendees gain insight into issues relating to: water and wastewater infrastructure, available industrial or business buildings and the importance of other community development components necessary to attract investment.
The Institute is open to participants from a wide variety of organizations and entities, including city, town and county councils, local economic development practitioners, county economic development boards, county school boards, regional economic development boards, utility companies and local and state government employees.
Sixty participants are enrolled in the program’s 2015 class, which began in February and will conclude this November. For more information on the South Carolina Economic Development Institute, interested attendees should visit www.sceda.org or contact the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association at 803-929-0305.