SCEDA Institute graduates 45 community leaders
The S.C. Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce) and S.C. Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) today announced that 45 state and community leaders have graduated from a statewide economic development training program, S.C. Economic Development Institute (Institute).
“Collaboration is the backbone of economic development, and programs like the SCEDA Institute are key in accomplishing our mission of advancing industry and creating opportunities for South Carolinians,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.
“This training gives economic development stakeholders and partners across our state the skills and knowledge to foster industry growth within their local communities, creating a stronger and more competitive South Carolina.”
A joint effort between S.C. Commerce and SCEDA, The Institute is designed to ready participants with innovative development approaches for implementation in local communities. The program features a highly interactive curriculum, allowing participants to obtain a greater hands-on economic development learning experience.
Now in its 32nd year, the Institute consists of quarterly, two-day sessions that are hosted in various locations throughout the state.
The Institute is open to individuals 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 governments.
For more information, visit www.sceda.org or contact SCEDA (803-929-0305).
2022 South Carolina Economic Development Institute graduates, listed alphabetically by last name:
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Jeromy Arnett, Alliance Pickens
Toney Benson, OneSpartanburg, Inc.
James Blassingame, Sumter City Council
Stephanie Bosch, Florence County Economic Development Partnership
April Chaffins, S.C. Department of Commerce
Thomas Clark, Richmond, Virginia
Jim Clifford, City of North Augusta
Benjamin Conklin, Chesterfield County Council
Jessica Dailey, Lowcountry Council of Governments
Grayson Dorr, South Carolina Research Authority
Angie Ellis, S.C. Technical College System
John Gregory, Union County Development Board
Caroline Griffin, S.C. Department of Commerce
Timothy Griffin, Chesterfield County Economic Development Board
Joey Haney, Union County Schools
Tyler James, Oconee Economic Alliance
Ashley Jenkins, S.C. Department of Commerce
Natasha Jeter, Union County Development Board
Deborah Jones, Florence County Economic Development Partnership
Donna Lamb, Colleton County Economic Alliance
Qiana Lindsey, S.C. Department of Commerce
Randy Lowell, Union County Development Board
Margaret Marstin, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Michelle McDonald, Dorchester County Economic Development
Zach McKay, Marion County Economic Development
Billy Morgan, Greenwood County Economic Development
Kimberly Mullinax, Lowcountry Council of Governments
Tiffany Myers, Clarendon County Development Board
Jennifer Newlands, S.C. Department of Commerce
Naomi Reed, City of Fountain Inn
Carl Schumpert, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development
Stephanie Shaw, Darlington County
Jamie Shipman, HITT Contracting Inc.
Tim Smoak, Comporium Communications
Albert Talbert, Edgefield County
Brent Ward, Alliance Consulting Engineers
Dayton Ward, S.C. Department of Commerce
Kendra Wilkerson, Rural Infrastructure Authority (Not pictured)
Ciara Williams, Orangeburg County Development Commission
Katie Williams, S.C. Department of Commerce