Through ideals of cooperation and regionalism, sustain and create jobs that will improve the quality of life in the six counties of our region.
Scope of Services
Since 1996, SouthernCarolina Alliance’s scope of services to member counties has increased tremendously because of several factors. As one of eight regional economic development alliances in South Carolina, SouthernCarolina Alliance represents the most rural economic development region of the state. Because of trends in the field, as well as an evolving focus at the state level, SouthernCarolina Alliance has initiated our own marketing and recruitment efforts around the world. In doing so, the Alliance has built coalitions with industry and government leaders in our state and nation’s capitals, across Europe and North America, and within our own region of South Carolina.
SouthernCarolina Alliance markets multi-county industrial parks, industrial buildings, and sites encompassing over 14,000 acres of industrial property for development. With a primary focus of marketing our region both nationally and internationally, SCA operates with a professional staff specializing in marketing, industrial recruitment, commercial recruitment, product development, grant administration and project management.
SCA assists existing industries with expansions and new industries with start-ups, serving as a liaison to state government, including the SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Revenue, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other agencies involved in licensing, permitting and labor issues. The Alliance has assisted these industries in the execution and funding of environmental and engineering studies and site preparation, as well as public relations.
The SouthernCarolina Alliance Board of Directors and staff strongly believe that partnership, collaboration, and mutual trust are the keys to building communities through economic development. SCA partners not only with our allies at the S.C. Department of Commerce, but also the public utilities servicing our area, including SCANA, Santee Cooper, Bamberg Board of Public Works, the Electric Cooperatives of SC, Palmetto Economic Development Corporation, CSX Railroad, BellSouth, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, AT&T and Hargray to bring industrial projects to fruition.
SCA has partnered with the SRS Redevelopment Authority, USDA, the SRS Community Reuse Organization, Clemson University Extension Service, USC-Salkehatchie, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Denmark Technical College, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Lowcountry Council of Governments, Lower Savannah Council of Governments, US Small Business Administration, EDA, EPA and local governments and economic development boards on various projects for the community.
SCA has built relationships with government agency representatives and leaders, who assist our efforts and work with us on major projects, including our U.S. Senators, Congressional Representatives, Governor Nikki Haley and members of the S.C. Legislature.
As a result of these partnerships, SouthernCarolina Alliance has earned an impressive track record of successful industrial development, garnering awards early on for our accomplishments including:
• SCA’s CEO was the first recipient of the Individual Initiative Award for Rural Economic Development given by the S.C. Department of Commerce and the recipient of the 2001 Leadership Award for Rural Development by the S.C. Department of Commerce;
• SCA received the 1999 Special Recognition Award for Rural Development at the Governor’s Rural Summit;
• The S.C. Economic Developers Association (SCEDA), then a 650+ membership organization of economic development practitioners, named SCA’s CEO as South Carolina’s Economic Developer of the Year for 2005-2006;
• Trade & Industry Development, a national industry publication, named the Crane Dixie Narco expansion in our region, a project that SCA helped bring to fruition, as a winner of the 2010 National Community Impact Award;
• The Alliance has been able to land the largest capital investment projects in the state in the years of 2000 and 2005. The projects, Kronotex USA and Grant Allendale (now Georgia Pacific), at the time they were announced, were two of the top ten economic development projects in capital investment in the State of South Carolina in twenty years;
• SouthernCarolina Alliance was named as one of 13 organizations in the country to win the 2012 Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant for our innovative program to offer advanced manufacturing training for the emerging and current workforce, leadership training for our elected officials and community leaders, and professional industrial and aerospace certifications in Lean Manufacturing for our local industries.
• In 2014, SouthernCarolina Alliance was recognized with the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce’s Growth and Development of the Year Award.
• In April 2015, SouthernCarolina Alliance won the Promise Zone designation for our six member counties, making our region one of 8 in the country (and the only rural area) to receive the designation, which will provide for assistance
in identifying, applying for, and implementing economic and community development programs for the next ten years.
• Since its inception in 1996, SouthernCarolina Alliance has played a critical role in obtaining more than $1 billion in capital investment and the creation of more than 4,000 jobs in this rural region.
How We Accomplish Our Mission
MARKETING: Our external marketing programs are focused on both immediate and long-term results. We market our region to companies and decision makers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia using extensive and multi-faceted lead generation programs.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Through product development we have improved our region’s marketability to our targeted industrial clusters. We have identified and continue to develop an inventory of properties, including sites, buildings and industrial parks throughout the region.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: SouthernCarolina Alliance assists municipalities and counties with planning, infrastructure projects, and community development, offering professional assistance, grants and implementation of grants. We have examined ways to locate and use private, corporate and public resources for community development in our region.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: We continue to develop a regional approach to meeting the challenges of advanced manufacturing by creating specialized training through our technical colleges, our corporate partners, and others. While other local, regional and state organizations are charged with the task of workforce development, SouthernCarolina Alliance works to facilitate solutions through these workforce development partners to meet the needs of our local industries while creating jobs for our emerging workforce because the people of our region are our most important marketable asset.
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