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Beaufort County is served by a local Economic Development Corporation, as well as the regional economic development organization, SouthernCarolina Alliance.

The Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) is the lead entity for organizing, structuring and leading economic development efforts on behalf of Beaufort County. Our vision is to recruit new private investment, create more job opportunities for residents, and diversified the economy through a healthy tax base.

The Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation will achieve its vision by working with public officials, key partners, business leaders and the SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, on the development of small business growth, technology-led growth, workforce development, light industrial sites, regulatory reform and other economic development initiatives necessary to support a healthy and growing economy.

Mr. John O'Toole, CEcD, Executive Director, may be reached at: 
office: 843.705.8414  |  cell: 860.685.0689


Mr. Charles Stone, Project Manager, may be reached at:
office: 843.705.8414  |  cell: 843.226.5829



Members of the Beaufort County Economic Development Commission:

  • Stephen Murray III, Beaufort City Council, Chairman of the Beaufort County EDC
  • Mike Alsko, President, Coastal Home and Villa, Vice Chairman of Beaufort County EDC
  • Steve Fobes, Beaufort County Council
  • Dr. Richard J. Gough, President of the Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • David Bennett, Mayor, Town of Hilton Head Island
  • Lisa Sulka, Mayor, Town of Bluffton
  • Van Willis, Town Manager, Town of Port Royal
  • Ashley Feaster, Community Affairs & Economic Development, Palmetto Electric Cooperative
  • Dr. Al Panu, Chancellor, The University of South Carolina - Beaufort
  • Brand Samuels, Economic Development & Local Government Manager, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
  • Ed Saxon, General Manager, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority










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