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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

Members of the Beaufort County Economic Development Commission:

  • Steven Fobes, Beaufort County Council, Chairman of the Beaufort County EDC

  • Mike Alsko, President, Coastal Home, and Villa

  • David Bennett, Mayor, Town of Hilton Head

  • Dr. Richard J. Gough, President of the Technical College of the Lowcountry

  • Stephen Murray III, Beaufort City Council

  • Lisa Sulka, Mayor, Town of Bluffton

  • Van Willis, Town Manager, Town of Port Royal

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