Robert Chatman is Named 2015 SC Economic Ambassador for Bamberg County

April 07, 2015

At a statewide reception held at the Governor’s Mansion on April 2, Robert Chatman was honored by Governor Nikki Haley, Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and the South Carolina Department of Commerce as the 2015 South Carolina Economic Ambassador for Bamberg County.

For the past 10 years, Chatman has served as Chairman of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ development corporation, making low interest economic development loans and providing much needed infrastructure support for start-up companies in the Southern Carolina region.  Mr. Chatman has also represented Bamberg County on the Bamberg County Economic Development Commission and is an advisory board member of the SouthernCarolina Alliance.

As a retired educator, Mr. Chatman has also taken an interest in workforce training and has routinely provided youth with interview skills coaching.

In addition, Mr. Chatman has been involved with the planning of Bamberg’s speculative building program as well as assisting with the planning and refurbishment of a number of Bamberg County industrial buildings.

“As a life-long resident of Denmark and a member of the Bamberg Economic Development Commission, Robert has been an important player in bringing these economic development projects to fruition,” said Bamberg County Economic Development Project Manager Kell Anderson.

According to SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Johnny Williamson, “Robert is one of those Bamberg County community leaders whose support of economic development has been invaluable in bringing jobs to our area, and we are pleased to see him honored in this way.”

"We're honored to spotlight these individuals for their contributions to our state. South Carolina's people are what truly make our state one of the best places in the world to do business, and events like yesterday's ceremony give us the opportunity to recognize just some of the people that help make South Carolina so special," said. Gov. Nikki Haley on the morning after the ceremony.

For more information on Bamberg County or SouthernCarolina Alliance, visit: www.southerncarolina.org.

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