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


Members of the Beaufort County Economic Development Commission:

  • Ashley Feaster, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Chair of the Beaufort County EDC
  • Stephen Murray III, Beaufort City Council, Past/Founding Chairman of the Beaufort County EDC
  • Mike Alsko, President, Coastal Home and Villa, Vice Chairman of Beaufort County EDC
  • Lisa Sulka, Mayor, Town of Bluffton
  • Steve Fobes, Town of Hilton Head Island
  • Paul Sommerville, Beaufort County Council
  • Dr. Frank Rodriguez, Superintendent, Beaufort County School District
  • Dr. Richard J. Gough, President, The Technical college of the Lowcountry
  • Van Willis, Town Manager, Town of Port Royal
  • Dr. Al Panu, Chancellor, The University of South Carolina - Beaufort
  • Joe Mantua, General Manager, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority
  • Carlton Dallas, Managing Director, Dallas International Trading and Solutions
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