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Director of Research, South Carolina I-77 Alliance

Position Reports To: President & CEO

Pay Status: Exempt

Position Objectives:

The following activities represent the key duties and responsibilities of Director of Research for the South Carolina I-77 Alliance.  The Director of Research has duties including identifying, analyzing, and organizing information for the Alliance.  At a basic level, this position is about utilizing information to position and brand the region.  It entails creating and managing a knowledge management system for the organization, and providing meaningful information for corporate decision makers, consultants, and stakeholders.

The Director of Research has outstanding and relevant academic credentials, preferably in economic development, and experience working with a variety of professionals, providing data and analysis for projects. The ability to work independently and without daily oversight is critical.  The ability to work with clients, investors, and economic development partners is imperative to the success of this position.

This position reports directly to the President & CEO.  This position does require limited travel within the region, state, and from time to time to conferences across the United States.  

Duties & Responsibilities:

§  Build and maintain information, perform basic research, and analyze information pertaining to the I-77 region

§  Conduct research and assist with the completion of RFIs for economic development leads

§  Prepare marketing research for publications, speeches, and collateral material used to promote the region

§  Assist in the follow-up to economic development leads generated during marketing efforts

§  Conduct proactive business development research to identify potential prospects for the team’s lead generation research

§  Act as liaison to local economic development agencies in research, marketing, and economic development capacities

·        Lead social media campaign

·        Maintain and update the Alliance web site

·        Monitor all marketing collateral for consistent accurate content; create additional collateral as needed

·        Performs other duties as assigned

Organizational and Professional Development

§  Participate in state and national economic development and business organizations/associations when necessary

§  Attend various conferences and seminars for personal development efforts

Knowledge and/or Experience:

§  A Bachelor or Master degree in business, public administration, economic development, economics, urban or regional planning, finance, international relations or related field. Mastered degree preferred.

§  Previous research experience for an economic development entity preferred.

§  Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Geographic Information Systems, Customer Resource Management software, and publishing software

§  Core competencies should include strong oral and written skills, strong interpersonal skills, critical thinking and problem solving, proven analytical aptitude, demonstrated success of working with groups and independently, ability to effectively prioritize and execute programs and initiatives in a high pressure environment.

About the Alliance

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance is a public-private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) economic development corporation. The organization’s sole mission is to position and market Chester, Fairfield, Richland, and York Counties as a world-class business location to attract investment and high quality jobs to the region.

All applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter detailing relevant experience to  The position will remain open until filled.

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The South Carolina I-77 Alliance complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Assistant Director/Economic Development Manager, Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation


Primary Accountability:

The Assistant Director/Economic Development Manager will have primary responsibilities in the following areas:

      Project management

      Existing industry and business retention programs and services


      Economic Development Planning & Programming



The position will report to the LCEDC President and support the President in the general operation of the LCEDC, always ensuring that the LCEDC is represented in a professional manner. The Assistant Director/Economic Development Manager will play a key role in the successful implementation of annual strategic plans for prospect development for both new and existing projects.


Major Duties:

      Manage both new and existing industry projects.

      Research, write, edit, and compile reports, and respond to requests for information from prospects, clients, allies and leadership.

      Provide quarterly reports and updates on the LCEDC ED Strategic Plan

      Develop a rapport with new clients and provide support that will continually improve the relationship.

      Grow and retain existing members by presenting new opportunities and solutions to clients.

      Develop and locate domestic and international business attraction and industry that is in alignment with LCEDC Strategic Plan.

      Analyze the feasibility of proposed projects including financial and economic impact analysis.

      Research and compile demographic and economic data in response to inquiries from prospective businesses.

      Assist with the development of a strategic economic development plan for the LCEDC that includes vision, goals and objectives. Determine initiatives for attraction, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial development and workforce readiness.

      In collaboration with the President, develop and present the annual budget to the Board of Directors and the County Council for approval.

      Provide advice, support and planning for developing and administering high-profile marketing initiatives, programs and projects relating to business recruitment and development.

      Manage, develop and implement an aggressive and pro-active business retention and expansion program along with recruiting new businesses to Lancaster County. Assists Lancaster County business community on issues affecting retention and expansion in the community.

      Represent LCEDC at public, social and business functions. Provide testimony and information to civic and community organizations on areas that impact the initiatives of the LCEDC.

      Assist with all regional and national marketing materials and programs that promote Lancaster County and the Charlotte region.

      Participate in community organizations and collaborate with partners that impact the goals and initiatives of the LCEDC. Such organizations include, but are not limited to, LCEDC Board, Lancaster County Council, York Technical College, ReadySC, SC Works, City of Lancaster, and The SC Department of Commerce.

      Works with statewide agencies to identify appropriate funding and programs to assist local businesses with retention and expansion, as well as applies for funding as appropriate to assist local businesses.

      Increases public awareness of community business needs and strengthen business and community communications to mobilize the community for business development, retention and expansion through the assistance in the creation and implementation of marketing and outreach programs.

      Identifies and implements strategies to improve the overall health of the Lancaster County business environment.

      Responsible for executing all initiatives and activities to facilitate local business retention and expansion, including, but not limited to: incentives; job training grants; management of business retention and expansion programs; business evaluation and general economic development assistance for projects.

      Participates in economic development professional organizations and furthers decisions that support the local business community.

      Monitors grant opportunities and leverages by proposal submission when available.

      Completes necessary applications and reports for grants and/or incentives to ensure compliance on a local, state or federal level.

      Analyze trends and conditions that will impact Lancaster County and the Charlotte Region and determine necessary strategic modifications to take advantage of those trends and conditions. Identify areas of opportunity and weakness to improve the competitiveness of the community.

      Assist in the development, management and marketing of the Lancaster Business Park, the Lancaster County Air Rail Park, Heath Springs Business Park, Kershaw Industrial Park and other properties marketed by the LCEDC on behalf of the private sector.

      Develop and sustain quality, trusting relationships with the leadership of prospective companies, regional and national site selectors, commercial and industrial realtors, and allies.

      Participate in long-range planning, development of marketing strategies, and recommend aggressive goals for business attraction assistance efforts.

      Prepare proposals and conduct presentations and site tours for prospects.

      Work closely with regional economic development organizations and workforce providers.

      Assist in keeping the web site information up to date.

      Maintain the confidentiality of all information that may be shared by superiors, clients, constituents, elected or appointed officials, co-workers and/or other persons.

      Represent LCEDC in a professional and diplomatic manner at all times.

      Comply with the policies of the LCEDC and the Ethics Policy of the International Economic Development Council.

      Perform all other duties as assigned to maintain a level of success for our team and business partners.

      Employee will be required to obtain CeCD certification and SC Economic Developer certifications within the first 2 years of employment.

Desired Skills and Experience


      Bachelor’s Degree in public or business administration, economic or business development, marketing, public relations, planning, or related field.

      Minimum 3 years of experience in successful economic and business development efforts, planning, and/or business/industry attraction, retention and expansion programs, GIS, project management or an equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in the position.

      Candidate must have outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

      Ability to present accurate work with a strong attention to detail in a high pressure, fast-paced environment while being held accountable for overall results.

      Creative and strategic-thinking abilities.

      Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects.

      Professional attitude and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

      Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.

      Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe and various databases essential to analyze targets.

      Regional, national and as required travel (25%+), including overnight travel.

      Applicant must have the CeCD certification or agree to complete the CeCD certification process as a certified economic developer within 18 months of employment.




      A valid South Carolina license required by date of hire.

      An employment application must be filled out and submitted along with resume and 3 letters of reference.

      Salary Range: $65,000 - $80,000.

      Position will remain open until filled.


Submit information to:

Keith Tunnell, President

Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation

P.O. Box 973

Lancaster, SC 29721

Phone: 803-285-9471


The Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individuals gender, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or any other status protected by law. This includes decisions involving hiring, job placement, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and sponsored programs.

County Director, Abbeville County


Abbeville County is accepting resumes for the position of County Director; implementing the policies of a seven member Council Form of Government.  Below please find a brief summary of the job description:


To serve as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of Abbeville.


       1.    To serve as the Chief Administrative Officer for Abbeville County

       2.    To execute the policies, directives and legislative actions of the council

3.    To direct and coordinate operational agencies and administrative activities of the county government

4.    To prepare the annual operating and capital improvement budgets for submission to the Council and to prepare all required and necessary reports, estimates, and statistics on an annual or periodic basis

5.    Supervise the expenditure of appropriated funds

6.    Prepare annual, monthly and other reports for council on finances and administrative activities

7.    Administer the county personnel polices including salary and classification plans

8.    Employ and discharge personnel

9.    Develop and implement administrative polices for operation of the county government.

10.  Prepare and make presentations before Council and other agencies

11.  Supervise the operation of all county operations


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                               

Manages eight subordinate supervisors; who supervise a total of 160 employees in the departments of Emergency Management, Finance, Delinquent Tax, Tax Assessor, Building and Grounds, Codes Enforcement, Planning and E-911. Is responsible for the overall direction; coordination; and evaluation of these units. Also directly supervises one non-supervisory employee. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience:                                                 

Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

DEADLINE:  Any questions may be directed to Lynn Sopolosky, Clerk to Council, at 864-366-6693.

Please submit resumes and applications to Lynn Sopolosky, Abbeville County, 901 W. Greenwood St., Suite 2800, Abbeville, South Carolina 29620.   Applications are available online at Resumes/applications will be accepted until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer   



Development Services Director, Abbeville County


Abbeville County is accepting resumes for the position of Development Services Director; responsible for directing the County’s efforts to generate new investments and jobs within the community.  Below please find a brief summary of the job description:




·      Generate new investment and jobs in Abbeville County, a community of 27,000 people

·      Assist corporate clients in the areas of site selection, facility development, zoning, permitting, incentives, financing,          information  analysis and workforce development

·      Coordinate and facilitate client visits to the County

·      Administer Abbeville County's business retention program

·      Develop and execute an economic development marketing plan for Abbeville County

·      Develop new initiatives to advance the County in the national and international marketplace

·      Develop and implement the 2001 Abbeville County Strategic Plan

·      Oversee the improvement and development of Abbeville County industrial sites

·      Present economic development projects and initiatives to the Abbeville County Council for approval

·      Assist displaced workers in finding new employment opportunities in the event of plant closures or downsizing

·      Coordinate monthly development board meetings

·      Work with the local media to coordinate press releases and project announcements


Supervisory Responsibilities:                                               

Directly supervises one employee in the Economic Development Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience:                                            

Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Completion of Economic Development Institute and/or Certified Economic Developer (CED) status.

DEADLINE:  Any questions may be directed to Lynn Sopolosky, Clerk to Council, at 864-366-6693.

Please submit resumes and applications to Lynn Sopolosky, Abbeville County, 901 W. Greenwood St., Suite 2800, Abbeville, South Carolina 29620.   Applications are available online at Resumes/applications will be accepted until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer   

Research Specialist, Upstate SC Alliance


Organization: Upstate SC Alliance

Job Title: Research Specialist
Classification: Part-time, Non-Exempt
Recruiting Start Date: March 16, 2015
Recruiting End Date: April 24, 2015


Position Summary:
The Research Specialist will provide a supporting role to the Director of Research by assisting in the creation and maintenance of regional databases, the collection of statistical data and research, the compilation of requests and other support services. 

View full job description.

Application Instructions:
Please send your resume and a cover letter stating your wage and hourly requirements to Please no phone calls to Upstate SC Alliance employees. 

The Upstate SC Alliance is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regards to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

Barnwell County EDC Director


OPEN DATE:            February 5, 2015

POSITION:               Barnwell County EDC Director

Barnwell County is now accepting applications for the full-time position of Barnwell County Economic Development Director.  The Director will work under the supervision of the Economic Development Commission and will be expected to exercise ethical principles, sound judgment and discretion when dealing with assigned responsibilities that will enhance the economic well being and quality of life for the citizens of the county.

The Director must establish a positive working relationship with elected and appointed officials, develop allies and other partners within the county and throughout the region and State of South Carolina.  They must understand and adhere to the definition of “confidentiality” as established by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and serve as the county’s economic development liaison with the Regional Development Alliance and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  

Competitive Salary, commensurate with qualifications.  Fringe benefits include medical and dental insurance and SC Retirement.


A formal education or proven service in business, community planning, economic development or related field.  Demonstration of achievements, leadership and organizational skills that indicate the ability to bring people together to accomplish a common goal in accordance with the ordinances of Barnwell County Council.

Applications may be obtained at the Barnwell County Business Office, 29 Allen Street, Barnwell, SC 29812 or on the web at 



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