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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 10, 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. 

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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.

Economic Development Specialist III, Santee Cooper


Requisition Number: 3924

Location: Moncks Corner

Position Type: Full-Time Regular

Unit Number - Unit Name: 96000 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Recruiting Start Date: Mar 2, 2015

Recruiting End Date: Until Filled

Job Posting: Internal and External

Position Description

This position reports directly to the Manager of Economic Development and will be responsible for promoting business and economic development in the Authority’s service territory through product development, lead generation, marketing, relationship and project management.

Position Requirements

Bachelors degree and five years experience in local economic development and knowledge of local government operations required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Economic Development Director, Newberry County, SC


The County of Newberry (SC) is accepting applications from qualified professionals for the position of Economic Developer Director. This position reports to the County Administrator and is responsible for planning, reporting, and executing both daily and long-term activities concerning the recruitment of jobs and taxable investment into the County. The successful candidate will demonstrate these abilities over several years, citing specific examples. The overall ability to manage economic development projects through the recruitment, announcement, build-out and growth phases is essential. The encouragement of growth from existing industry is considered a vital part of this continuum.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicant must be a proven leader and able to provide direction for short and long-term organizational goals, as well as have a demonstrated knowledge of economic development, business recruitment, governmental affairs and public finance. Other requirements include, but are not limited to:

·        At least five years of local government, state, and/or regional economic development.

·        Bachelor’s degree in a business, public administration or related field.

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·        Strong managerial and leadership skills.

·        Exceptional organizational skills.

·        A successful record of business recruitment & retention.

·        Ability to manipulate Microsoft processing software to analyze data and prepare presentations at advanced levels.

·        A solid understanding of state and local economic development incentives, the region’s workforce skills and availability, industrial property, planning and zoning laws, existing industry, and the region’s lifestyle amenities.

Additionally, ideal candidates will have:

·        Eight to ten years of economic development experience.

·        A Master’s degree in business, public administration or related field.

·        State and/or local economic development certifications.

·        Experience working with C-level executives at domestic and international companies.


·        Build and maintain positive working relationships with all economic development allies, including Newberry County community members, County administration and leadership,  state economic developers and other allies (i.e. real estate professionals, workforce professionals, utility company representatives etc.)

·        Implement business retention and expansion program.

·        Coordinate & plan all economic development initiatives including domestic & international marketing trips, conferences and trade shows, and existing industry appreciation programs.

·        Identify, assess and coordinate the development of competitive industrial sites and buildings.

·        Convene as appropriate with the County Administrator and County Council to report on all economic development initiatives and develop an annual Program of Work and Budget that is submitted for approval by the County.

·        Upon approval by the County Administrator, hire and provide direct management and supervision of any full or part-time employees as required by the organization.

·        Perform other duties as assigned.

The selected candidate will become an employee of Newberry County, subject to the conditions of a negotiated contract. Residency in Newberry County within one year is required as a condition of employment for this position. The salary range for this position is $80,000 to $100,000, based on experience and qualifications. Well-qualified individuals with an interest in this opportunity should submit a cover letter and resume with at least three references to and

This position will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

About Newberry County Economic Development

Newberry County Economic Development (NCED) is the official economic development organization for the county and operates as a department within the County of Newberry. NCED works with existing and prospective business and industry to facilitate investment and economic growth in the county. Our mission is to create quality jobs, increase the per capita income, and broaden the Newberry County tax base.

Newberry County 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.


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 



Economic Development Project Manager


The SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, a regional economic development organization serving Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, seeks an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our staff as Project Manager.

The ideal candidate will be one with strong initiative, excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate well with corporate executives, consultants, and managers and is skilled in business networking settings.

The selected candidate will work within a team environment to ensure successful recruitment of new industries and the retention of existing industries in the region.

Essential Duties

    • Ability to work at a high level of independence
    • Work directly with Marketing Director to attract new industries to the region
    • Assist existing industries with expansions and other economic development needs
    • Prepare and maintain demographic, geographical and economic data about the region
    • Receive and respond to requests for information, inquiries, complaints and concerns for economic development purposes
    • Identify and maintain comprehensive inventory of available and potentially available buildings and sites for economic development purposes
    • Attend and participates in conferences, trade shows, marketing missions, prospect visits, etc. to promote the region         

Additional Job Functions & Requirements

    • Perform general administrative work as required; including: typing and preparing reports and correspondence, conduct and attend meetings
    • Operate a variety of office equipment with knowledge of various software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and others
    • Must reside within the region           

Education Requirements

·         Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent training and education in business, finance, economics, marketing, public administration or a related field

Resumes will be received until the position is filled.

Please submit cover letter and resume to the SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance office by mail:


                                    SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance

                                    1750 Jackson Street, Suite 100

                                    Barnwell, SC 29812

                                    or fax 803-541-3322

            or email

"SouthernCarolina Regional is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against."

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