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The South Carolina Economic Development Institute -The Institute-- is South Carolina's leading economic development program. The Institute, a twenty-seven year partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers' Association, has graduated more than 1,135  participants since its inception. 

The Institute - South Carolina Economic Development Institute

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About The Institute


The Institute serves to educate those who support and participate in economic development activities in their communities while providing unique and innovative development approaches for implementation in local communities. Attendees who successfully complete each of the 2017 Institute's four sessions will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Who Should Attend?


The Institute is open to participants from a wide variety of organizations and entities:

  • City, Town and County Councils
  • Local Economic Development Practitioners
  • County Economic Development Boards
  • County School Boards
  • Regional Economic Development Boards
  • Utility Companies
  • Local/State Government
  • Banks and many others

Schedule and Topics

The Institute is comprised of four two-day sessions held in different locations around the state.

February 9 & 10 - Lowcountry
Session I will provide participants with the tools to build personal leadership skills as well as methods to assess their community leadership. Attendees will gain personal communication skills and techniques necessary for interaction with the press and the public.

May 11 & 12 - Arts Center of Greenwood, Greenwood
Participants in Session II will not only learn the importance of community development, but will also see first-hand how City Officials and business leaders continue to create an evolving economy in Downtown Greenwood.

August 10 & 11 - Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT), Florence
Session III will offer participants the basic elements necessary for making decisions when recruiting business and industry. Beautiful Florence, SC and the Southeaster Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) will provide the perfect venue for this session

November 9 & 10 - City of Greer Events, Greer
The final Institute session will focus on the basics communities must provide to be competitive in the business and industry recruitment game. Attendees will gain insight into such subject matter as: water and wastewater infrastructure, available industrial or business buildings, the importance of having ready and available sites and other necessary development components.

*Attendees who wish to earn an Institute certificate are required to attend all sessions in consecutive order beginning with Session I.

The 2017 Institute will be limited to 60 participants. 

For additional information, please contact the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association at (803) 929-0305 or

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