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Member Benefits

Be a part of South Carolina's premier association dedicated to enhancing professional development in the field of economic development.

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*Approximately 60% of your membership dues for the 2017-17 fiscal year are tax deductible as a business expense, but not as a charitable contribution. 



SCEDA offers scholarships to the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC), the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma and the South Carolina Economic Development Institute (The Institute). Scholarships help off set registration, transportation, lodging, and associated costs. Please visit our scholarship page for more information.

BEDC Scholarship
EDI Scholarship
Institute Scholarship 

Awards Program


SCEDA recognizes exemplary efforts in the field of economic development. Please consider nominating a fellow member for one of our awards. Please visit our awards page for more information.

Volunteer of the Year
Distinguished Service Award
Local Developer Award
SCEDA Ally Award

Sponsorship Opportunities

SCEDA offers a year-long sponsorship program for members. There is great value in these sponsorship packages and something for everyone at each level.

Membership Directories


SCEDA also hosts an online membership directory, accessible to members only. Please login to your account and you'll see the Directory link on the Membership tab.


Networking Events

Annual, mid-year, and membership meetings; legislative receptions; and network-only events provide members with numerous opportunities to discuss business while participating in educational activities.


SCEDA contracts with a lobbyist to provide lobbying services for the Association. As a member, your participation on the grassroots level is very important in making SCEDA SC's Voice for Economic Development! During the legislative session, members receive a weekly update on legislative activities.

SCEDA Web Site

The SCEDA web site at provides an opportunity for your company homepage to link to SCEDA. The web site provides a useful tool for direct access to member businesses or development organizations.

SCEDA e-Newsletter

SCEDA’s monthly e-newsletter provides information on the Association’s activities and what is new and interesting in economic development. We invite you to connect with SCEDA on our social media networks: Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and You Tube.

South Carolina Economic Development Institute

As a primary sponsor of The Institute program, SCEDA members are encouraged to attend this basic introduction into economic development. Curriculum during the four-session program focuses on community development, financing economic development, and business recruitment, retention, and expansion.

South Carolina Advanced Economic Developers’ Symposium

Designed as a South Carolina-specific advanced economic development course, this SCEDA-sponsored program covers issues that are pertinent to South Carolina’s development efforts. Topic emphasis includes: regulatory issues, infrastructure development, and marketing, in addition to site and building development.


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