HILTON HEAD, S.C. – May 12, 2017 – The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) awarded Jim Hill, Research Manager for Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), its Distinguished Service Award during the 2017 SCEDA Annual Conference held May 3-5 at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head.
The SCEDA Distinguished Service Award recognizes exemplary efforts in the fields of professional, economic and community development in South Carolina. Hill was honored for his commitment to GADC with 16 years of service and his continued contributions to economic development across the Upstate over the last 30 years.
Mark Farris, President and CEO of GADC, nominated Hill for not only being a valuable asset but also for Hill’s established record of facilitating economic growth with billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs in Florence, Anderson and Greenville.
“Every economic development organization inherently depends on research information,” said Farris. “We each have one person who we depend on to maintain that information and that can often make the difference between being cut and surviving to the next round. If we are lucky, we have someone like Jim Hill.”
Visibly shocked while accepting the award, Hill credits his team for his achievements.
“It’s just a recognition of teamwork. Any success I’ve had in a job or organization has been the result of teamwork,” said Hill. “Everyone from the Department of Commerce, county councils, our investors, utility companies, and others.” Hill added, “I’m just proud to be a part of the team.”
As a research manager, Hill is often behind the scenes providing invaluable insight into current and prospect projects that help set GADC apart from the competition. He has been instrumental in setting up networks like Infomentum, an Upstate regional economic development database of sites and buildings and diligently collecting information.
Hill has been an active member of SCEDA for several decades.
About SCEDA Since 1965, the S.C. Economic Developers’ Association has served as the Voice of Economic Development in the Palmetto State. A professional trade association of more than 580 members, with representation from all 46 counties, SCEDA includes local and regional economic developers, as well as officials from municipal, county and state government agencies, construction and engineering firms, utility companies, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, and higher education.
To learn more, visit www.SCEDA.org.