GREENVILLE, S.C. – October 27, 2017 – During the Midyear Meeting of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association [SCEDA] on October 12th and 13th, five SCEDA members were recognized for their recent, prestigious accomplishment of becoming South Carolina Certified Economic Developers [SCCED].
The newly certified statewide economic developers represent a variety of backgrounds and different agencies across the state.
- Kell Anderson is the Economic Development Manager for the SouthernCarolina Regional Economic Alliance.
- Darrell Booker is a Senior Project Manager at SouthernCarolina Regional Economic Alliance.
- Jennifer Druce is Program Director for Product Development at the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
- Stephen Taylor is the Development Services Director for the Abbeville County Economic Development Partnership.
- Amy Thomson is the Director of International Strategy and Trade for the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
“Through their careers and coursework, these recipients demonstrate their hard work and commitment to the field of economic development,” said Brian Nash, president of the SCEDA Board of Directors. “They not only had to undergo a rigorous application process but they also had to successfully complete the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Advanced Symposium which is an advanced level course for professional economic developers.”
This distinct honor is awarded to very few applicants each year. Since the program began in 2001, only 45 members have earned SCCED certification. To qualify, applicants must be SCEDA members, have a vast background in economic development and be approved by the SCCED Selection Committee. All SCCED recipients are then required to re-certify every three years in order to maintain their status.
“It’s an intricate process for a reason,” said Nash. “This SCCED certification comes with an expectation that the recipients will continue to invest in increasing growth, productivity and opportunity across the state of South Carolina. We support them and in turn, know they have a responsibility to fulfill.”
Congratulations to the new class of SC Certified Economic Developers!