GREENWOOD, SC – July 1, 2020 – For over 25 years the Greenwood Partnership Alliance has been an innovative leader in advancing Greenwood County’s economy. With cooperative, regional achievements in specialized manufacturing, life sciences and research, educational attainment, and advanced healthcare, the dedication to the organization’s mission has been unwavering.
The Partnership remains committed to its vision statement of enhancing the quality of life of the community by leading Greenwood County and the surrounding region to be the number one place to live in America. Key aspects to future success continue to be great schools, job and growth opportunities, a vibrant uptown, cultural and recreational choices, retirement considerations, and a safe community.
After 7 years of service as CEO to the public-private partnership, Heather Simmons Jones recently announced her resignation effective July 10. Her many contributions and collaborative efforts played a strategic role in the organization’s development of Greenwood Promise, increased per capita income and wages, and decreased unemployment by announcing $1.2 billion in new capital investment and 1,229 new jobs in Greenwood County.
The Board and staff are committed to continuing this history of success and will do so under the interim leadership of Art Bush. Mr. Bush has played a vital role in the organization’s success as a member of the Executive Committee over the past year representing Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works. He will assume the role of Interim CEO effective July 11, 2020 on a volunteer basis and will begin working with Jones immediately to ensure that the organization’s transition is seamless.
“I cannot think of a person with more heart and commitment to the organization’s health and mission than Art. When he believes in something, he gives it his all and this organization will benefit greatly from his years of leadership in the private sector and knowledge of utility infrastructure,” said Chip Stockman Chair of Greenwood Partnership Alliance.
During its Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday June 24, the Partnership Board elected to continue with the following officers for a 90-day term: Chip Stockman Chair, Kristin Manske Immediate Past Chair, Dan Martins Vice Chair, Art Bush Treasurer, and Thornwell Dunlap Treasurer. These officers, along with the Executive Committee, will provide strong historical perspective and leadership over the coming months as the organization prepares to hire a permanent CEO.
In support of all Greenwood County residents, its many community leaders, elected officials, and corporate neighbors, Greenwood Partnership Alliance continues to market Greenwood County domestically and globally in pursuit of a brighter future while providing the leadership and financial support the community has come to appreciate.