The Chesterfield County Economic Development Alliance, formed in 2012, is comprised of people who “put their money where there mouth is,” Sam Hancock, chairman for the Alliance, told guests at the 21st annual Industry Appreciation Banquet Oct. 10 held at the Lynches River Co-Op building in Pageland.
The alliance, Hancock said, is a group of business and industry leaders throughout the county who are determined to bring economic growth to Chesterfield County.
In its first year the alliance raised “upwards of $1 million dedicated to finding ways to improve the local economy,” said Brenda Workman, executive director for the Chesterfield County Economic Development Alliance.
“The key” to attracting new businesses, said Hancock, is working together, with public and private entities, to improve the county’s infrastructure of roads, water and sewer systems.
Guest speaker Teresa Fisher, a retired teacher, encouraged the entrepreneurial efforts of the alliance.
Long term dreams and goals are great things to have, Fisher said, “but you have to keep your eyes open for what sneaks up beside you.”
According to Workman, the alliance is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a five-year plan to support economic and community development in Chesterfield County. For more information about the organization call 843-623-6500, or visit them online at www.chesterfieldcountysc.org.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.