CHARLESTON — The South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations (SCACDC) has announced its 2012 agenda and partners for its annual Community Economic Development Conference, set for Sept. 13-14 at the Oceanfront Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.
The 2012 Community Economic Development Conference will put particular emphasis on strategies to grow local economies and create local jobs in South Carolina.
SCACDC will be introducing information on wealth-building through energy efficiency home improvements and healthy food initiatives as a strategy to grow local economies. Jeremie Greer, director of Government Affairs at the Washington-based Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), will be one of the keynote speakers.
“With a state unemployment rate above 9 percent, South Carolina needs to use new and innovative ways of growing local economies,” said Deborah Livingston, board chairperson of SCACDC and director of Community Development for the City of Columbia.
“This meeting is designed to bring to the state the latest strategies, programs and resources to support local economies and build wealth among low to moderate income individuals and families in South Carolina,” said Livingston. This conference traditionally attracts more than 300 participants along with national, regional and state experts on housing development, job creation, entrepreneurship and community-based development. The 2012 CED Conference will focus on “Building Wealth One Community at a Time.”
Joining SCACDC in promoting alternative strategies for economic development are the following sponsors: BB&T, Bank of America, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, PNC Bank, Horry County government, Wells Fargo Bank, TD Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Lowcountry Housing Trust, Santee Cooper, South Carolina Bank and Trust, First Citizens Bank, SC Help, NBSC, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Electric Cooperative of SC and SC Lifeline.
Visit the website at www.communitydevelopmentsc.org to view the preliminary agenda and workshop topics. Registration for the 2012 South Carolina Community Economic Development Conference is now open.
The South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations is a statewide, non-profit organization begun in 1994 to raise the level of economic development activity in distressed communities by helping local Community Development Corporations to plan and implement projects. The mission of SCACDC is to raise the quality of life for low-wealth families and communities by advancing the community economic development industry in South Carolina.
Over the past 16 years, CDCs in the state have had an economic impact of more than $160 million.