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Economic development office updates Committee of 100

Posted: June 11, 2013 3:35 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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A 'dragonfly' helicopter -- remotely controlled by Kershaw County Economic Development Office staff -- takes video of the Central South Carolina MegaSite in Lugoff.

What’s happening on the county’s economic development front was the focus of a presentation by County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean at the Kershaw County Committee of 100’s annual meeting May 31. More than 60 committee members attended the event at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

McLean discussed the hiring of Lauren Reeder as marketing and administrative assistant. She also reported good project activity in the past year including two announced projects, including an expansion at INVISTA and the arrival of Diversified Information Technologies Inc. McLean also reported on marketing activities that included two marketing trips; the completion of a strategic plan for the economic development office; hosting a delegation from China; Colonial and Carolina Cup participation; website development; new logo creation; and reactivation of the county’s industrial association.

Reeder spoke about being a part of the next generation of Kershaw County’s workforce.

“Our investors are a part of this organization because they want to create the long term success for Kershaw County. They understand what we do today leaves a legacy for the future,” Reeder said.

The organization is governed by a nine-member board. New board members include Dennis Stuber with First Citizens Bank and Robbie Powers of Powers Funeral Home in Lugoff. The new executive committee for the 2013-14 fiscal year includes Chairman Greg Newman, Vice Chairman Bill Hart and Secretary/Treasurer Rejena Miles.

The Committee of 100’s outgoing 2012-13 fiscal year board included Chair Karen Eckford of NBSC, Vice Chairman George Gibson of Fitness Zone and Newman of Coldwell Banking as secretary/treasurer. Other board members included Gary Snipes of INVISTA, Donnie Weeks of KershawHealth, Dr. Tim Hardee of Central Carolina Technical College, Chuck Nash of State Farm Insurance and Bill Hart of Fairfield Electric Cooperative.

By-law revisions and a new dues structure were accepted by the full membership at the annual meeting.

The Committee of 100 is a non-profit organization, established in 1986, that supports economic growth in the community by providing private sector resources to the Kershaw County Economic Development Office. Currently, the committee has 106 investors “dedicated to the long-term success of Kershaw County,” according to committee officials.

The economic  development office is also in the process of creating a marketing video for the Central South Carolina MegaSite, formerly known as the Conder MegaSite. Using a production company from Charleston, the video will include aerial views of the property and 3D conceptual renderings of industrial buildings. The purpose is to provide industrial prospects better “views” of the property. A remote controlled “dragonfly” helicopter with video camera was used to capture the site's features.

Using live feed monitors, the economic development staff was able to guide the vision of the video. Video production is intended to be complete this summer with the launch of a new brand campaign for the MegaSite.

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