Lauren Branham Reeder recently became Kershaw County’s first female S.C. Certified Economic Developer.
According to a county press release, Reeder -- born and raised in Kershaw County -- is one of only 10 individuals selected for the S.C. Economic Developers Association’s Certification Program. The program’s advanced level courses for professional economic development practitioners include negotiations, product and infrastructure development, marketing and communications, and deal structuring. Reeder, along with her classmates, spent a year going through rigorous coursework, taking exams, and presenting a case study to a panel of judges as a final project.
“It’s an absolute honor to be the first Kershaw County female to be a South Carolina Certified Economic Developer. My family has set roots in this community since 1745 and I live my life in a way that gives back to the community that has given so much to me. Becoming a certified economic developer will allow me to do just that as I continue to work every day to move Kershaw County forward,” Reeder said.
Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean said Reeder’s is an outstanding accomplishment.
“We are extremely proud of Lauren and this recognition of her professionalism, dedication, and talent. The Kershaw County community will certainly benefit from her achievement,” McLean said.
Reeder graduated from Camden High School in 2008 and then Clemson University in 2012 with honors. She began her career in August 2012 at the Kershaw County Economic Development Office and has been a part of the organization for almost seven years. Today, Reeder is the marketing manager for the county’s Economic Development Office as well as the county’s public information officer. She is married to Thomas Reeder.
Reeder’s career achievements and community service include:
• First public information officer for Kershaw County Government
• First marketing manager for Kershaw County Economic Development
• Manager of The Kershaw County Committee of 100 -- an economic development non-profit organization
• Member, S.C. Equine Park board of directors
• Member, Kershaw County Habitat for Humanity board of directors
• Member, S.C. Economic Developers Association
• Graduate, S.C. Economic Development Institute
• Past president of Camden Rotary
• Past member of the Kershaw County Chamber board of directors
• Past member of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County board of directors