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Sumter Development Board

Since 1957, the Sumter Development Board with support from the County and City of Sumter, has been the lead organization for job development and growth in the Sumter Community. Originally founded by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly, the Sumter Development Board has taken on many forms and challenges throughout the years. The Development Board began operating independently in the mid-1990s as the lead economic development organization in the Sumter Community.

The Development Board's mission is to increase per capita income by creating jobs and luring capital investment to our community. Today, Sumter Economic Development’s team is flourishing with Partners such as the Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative (SSGI) and TheLINK Economic Development Alliance, assisting in efforts to bolster industrial recruitment and expansion, new job creation, and community progress.

2021 Voting Members

  • Greg A. Thompson, Chairman; President & CEO, Thompson Construction Group
  • John M. Brabham Jr., Vice-Chairman; Broker/Owner, Berkshire Hathaway
  • Jay Davis, Coldwell Banker Cornerstone
  • Jim Jones, Jones Automotive Group
  • Jeanie Crotts, Administrator,National Healthcare Corporation, Sumter
  • Michelle Logan Owens, COO, Prisma Health Tuomey
  • Jack Osteen, Publisher, The Item
  • Jess Williams; CEO, Norman Williams & Associates
  • Earl Wilson; President, The Orr Company

Ex-Officios Board Members

  • James McCain, Chair, Sumter County Council
  • Gary Mixon, Sumter County Administrator
  • Mayor David Merchant, City of Sumter
  • Deron McCormick, Sumter City Manager
  • Rep. Murrell Smith, Delegate, Sumter Legislative Delegation
  • Chris Hardy, President, Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce

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“Everyone at Mount Franklin Foods is excited about our operations in Sumter, South Carolina. We are confident that we will have an abundance of excellent candidates as we build our team."
Gary Ricco
President and CEO, Mount Franklin Foods