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Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative

Support and Influence from the Private Sector.

In 2005, the Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative (SSGI) was formed by 60 business leaders who understood that investing in economic development as a partner with government entities meant a better community and would ultimately result in a better business environment.

The same still holds true today. Now, with more than 125 businesses investing in SSGI – a 501 (c)6 not-for-profit organization and/or TheLINK Foundation – a 501 (c)3 not-for profit organization, or both, our team is in position to affect positive change on many different levels.  In 2017 alone, the private sector invested more than $495,000. Since 2015, SSGI and TheLINK have collectively raised more than $1 million in private sector funds and returned to our region a dollar for dollar match through a state legislative proviso for Economic Development Organizations. From 2005 to present, SSGI and TheLINK has raised more than $5 million from committed private sector partners to support economic development efforts.

TheLINK region has superior assets in terms of talent, property, infrastructure and access. An investment in economic development ensures that companies around the globe will take notice of what we have, see the willingness of businesses and individuals in this region to invest in it, and consider locating a facility here. With each new job that comes to TheLINK Region, a multiplier effect takes place as demand for goods and services increases. For example, for every dollar invested in bringing a company to the region, the regional economy could anticipate a $3300 return over 5 years.

To let our investors know just how much we appreciate them, we celebrate them at our signature Annual Bluegrass & Barbeque event – an evening of fun and fellowship, but more specifically a chance to say thank you in person. In its 11th year, this event is a showcase of the commitment our community has to improving and progressing.


  • Click here to join online or call (803) 418-0700.
  • If you'd like more information about our track record, click here to send an e-mail. We'll send you an investors packet immediately.
  • You can also download the SSGI Investment Card by clicking here.


Once completed, mail your investment card to:

10 E. Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150

By investing in the SSGI, you are investing in a brighter, more vibrant economic future for the people of Sumter County, South Carolina.

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“It is clear that South Carolina is focused on providing quality jobs for its citizens. We especially appreciate the cooperation and hospitality provided by the state, county and local government agencies. It is great to work with people who are genuinely interested in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.”
Gary Ricco
President and CEO, Mount Franklin Foods