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Aug 8, 2019  |  Local Economic Development Professionals Earn Prestigious Certification
Brian Rauschenbach and Eliza Buxton of Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Economic Development Alliance have both earned the prestigious title… (more)


Jul 17, 2019  |  Sumter building to attract new industry, officials say
SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — State, county and city officials are among a group of people working to bring new industry… (more)


Jun 19, 2019  |  SC Ports Graduates 25 Port Ambassadors
CHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 19, 2019 – South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) recognizes 25 delegates for completing the 2018-2019 Port… (more)


May 31, 2019  |  Maj. Gen. Zobrist will retire in Sumter in June
The 9th Air Force commander, who leads eight wings and three direct reporting units through its Shaw Air Force Base… (more)


May 28, 2019  |  Eaton’s Employee Nyaaisjah Samuel Shares Her Story
Nyaaisjah Samuel is a social butterfly, mom of an active 3-year old -- and a switchboard technician at Eaton. “My… (more)


May 24, 2019  |  Alice Drive Elementary School students display STEM inventions
BY DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com The Alice Drive Elementary School cafeteria didn't look much like a cafeteria on Monday night but… (more)


May 24, 2019  |  ‘Gummy expert’ buys Sumter’s Mount Franklin
By BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com   The way a corporate executive described it Wednesday, “there’s a little more science to getting… (more)


May 22, 2019  |  Central Carolina Technical College celebrates more than 600 graduates
Central Carolina Technical College held two commencement ceremonies May 10 at the Sumter County Civic Center to accommodate more than… (more)


May 10, 2019  |  Sumter’s Merchant Iron Works owner credits his mentors, employees in his journey to success
BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Sumter Economic Development Board President Jay Schwedler describes winners in the world of local economic development… (more)


May 9, 2019  |  Merchant Iron Works Hosts Expansion Celebration Today
Sumter, SC- Merchant Iron Works, a leader in steel and metal fabrication held a luncheon today, May 9th, in celebration… (more)



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We’ve made great strides. But now it’s time to shift our focus inward and really zero in on our number one asset: our people.”
Greg Thompson
Chair, Sumter Development Board