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Oct 21, 2012  |  Area Development: S.C. #2 state for doing business
For the third consecutive year, Area Development magazine’s editors have conducted a survey of a select group of highly respected… (more)


Oct 2, 2012  |  S.C. Gov. Haley: Sumter County a ‘star’ for growth and manufacturing
Gov. Nikki Haley, in her latest visit to Sumter County, touted her commitment to strengthen the state’s manufacturing sector even… (more)


Aug 5, 2012  |  Thompson Industrial Services Expands
Sumter-Based Company Plans to Add 200 Jobs by the end of SeptemberThompson Industrial Services and Sumter Economic Development are pleased… (more)


Jul 30, 2012  |  Porter’s Fabrications increasing operations at Sumter plant
$2.5 million investment expected to create 60 new jobsCOLUMBIA, S.C. – June 28, 2012 – Porter’s Fabrications, a maker of… (more)


Jun 12, 2012  |  Area Development magazine gives “Gold Shovel” award to S.C.
Sumter and South Carolina continue to reap rewards for outstanding economic development. The latest honor is a “Gold Shovel” award… (more)


May 6, 2012  |  Jay Schwedler named Developer of the Year
Sumter County Development Board President and CEO Jay Schwedler - for his efforts in leading Sumter County’s economic development efforts… (more)


Apr 19, 2012  |  Sumter Rakes in Magazine’s ‘Top 10’ Honors
Sumter County received four recognitions, either directly or indirectly, in Southern Business & Development magazine’s annual Top 10 issue, released… (more)


Apr 18, 2012  |  Watch out world: The Palmetto is back
South Carolina weighs in with some huge job and investment-generating projectsBy Mike Randle,Publisher, Southern Business & DevelopmentI remember when the… (more)


Apr 18, 2012  |  David Tsu, Au’Some CEO, Named Ambassador for Economic Development
Gov. Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce honored selected economic development leaders as South Carolina Ambassadors for… (more)


Apr 16, 2012  |  Explore the weekend in Sumter
There are more things to do in Sumter, SC than you can possibly pack into a weekend.This quaint southern town… (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