Sumter building to attract new industry, officials say

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 to Sumter.

A new spec building is a part of their vision for growth. It will be 50,000 sq. ft. (expandable to 100,000 sq. ft.) and located in the Black River Industrial Park.

Once built, the vacant space will be a location for a company to open up in town.

“We’ve had buildings developed in this manner in the past and they’ve all been occupied, … put people to work and created some new tax revenue for the community,” Jay Schwedler, President and CEO of the Sumter Economic Development Board, TheLINK and the Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative said. “The number one priority for us is to make sure that we are creating bountiful, good paying jobs.”

This will be the fifth building of its kind in the county, according to Schwedler, who says they expect to break-ground on the project in the next two to three weeks.

“We’re just really excited to get this thing underway,” Schwedler said. “We anticipate that a development, end user could come in and retrofit the facility in a matter of a couple months and have their product to market within six-months-time.”

It is possible that the space will be filled with a business in the advanced manufacturing arena, but they have not yet confirmed a particular buyer.

Credit: WLTX 19

Local Economic Development Professionals Earn Prestigious Certification

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 of SC Certified Economic Developer (SCCED). Brian and Eliza were two out of only 10 professionals throughout SC that were selected for the SC Economic Developers’ Association’s Advanced Symposium which covered topics such as negotiations, product and infrastructure development, site due diligence, deal structuring, incentives, marketing and communication strategies, and other topics relevant to the economic development profession. Each session throughout the robust year-long program involved graded exams followed by a final case study which had to be analyzed and presented before a group of certified economic development professionals. Brian and Eliza join Jay Schwedler as SC Certified Economic Developers within Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Economic Development Alliance.

Recent Lee County High School graduate is named tech champion

Recent Lee County High School graduate is named tech champion

Lavern Harry, a 2019 Lee Central High School graduate, was recently named the 2019 Technology Champion for the Santee-Lynches Region.

He earned the honor for his academic and community service endeavors.

As the winner, Harry received $500 to be used toward post-graduate expenses and a South Carolina Department of Education Office of Career & Technology certificate.

Harry also attended the Education and Business Summit, a Career and Technology Education state conference hosted by the Office of Career and Technology Education at SCDE in Greenville held June 24-27.

EBS is designed to provide learning opportunities in the area of Career and Technology Education, expand practices for use in the classroom or in administrative roles, create plans to groom South Carolina students for college and career readiness and help participants to develop stronger CATE courses and programs.

Credit: The Sumter Item