Why HERE?

Rarely is there a geographic location that satisfies every human need. Sumter and Lee Counties, South Carolina is that infrequent find. Combining southern hospitality, an aggressive business climate, award winning recreational venues, and state-of-the-art healthcare, TheLINK region meets any conceivable need. Nestled inside the heartland of South Carolina with robust assets that are sure to exceed what an individual wants and company desires. A strong educational system coupled with dedicated business and community leaders make this area not just ideal but idealistic. A low cost of living along with a high level of satisfaction and beaches and mountains right up the road, let us know that “Everything you need is HERE or near.”

Healthcare

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If you’re seeking world-class healthcare with the assurance of qualified, compassionate practitioners, look no further. From primary care to urgent medical matters, we’ve got healthcare down to a science and thus the formula for success. The enhanced use of technology coupled with experienced staff and leadership demonstrates that we genuinely Care about your Health HERE.

Why Here? It’s the best place to be because of our healthcare system” – BJ

 

Education

 

Hands on and Hats off – That’s our goal HERE. From Pre-K until Graduation Day, our educators are committed to providing excellence in instruction. We have seasoned faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to developing cutting edge curriculum that prepares students for now and later.

“Now at USC Columbia I feel just as prepared as my fellow national and international students” – Lona Gillard 

Recreation

While we do have great parks, parking is far from what we do HERE! With more than 30 recreational facilities, this region has spaces and places to explore for groups, gatherings or galas. Known for scenic views and packed pews, there’s something for everyone. Hunters, bunters and punters will delight in our ample out door spaces.

“I like to challenge myself to new sports and the Palmetto Tennis Center has the best courts and atmosphere” –Hailey Keyes

Employment

Work and Play in the same place? You bet! Located in the heart of South Carolina, everything is within reach. More than 80 international and domestic industries make this region the nerve center of commerce. Businesses thrive HERE and employees drive HERE, building a world-class workforce and worldwide success.

“I moved to Sumter, SC and I have a great job with great benefits” – Brian Rauschenbach

Shaw AFB invites local manufacturing companies for a base tour and a F-16 demonstration

We are grateful for the strong relationship that exists between Shaw AFB and Sumter area manufacturers.  After leaders from Shaw AFB toured local manufacturing companies such as Continental Tire, BD, and Pilgrim’s, Shaw AFB extended the invite to our manufacturing...

Virtual Career Fair for Shaw Air Force Base and the SC Military Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2021 Contact: James Richter Phone: 803.528.1288 Email: james@myscma.com (Columbia, SC) – Today, SC Future Makers, a workforce initiative of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), announced that it will host a virtual career...

Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, the City of Sumter, and Sumter County hosted Senator Tim Scott’s team

Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, the City of Sumter, and Sumter County hosted Senator Tim Scott’s team for a meeting and tour of beautiful Sumter, SC.  It was great to share the wonderful progress being made in Sumter region by highlighting economic...

Shaw AFB Wing Commander and Command Chief at Pilgrim’s, Continental & BD

Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance facilitated a series of Sumter based manufacturing familiarization tours with the leadership from Shaw Air Force Base.  Thanks to Pilgrim’s, BD, and Continental Tire for showcasing what you do.  The Airmen and Soldiers...

Company’s $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Santa Cruz Nutritionals (SCN), a subsidiary of Santa Cruz Healthcare, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs. Established in 1968, SCN is a leading manufacturer of enhanced...

NOVA MOLECULAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. EXPANDING OPERATIONS IN SUMTER COUNTY

More than $14.9 million investment will create 25 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. (Nova), a chemical manufacturing company, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The more than $14.9 million investment will create 25...

eSTEAM Road Show

Due to the current health concerns related to Covid-19, as an alternative to what would have been the 3rd year of the eSTEAM Sumter Festival, TheLINK Economic Development Alliance hosted the eSTEAM Road Show. While the eSTEAM Sumter Festival focuses on advancements in...

BD Sumter hosted US Senator Lindsey Graham.

August 26, 2020 - BD Sumter hosted US Senator Lindsey Graham. Senator Graham praised BD for their active involvement in manufacturing medical devices made in the USA. Additionally Senator Graham recognized the efforts of the City of Sumter, Sumter County, Central...

2020 eSTEAM Sumter Festival Cancelled

For Immediate Release Contact: Erika D. Williams 803-464-8880 EkWilliams@sumtersc.gov 2020 eSTEAM Sumter Festival Cancelled Out of an abundance of caution for the public safety of our children, community and businesses, the eSTEAM Sumter Festival originally slated for...

Sumter’s eSTEAM Festival wins Excellence on Main Street Award

Main Street South Carolina recognized Sumter’s eSTEAM Festival with the Excellence on Main Street Award. This award recognizes the top project from among the winners in the five categories of the annual Main Street Inspiration Awards. The eSTEAM Sumter Festival in...

‘Giving back’ to Sumter in the pandemic: Paint company Sumter Coatings produces hand sanitizer for community, customers

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our continued coverage, please subscribe or...

Sumter County companies weathering COVID-19 with help from Small Business Association, County Economic Development Team

Written by Brantley Strickland, SCCED As the economic ramifications of a worldwide health crisis loomed, economic development officials throughout the state were preparing to protect their most precious commodity: existing industries. And things are no different in...

COVID-19 Community Outreach

The safety, health and well-being of our community is of the utmost importance during this especially challenging time. We all play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and hopefully limiting the impact on local and regional business...

Sumter Original Brewery Establishing Operations In Sumter County

$6.5 million investment will create 20 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sumter Original Brewery, a local craft brewery, today announced plans to establish operations in Sumter County. The company’s $6.5 million investment will create 20 new jobs. The first-of-its-kind in the...

JEMISON METALS EXPANDING SUMTER COUNTY OPERATIONS

Thursday, December 19, 2019 More than $14 million investment to create 57 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jemison Metals, a leading supplier of carbon flat-rolled products, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The more than $14 million investment is...

Sumter Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sumter Featured in Where to Retire Magazine Houston, TX (Dec. 11, 2019) – Sumter, SC, has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation...

SKF expanding Sumter County operations $26 million investment to create 10 new jobs

SKF expanding Sumter County operations $26 million investment to create 10 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – SKF, a global leader in bearing manufacturing, today announced plans to expand its Sumter County operations. The company’s $26 million investment is projected to...

Sumter’s Bates Middle School earns national STEM certification

Four years ago, Bates Middle School offered the same handful of electives - physical education, band, art and keyboarding - that you could find in a school a generation ago. As Principal Ayesha Hunter describes it, by now tapping into the skills and talents of its...

TheLINK Economic Development Alliance Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Erika Williams 803.464.8880 October 18, 2019 INDIANAPOLIS, IN – TheLINK Economic Development Alliance won a silver award for its eSTEAM Sumter Festival, a project in the category of special event of the International Economic...

Recover. Return. Grow.: NOVA Molecular Technologies Inc. marks 5 years in Sumter

NOVA Molecular Technologies Inc. gets the sticky out. NOVA's high-value solvent recovery and return program is like lighter fluid to tape residue. The Sumter-based manufacturing company takes solvent, messy, hazardous, waste that companies have used to make their...

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...

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...

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...

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 Ambassador Program, which provides participants a deep understanding of the connection between the Port of Charleston and South Carolina’s...

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 headquarters, is set to retire next month, but he won't be going far. Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist said Monday after giving a keynote address at the...

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 job is to identify parts that are compatible with the switchboard structure,” she said. “I reference electrical drawings for amperage and the type of...

Lee Central Middle STEAM Launch

TheLINK Economic Development Alliance in Partnership with The South Carolina Department of Commerce- Workforce Division, held a STEAM Launch at Lee Central Middle School Today to introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts to the...

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 like a science lab. That's because the school was holding its STEM-inspired Invention Convention, where students displayed projects...

‘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 those vitamins in there than meets the eye.” Jill Pergande, chief human resources officer with top-volume gummy producer Santa Cruz...

TheLINK Economic Alliance and USC-Sumter Graduates First Emerging Leaders Class

TheLINK Economic Development Alliance along with the University of South Carolina- Sumter announce graduation ceremonies for the inaugural class of the Ross McKenzie Emerging Leaders Program on Tuesday, May 21st. Emerging Leaders is a year-round leadership experience...