Nichols honored as Ambassador for Economic Development

By Charles Warner cwarner@civitasmedia.com

April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA — Union County Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols has been recognized as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the State Department of Commerce.

Through an official proclamation, Gov. Nikki Haley declared the week of March 31-April 4 Industry Appreciation Week.

The S.C. Department of Commerce observed Industry Appreciation Week by honoring individuals from each of the state’s 46 counties as Ambassadors for Economic Development. The individuals honored at the April 3 ceremony in Columbia included local leaders from the private sector representing a variety of businesses and economic development organizations committed to securing new jobs and investment in their communities.

Among those honored as an Ambassador for Economic Development was Nichols, who is not only chairman of the Union County Development Board, but also director of the City of Union Utility Department. As both development board chairman and utility department director, Nichols has been heavily in involved in promoting and facilitating economic development in Union County.

During Nichols’ tenure on the board and as its chairman, Union County has seen its economic fortunes improve with new industries locating here and existing ones expanding. Over the past five years, through the arrival of new industries and their subsequent expansion and the expansion of existing industry, there has been a total of 266.9 million in capital investment in the county and the creation of a total of 738 new jobs.

Nichols pointed out that the growth that the county has experienced in recent years has been the result of a collective effort by the staff and members of the development board.

“I’m very honored to receive the Union County ambassadorship,” Nichols said Thursday. “What we’ve achieved has been due to the hard work, not just of myself, but of the entire development board and staff.”