LOCKHART — Union County Development Board Executive Director Andrena Powell-Baker’s new job looks a lot like her old job.
In a statement released Monday, Lockhart Power announced that it was welcoming Powell-Baker as its new “Senior Manager of Community Relations and Development.” The press released further stated that in her new position, Powell-Baker’s responsibilities will include “fostering community relations and actively participating in development opportunities for Lockhart Power and other Pacolet Milliken entities.”
Powell-Baker was welcomed to the Lockhart Power team by Lockhart Power Chief Operating Officer Bryan Stone who cited her experience in business development and marketing.
“We are excited to welcome Andrena aboard,” Stone said. “Andrena brings more than 25 years of business development and marketing experience which will be beneficial to Pacolet Milliken and Lockhart Power’s next phases of growth. She will be an excellent addition to our team, and we are pleased to have her join us.”
The press release states that Powell-Baker is a “South Carolina Certified Economic Developer and previously worked as the executive director of the Union County Development Board, a public sector economic development organization. In this role, she worked closely with all levels of elected officials, industry and community leaders, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, site selection consultants and private economic development partners on national and international industrial projects and community endeavors. As executive director at the Union County Development Board, she was also the lead negotiator for industrial development initiatives resulting in more than $300 million in capital investment and nearly 1,000 new jobs for Union County.”
It further states that “Powell-Baker received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University. Among her many career achievements, she was the recipient of the Achieveglobal Partnership Development Award, the South Carolina Commission for the Blind Innovation Award, the Who’s Who Among American Women and was named Girl Scouts Woman of Achievement. Additionally, she is on the board of directors for the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.”
Powell-Baker’s last day as Union County Development Board Executive Director was Friday.
Union County Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols said Tuesday that the board will begin advertising for Powell-Baker’s successor this week and advertise the position for three weeks. Nichols said that a committee composed of himself and two other board members will then interview the applicants. He said he hopes to have a successor in place within the next 90 days.
About Lockhart Power Company
Lockhart Power Company is an investor-owned public utility servicing the Upstate of South Carolina since 1912, with 99 percent of its power generated from renewable sources. Lockhart Power provides reliable and cost-effective electric service to its retail and wholesale customers, while also providing renewable energy to the City of Columbia and Duke Energy Carolinas.