UNION COUNTY — The former director of the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College is now the Executive Director of the Union County Development Board.
In a statement released Monday, the board announced that it “is pleased to welcome Kathy Jo Lancaster as their new Executive Director heading up the county’s economic development organization. She will be responsible for marketing the assets of Union County to create capital investment and jobs, attracting new businesses, and retaining and encouraging the expansion of existing industries.”
Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols welcome Lancaster, citing her knowledge and experience, and adding that the board is looking forward to working with her.
“We are very pleased to welcome Kathy Jo as the new Executive Director,” Nichols said. “The selection committee unanimously selected her for the position and we are delighted that she accepted. She has extensive knowledge and background in the workforce development arena which is a critical area of concern for new and expanding industry. We look forward to supporting Ms. Lancaster in carrying out the mission of the Union County Development Board.”
The press releases states Lancaster “previously worked as Campus Director for the SCC Union County Campus. In this role she was responsible for providing vision and leadership for the development of the center’s credit and non-credit programs, developing partnerships and linkage’s with business and industry, and leading dual enrollment activities with Union County Schools. In addition, she was responsible for implementing workforce education programs addressing the needs of local businesses and industries. Ms. Lancaster has a proven track record in strategic planning, project management, and in developing Union County’s Work Ready Community plan.”
Giving further details on Lancaster’s background in economic development and related matters, the press release states that she “received a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in history from Winthrop University. She completed the South Carolina Economic Development Institute in 2014 and is currently enrolled in the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Advanced Symposium seeking certification as a South Carolina Economic Developer. Ms. Lancaster has served on the Union County Development Board since 2011 and in that capacity she was involved in selling Union County and its assets to industrial prospects. In addition, she has been active in creating workforce development strategies, working with the business community to identify talent needs, and aligning activities and resources to strengthen Union County’s skilled labor pool.”
About Union County Development Board
Since its inception in 1982, the Union County Development Board (UCDB) has successfully served Union County through the primary purpose of recruiting new industry, retaining existing industry, and creating new jobs and capital investment. In July of 2009, a new structure was approved marking a dramatic shift in the makeup of the UCDB to serve the county moving forward.
This story courtesy of the Union County Development Board.