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COLUMBIA — Union County’s Frank Hart, Dale Wendel and James Wilson, along with 52 other local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina, have completed the 2013 South Carolina Economic Development Institute. Institute graduates received their Certificates of Completion during the final day of the 2013 Institute held at Rock Hill City Hall.

During the program’s two-day sessions, institute participants traveled to various locations throughout the state gaining insight into economic development issues impacting South Carolina, including: water and wastewater infrastructure, available industrial or business buildings and the community development components necessary to attract investment.

The Institute is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA). The program emphasizes essential elements necessary to be competitive in today’s global economy and educates attendees on the emerging trends in community and economic development.

“Economic development is a team effort, requiring input from organizations and individuals from across the state. The Institute gives participants the knowledge and tools to compete in today’s challenging economic environment,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “While we continue to look outward for economic development opportunities, these graduates will help our state remain competitive and well-prepared for future growth.”

The Institute is entering into its 24th year and is open to participants from a wide variety of organizations and entities, such as local councilmembers, government employees, economic development professionals and community board members.

For more information on the 2014 Institute, interested attendees should visit www.sceda.org or contact the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association at 803-929-0305.

This story was submitted by the S.C. Department of Commerce.

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