COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 30, 2013 – Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce will host rural and economic development leaders from across South Carolina next month for the 23rd annual South Carolina Rural Summit, presenting a program that will challenge attendees to improve local communities.
The Summit will be held at the Municipal Center, located at 214 Park Avenue SE, in Aiken on Monday, March 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
“Rural communities across our state play an important role in South Carolina’s economic success. The Rural Summit provides a chance for local leaders to come together and share ideas about how to make their communities more competitive in attracting investment,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Rural community leaders, economic developers and state officials will share ideas, experiences and practical knowledge to improve rural South Carolina. Governor Haley will give the keynote address and preside over the Rural Summit awards ceremony. Each award recognizes an individual or group that has contributed to the improvement of rural South Carolina. The winning photograph for the Amateur Rural Summit Photography Contest will also be selected during the program.
“Economic development in South Carolina is a team sport. This is especially true in rural communities. But it also requires leadership, especially from the local level,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The Summit is a great way for our rural partners to build relationships and connect with one another.”
Other speakers at this year’s Summit will include Joe Max Higgins, CEO of Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, Tan Kirby Davis, president of The Kirby Resource Group and Bernell K. Ingram, president and CEO of Visions International.
Registration for the Rural Summit is now open. The registration fee for the event is $125 before Feb. 20, and $150 from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27. For registration forms and more information about the S.C. Rural Summit, please visit sccommerce.com/events/rural-summit.