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Stronger Economies Together (SET) Collaborative Plans Civic Forums in Lexington, Sumter

The Central South Carolina Collaborative for the “Stronger Economies Together (SET)” program is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the first civic forums to be held as part of the regional economic development planning effort supported by USDA Rural Development, the Clemson Agribusiness Extension Program and South Carolina State University.  

The SET Collaborative is a combination of several regional planning districts in South Carolina that conduct economic development planning, including the Central Midlands, Santee-Lynches, and Lower Savannah Councils of Government (including Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Clarendon, Sumter, Saluda, Calhoun, and Orangeburg counties).

The regional civic forums represent a valuable opportunity for community members to engage in discussions and deliberations about the assets of local communities and the issues that are limiting their ability and that of the region to realize their full potential.  All are welcome to attend.

The first civic forum will take place from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on October 13, 2016 in the Eli Mack Room of the Lexington Municipal Complex (111 Maiden Lane, Lexington, SC 29072). For questions regarding the Civic Forum scheduled for Lexington, please contact Gregory Sprouse, at [email protected].

The second civic forum will be held from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on October 25, 2016 in the Iris Room of the Central Carolina technical College Health Sciences Center (133 S. Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150.  For questions regarding the Civic Forum scheduled for Sumter, please contact Kyle Kelly at [email protected].

Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.

Creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county in isolation from other nearby counties is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess their resources and then design and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths.  For more information on the SET Program, visit


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