since 1965

Welcome to SCEDA

South Carolina’s Voice for Economic Development

Our Mission

The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) serves as the Voice of Economic Development in the Palmetto State.

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Professional Development

SCEDA provides a variety of professional development programs throughout the year ranging from The SC Economic Development Institute, which is an entry-level course in the basics of economic development. The SC Economic Developers’ Advanced Symposium is for career practitioners that provides a higher level economic development curriculum.

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Upcoming Events

January 17
Legislative Reception
Columbia, SC

February 28
Member Meeting
* New location

May 8-10
Annual Conference
Myrtle Beach, SC


Our members include local and regional economic developers, as well as officials from municipal, county and state government agencies, construction and engineering firms, utility companies, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, and higher education.

SCEDA’s mission is to enhance the professional development of its membership and to advocate economic development to benefit the citizens of South Carolina.

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The Latest News

2024 SCED Institute Registration Opens

2024 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN SOUTH CAROLINA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (THE INSTITUTE) The South Carolina Economic Development Institute (The Institute), formerly known as The South Carolina Economic Development School (SCEDS), will offer a highly interactive...

2024 Pre Filed Bills Released in November

In mid November the South Carolina House of Representatives released the following pre-filed bills for 2024. For questions on any of these bills, contact SCEDA Lobbyists John DeWorken at and/or Sunnie Harmon at More information...

Institute Scholarships Due November 1

Institute Scholarships Due November 1

The South Carolina Economic Development Institute (The Institute), formerly known as The South Carolina Economic Development School (SCEDS), offers a highly interactive curriculum to participants, affording them a greater “hands-on” economic development learning...

August Membership Meeting Recap

August Membership Meeting Recap

Membership Meeting Recap SCEDA's Membership Meeting, held August 24, 2023, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center had a record turnout of 230 members.  The meeting featured informative speakers, honored the nine recent recipients of the SC Certified Economic...

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