The South Carolina Economic Development Institute (The Institute), formerly known as The South Carolina Economic Development School (SCEDS), will offer a highly interactive curriculum to this year’s participants, affording them a greater “hands-on” economic development learning experience. The Institute, a thirty year partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association, has graduated more than 1,500 participants since its inception.

Join us as we celebrate 34 Years of Excellence for the Institute Program in 2024.

About The Institute

The Institute serves to educate those who support and participate in economic development activities in their communities while providing unique and innovative development approaches for implementation. Attendees who successfully complete each of the 2024 Institute’s four sessions will earn a Certificate of Completion. Who Should Attend? The Institute is open to participants from a wide variety of organizations and entities:

City, Town and County Councils
Local Economic Development Practitioners
County Economic Development Boards
County School Boards
Regional Economic Development Boards
Utility Companies
Local/State Government
Banks and many others
Schedule and Topics

The Institute is comprised of four two-day sessions held in various locations across South Carolina. The 2024 schedule is as follows:

February 8-9: Leadership and Communication Skills – Sumter, SC
May 2-3: Community Development and Tourism – N. Augusta, SC
August 22-23: Business and Industrial Development – Greer, SC
November 7-8: Product Development – Beaufort, SC

*Attendees are required to attend all sessions in consecutive order beginning with Session I.

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Click here to register for the class.