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Blackwell Named Top Industry Leader

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Blackwell Named Top Industry Leader By Daja Dial When you think of the word leader, what do you think? When you think of economic development leadership, who do you think of? While the definition of a leader varies and while we definitely have standout leadership on the state...

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Oconee County, A Top Micropolitan

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Oconee County, A Top Micropolitan By Daja Dial After a knockout year last year, Oconee County once again proves it is the “Geography of Opportunity”. In the 2018 POLICOM Strength Ranking, it was ranked the number one micropolitan in the state of South Carolina. A micropolitan is...

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New Local Campaign: GIVE Oconee

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New Local Campaign: GIVE Oconee In an effort to continue to encourage Oconee County citizens to be conscious of their local support, the Oconee Economic Alliance is excited to introduce a NEW think local campaign. #ThinkOconee was our first think local campaign which championed the mission of...

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Vive la Walhalla

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Vive la Walhalla By Richard K. Blackwell How would one say “Walhalla” in French? I am not sure, but it is being said in Tours, France. You read that correctly as a French company has established operations in downtown Walhalla -- Right here in Oconee County. This is...

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Have we got a Story to Tell

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Have we got a Story to Tell By Richard K. Blackwell Have we got a story to tell about economic perseverance. It’s been almost seven years since Oconee County purchased a 400-acre farm property with the goal of creating an industry and technology park. It was one of those...

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SC Leads Country with Lowest Manufacturing Costs

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SC Leads Country with Lowest Manufacturing Costs By Emily Hodge The most recent edition of the Southern Business and Development Magazine names South Carolina as the lowest cost state for manufacturing operating costs in the country. The column references a study released by The Boyd Company earlier...

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Destination Oconee: Planning for the future

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Destination Oconee: Planning for the future By Janet Hartman There’s an old Chinese proverb that states “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now”. The same is true for community planning and development. Oconee County has made tremendous strides...

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