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Keeping Oconee’s momentum going

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Originally appeared in the December 12 issue of The Seneca Journal. Oconee economic development boss Richard Blackwell has said, “If you build it, they will come,” so often since coming to the county in 2012 that the makers of the movie “Field of Dreams” might have...

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Great in 2015, better in 2016

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By Glenn Buddin Pick an economic development measurable and its likely Oconee County excelled at it in 2015. Oconee is blessed to be experiencing record levels of its citizens working, per capita income numbers rising, and the county employment rate has dropped from 6.2 percent to 5.3...

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Celebrating Manufacturing

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By Richard K. Blackwell October is National Manufacturing Month. It’s important to take time to celebrate our industries this month, because many people don’t think about how any given product on a store shelf is actually many smaller products put together to create the larger end...

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FAQ’s for AOP

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What is the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Business & Industry Showcase? The Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Business & Industry Showcase is an event designed to let eighth graders interact with the largest employment sector in the tri-county area, manufacturing. The event also has representation from law enforcement, public health and other...

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Destination: Oconee

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By Richard K. Blackwell Recently, many area residents may have heard that Oconee has created a “tourism/destination marketing strategy” with the purpose to not only showcase the natural assets of our county, but to build upon them. Numerous one-on-one interviews, committee meetings and public presentations were conducted...

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Investing in our youth is the key to success

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By Richard K. Blackwell Benjamin Franklin once said that an investment in knowledge pays the best kind of interest. That thinking is why representatives from the Oconee Economic Alliance, School District of Oconee County, the Hamilton Career Center and Apprenticeship Carolina have joined forces to create a...

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Getting Work Ready

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by Richard K. Blackwell The Oconee Economic Alliance has taken great strides to keep Oconee County on track for its five-year strategic economic development plan. Oconee County has specifically improved the link between education and career readiness, as well economic growth as a whole, and these efforts...

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On Target for Oconee

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Your Oconee Economic Alliance has directly increased economic development opportunities in Oconee County in the past thirty-six months as evidenced with $150 million in newly announced capital investments and over 800 new jobs coming on-line. How have we done this? How have we added jobs and...

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