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Oconee Economic Alliance named among “America’s Top Economic Development Corporations” by Global Trade Magazine

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(SENECA, S.C.) – February 16, 2016 – The Oconee Economic Alliance has been recognized as one of Global Trade Magazine’s “America’s Top EDCs” in their February/March 2016 issue.

Global Trade – a magazine geared toward U.S. companies involved in doing business globally – has announced its selections for its first-annual America’s Top EDCs report. This feature highlights some of the most active and accomplished economic development corporations from across the country. The Oconee Economic Alliance was one of only 18 organizations included in this prestigious list and the only economic development entity from the state of South Carolina.

“These EDCs aren’t necessarily from the biggest cities—indeed they’re not always cities, but sometimes states or independent organizations,” said Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Global Trade writer. “But the common thread is that they’re using creative and effective means for attracting business.”

“It is quite an honor to have our economic development team named one of the best by this publication,” stated Glenn Buddin, chairman of the Oconee Economic Alliance. “Oconee County has many strong factors that play into this continued recognized success, such as: an unmatched quality of life, an excellent location on the I-85 corridor, a progressive business climate and an extremely supportive County Council. We don’t envision our economic development pursuits slowing down anytime soon.”

Global Trade highlighted the Oconee Economic Alliance securing of more than $190 million in new capital investments in 36 months, helping Oconee County become an ACT-certified Work Ready Community and the countywide youth apprenticeship program.

Global Trade is the magazine for U.S. companies doing business globally. With 100 percent of its distribution focused in America, its coverage includes export-centric information, and how-to features ranging site selection, all modes of global logistics, trade finance and much more.

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Oconee Economic Alliance The Oconee Economic Alliance is a public-private nonprofit effort to accelerate job creation and capital investment, increase per capita income, diversify the local tax base and generate awareness of Oconee County, South Carolina as a business location. To learn more, please visit

  • Kent Dykes | Mar 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Good for Oconee County. Working hard on your economic development

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