The Institute - South Carolina Economic Development Institute
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 twenty-eight year partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers' Association, has graduated more than 1,195 participants since its inception.
Join us as we celebrate 28 Years of Excellence for the Institute Program in 2018. Registration is now open for the 2018 class!
The 2018 class of the Economic Development Institute is closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please fill out the registration form. We will notify individuals on the wait list if they have been able to be accepted to the 2018 class.
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 in local communities. Attendees who successfully complete each of the 2017 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 different locations around the state. The 2016 schedule is as follows:
February 8-9: Leadership and Communication Skills - Newberry, SC
May 17-18: Community Development and Tourism - Lake City, SC
August 9-10: Business and Industrial Development - Seneca, SC
November 8-9: Product Development - Sumter, SC
*Attendees are required to attend all sessions in consecutive order beginning with Session I.
For additional information, please call the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association at (803) 929-0305.