- Business Expansion
- Business Retention
- Project Management
- Presbyterian College, B.S., Political Science, 1999
- University of South Carolina, M.M.C., Integrated Communications, 2003
Accreditation & Honors
Completion of the following courses accredited/provided by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC):
- Basic Economic Development Course
- Business Retention and Expansion
- Economic Development Marketing and Attraction
- Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing
- Current Member and Past President, Rotary Club of Five Points (Columbia)
- Member, Leadership South Carolina Class of 2011
- Top 20 Under 40, The State Media Company, 2014
R. Andrew Folks
Raised in Lancaster, South Carolina, Andrew is deeply rooted in his home state and community. He graduated from Presbyterian College and is a dedicated Alumnus. Andrew then earned his Masters in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina and enthusiastically follows the Presbyterian College Blue Hose and Gamecocks’ athletic programs to this day. Currently, he is enrolled to become a Certified Economic Developer in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) accreditation program.
After beginning his career in public relations, Andrew joined South Carolina Power Team in 2008 and has acquired more than a decade of economic development experience. As a valued member of SC Power Team, he oversees the business retention and expansion program where he spends significant amounts of time in communities across the state, meeting people and learning about local industry. Actively tweeting his travels on Twitter, it is quite common for Andrew to be visiting prospects in Georgetown one day and then showing up in Clemson the very next morning. In addition to managing the BRE program, he maintains strong relationships with stakeholders, including industrial customers and electric power providers, as well as the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Andrew is an essential resource to SC Power Team stakeholders, allies, and industry customers.
Andrew and his wife, Julia, along with their daughter, Isabelle, live in the historic district of Shandon. They are members at Shandon Presbyterian Church, where Andrew serves as an ordained elder. In addition, he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Five Points, formerly serving as president. Making family a priority, Andrew enjoys spending time with both his and Julia’s extended families.
Andrew invites others interested in Palmetto State economic development to follow him on Twitter at @scandrewfolks.
Things other people say about Andrew …
passionate, expressive and loyal.
Andrew loves …
his family, his friends and making people smile.
His most precious time is spent …
Interesting facts …
was a football manager in middle school, high school and college – Once worked in Congress, and then as a janitor, in the same summer.
Who Andrew was back then …
Andrew will tell you, he was a total nerd. That is probably still true today, but Andrew says that he was much worse back then!