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SC Power Team Receives 2017 NREDA Organization Excellence Award

November 2, 2017

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Power Team, a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of the 2017 National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) Organization Excellence Award.

This award was presented to SC Power Team for its Site Readiness Fund (SRF) initiative, a $30 million fund established by its Board of Trustees in 2014 as matching grants to pair with funding from the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, local governments, and other resources to facilitate the enhancement of existing sites, parks, and buildings within the electric cooperative service territories. SRF’s objective: to create winning sites that can be competitive through a site selection process; support the advancement of a site; and better position the site for winning during the site selection process. SRF investments have funded items, to include but not limited to: land acquisition; water and wastewater upgrades; industrial park infrastructure upgrades; speculative building construction and upgrades; roadway projects; and general site improvements.

“Since 2014, more than $130 million in combined funds have been put into making sites market-ready throughout South Carolina,” explained Bob Paulling, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for SC Power Team. “The most recent example of SRF’s community impact is the opening of MM Technics first North American metal stamping plant in Newberry County; a $12.6 million investment which will create 65 new jobs. SRF funding was used for road upgrades, clearing, grubbing and grading of MM Technics’ location in Mid-Carolina Commerce Park.”

The SRF commitments exceeding $25 million has leveraged an additional $105 million in investment from local governments and electric cooperatives. The sites where SRF has been utilized are referred to by SC Power Team as “SC Power Sites.” The locations of these SC Power Sites are clustered in areas of significant growth in South Carolina, to include: Upstate, I-85 Corridor; Central Midlands, I-26/I-77 Corridor; Charleston Region, I-26/I-526 Corridor; and Pee Dee Region, I-95 Corridor. These areas share five characteristics: location; infrastructure; labor force; speed to market; and willing partners. Locations can be found on the SC Power Team website, SC Power Sites/Featured Sites web page.

Clancy Courtney, Product Development Manager and 30-year member of the SC Power Team, concentrates his efforts on marketing SC Power Sites and making sites market-ready. He accepted the award on behalf of the organization at the awards ceremony which was held during the NREDA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

“The Site Readiness Fund is a community preparedness initiative established only four years ago, yet is having a profound effect on developing product, bringing sites to a market-ready status, and securing location announcements,” stated James Chavez, President and CEO for SC Power Team. “Through this initiative, the SC Power Team is carrying on its legacy of being essential to economic development in South Carolina and being partners in progress and prosperity.”

SC Power Team is dedicated to supporting its local and regional partners in promoting, attracting, and retaining businesses and new industry. The organization has done this for nearly three decades through competitiveness and community preparedness initiatives.

About South Carolina Power Team
South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., and the state’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. The power system serves the entire state (46 counties) and over half of its population. Its mission is to facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity, as well as, the expansion and retention of existing businesses and industrial facilities. For more information, visit www.SCPowerTeam.com.

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Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
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James “Jamie” W. Frost, II, P.E., Joins SC Power Team as Sr. Vice President Community Preparedness

January 10, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Power Team is pleased to announce James “Jamie” W. Frost, II, P.E., as its new Senior Vice President Community Preparedness. Jamie will lead the community preparedness and product development efforts for SC Power Team. His primary focus will be working with cooperatives and community partners to develop market-ready sites and ensure sites are competitive throughout the selection process for project decisions in the SC Power Team service territory.

Jamie joins the SC Power Team from Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc., a consulting firm with five locations and 80 plus employees. Jamie, a Registered Professional Engineer, joined the consulting firm in 2004 as a project manager and was promoted to senior project manager, later becoming a shareholder and vice president of the firm. He was responsible for a team of 20 plus employees, ranging from senior project managers to administrative staff and interns.

Jamie has been involved with numerous projects in the SC Power Team’s territory and throughout South Carolina, to include most recently, Wyman-Gordon, Sigmatex, QVC, and Monster.com. He has been intimately involved with the Phase II Site Readiness Fund (SRF) Initiative that the SC Power Team has underway, to include site analysis of over 78 sites, of which one mega site and three large sites were selected for additional due diligence and potential purchase as part of the SRF Initiative. Jamie has worked for other reputable engineering firms, to include S&ME and Stevens & Wilkinson of S.C., and offers two decades of experience in civil engineering, the last twelve years being in the field of economic development.

As Senior Vice President Community Preparedness, Jamie will provide high-level consulting and product development services to the communities within the service area of the SC Power Team, as well as to the organization’s global business team. He will be responsible for identifying, developing, and marketing sites and buildings within the service area of Santee Cooper and the 20 electric cooperatives. Additionally, Jamie will have oversight of the organization’s $30 million SRF and ensure projects are completed on time.

“With the addition of Jamie Frost, we are further enhancing our holistic offerings and comprehensive approach to economic development for Santee Cooper and the 20 electric cooperatives. Jamie’s experience will be key as he leads our team’s efforts to ensure we have inventory of market-ready sites across our system. He is well-respected in the engineering and economic development communities and brings invaluable experience to the communities we serve,” explained James Chavez, President and CEO, SC Power Team.

Jamie is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a degree in Civil Engineering. He has served as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA), and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Jamie has actively served in leadership capacities with SCEDA and Committee of 100. Jamie and his wife, Beth, along with their four children—Caroline, Tripp, Annabelle, and Simms—make their home in Columbia, S.C.

Fast Facts about the South Carolina Power Team

  • In 2016 announced capital investment $830.6 mil and 5,006 jobs
  • Committing $30 million over the next five-year period, matched by local funds to create market-ready sites and buildings across South Carolina
  • Largest power producer in South Carolina, serving two-thirds of the state
  • Partners consist of Santee Cooper, Central Electric Power Cooperative and the 20 electric cooperatives

About South Carolina Power Team
South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing the state-owned, electric and water utility, Santee Cooper and South Carolina’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. The mission of the South Carolina Power Team is to facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity, as well as, the expansion and retention of existing businesses and facilities in the service areas of the electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper throughout South Carolina. Visit www.scpowerteam.com for more news, information, or follow us on Twitter @SCPowerTeam.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
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Jason Speake Joins SC Power Team as Senior Project Manager

February 10, 2016

Columbia, S.C. (February 10, 2016) – South Carolina Power Team is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Speake to its Global Business team as senior project manager. In his new role Jason will focus on new industry recruitment and job growth in the South Carolina Power Team service territory.

He will take a leadership role in project management, strategy implementation, and assist SC Power Team partners with all facets of the site selection process. He will participate in both Domestic and International marketing missions, conferences, and trade shows.

Jason joins SC Power Team from North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA), where he was the director of business development. He was previously a project manager at South Carolina Department of Commerce focusing on recruiting automotive and distribution industries. In 2015 he received the Rural Development Project Leader Award by the South Carolina Department of Commerce for his dedication to economic development in rural areas of the state. The award recognized Jason for announcements which included 790 new jobs and capital investment of more than $62 million in rural South Carolina areas for projects he led. Projects included eleven new projects in ten different rural counties. Jason was with the department for five years.

Jason holds a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from Lander University. Jason is a member of The Citadel MBA Association. He recently became engaged to Lindsey Dangerfield. The couple will make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
P: (803) 978-7647 | E: jkelley@scpowerteam.com

SC Power Team Promotes Angelyn Thomas to Project Manager

November 5, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 5, 2015) – South Carolina Power Team is pleased to announce the promotion of Angelyn Thomas to project manager. In this role Angelyn will focus on new industry recruitment and job growth in the South Carolina Power Team service territory.

She will take a leadership role in project management and assist our partners with all facets of the site selection process. Angelyn will also participate in both Domestic and International marketing missions, conferences, and trade shows. In her previous role as business development manager, Angelyn coordinated SC Power Team’s business development activities. With her ability to organize and deliver concise, results-driven data, Angelyn has helped the team move forward in its economic development strategy and objectives.

Angelyn is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Formerly, she worked as business development coordinator for Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) in Charleston, S.C. She is a member of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA)—South Carolina’s advocate for economic development professionals and policies affecting the industry.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
P: (803) 978-7647 | E: jkelley@scpowerteam.com

SC Power Team Names Warren Darby VP Global Business

October 29, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 29, 2015) – South Carolina Power Team is pleased to announce the promotion of Warren Darby as its new Vice President, Global Business. Warren will lead the global business team and its efforts to attract investment and jobs in the South Carolina Power Team service territory.

Warren joined South Carolina Power Team in August of 2014.  He began as senior project manager focusing his efforts on project development and management. Since joining the organization Warren has played a vital role in decision locations for many companies, including Wyman-Gordon, and most recently, Dollar Tree Distribution Center.

He formerly worked with South Carolina Department of Commerce as a senior project manager where he focused on new industry recruitment and growing the state’s existing business. He was responsible for over 45 projects statewide, resulting in commitments of more than 5,700 new jobs and nearly $1 billion in new investment. In 2014, Warren was a recipient of the Rural Development Service Award.  Warren shared this honor with his colleague Tony Allen for the recruitment of nearly 2,500 jobs and more than $375 million in investment to rural South Carolina.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director

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Named Class of 2015 Top Utilities by Site Selection

September 1, 2015

SC Power Team PartnersCOLUMBIA, S.C. (September 1, 2015) – South Carolina Power Team, its partners Santee Cooper, Central Electric Power Cooperative, and South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives have been named to Site Selection magazine’s 2015 Top Utilities in Economic Development.

The Top Utility salute is given by Site Selection magazine to top utility economic development teams. The criteria includes analysis of corporate end-user project activity for the previous year in those utilities’ territories, and data from Site Selection’s Plant Database, and from utility and community reports. Other criteria include the utility’s job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends; innovative programs and incentives for business, to include energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; and website tools and data. The acknowledgement recognizes accomplishments for the 2014 calendar year.

“The 2015 designation as a Top Utility is a great achievement for the SC Power Team and our partners. It demonstrates the new rates and incentives adopted by both Santee Cooper and the 20 electric cooperatives in 2014 are making us even more competitive,” said Larry Hinz, chairman of the Board of Trustees, South Carolina Power Team. In 2014 the SC Power Team board of trustees adopted an aggressive 5-year strategy. In addition to new rate incentives, it bolstered momentum through their commitment to invest more than $30 million through the Site Readiness Fund initiative, which matches local funds to advance sites and buildings across S.C. to make them truly market-ready.”

“We are thrilled to be named a 2015 Top Utility by an industry peer like Site Selection,” said James Chavez, president and CEO of the South Carolina Power Team. “In years past, we have been given an Honorable Mention for our economic development efforts. It is gratifying to know that our community-focused efforts have contributed to projects announcing in our service territory, and we are seeing success in nearly every part of the state,” Chavez continued.

“Economic development has always been a priority for Santee Cooper, and since 1988 we have seen much success by joining forces with the state’s electric cooperatives and the Power Team. I am proud of our accomplishments, all for the betterment of South Carolina. This is truly a powerful partnership,” added Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper, President and CEO.

“This year’s Top Utilities are the class of their field when it comes to economic development teamwork,” said Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection. “Like the best athletic teams, they know how to look for the open opportunity, turn on a dime when circumstances require it, communicate with teammates and move without the ball so they’re ready when the time comes to close the deal.”

“Utilities play a key role as participants in the economic development efforts of cities, regions and all areas working to improve their local business climate,” said Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “This year’s Top Utilities were particularly successful in this endeavor in 2014.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
P: (803) 978-7647 | E: jkelley@scpowerteam.com