Professional Development

Professional Development and Strategic Planning Initiatives

The focus of Community Preparedness is both educational and strategic in nature, providing additional resources to area stakeholders.

Professional Development Scholarships

The scholarships support continuing education in the area of economic development. Tuition is reimbursed for full-time County and Regional Economic Development staff to attend the following:

  • Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC)
  • Economic Development Institute (EDI)
  • IEDC Courses
  • Advanced Symposium

Strategic Planning Initiatives

The initiative pays pays 50% of the cost, up to a $25,000 maximum, for counties and regions to conduct the following:

  • Economic Development Strategic Plans of Action
  • Target Industry Studies
  • Marketing Implementation Studies

A community education component has been added to the program, which can assist a county or region at the conclusion of the study in explaining and providing implementation steps on the conclusions of the study to its government and business leaders.

Annually, SC Power Team makes available over
$100,000 in Strategic Planning Initiatives and
Professional Development Scholarships.