Newberry County Forms Economic Development Task Force

NEWBERRY COUNTY – Newberry County is looking for 10 community-minded residents to serve on a task force that will spearhead the county’s first-ever strategic economic development plan.

Newberry County Director of Economic Development Rick Farmer said a focused economic development strategic plan is common in forward-thinking communities and helps guide a community on what their economic development priorities should be. . He said community participation in the process will be key to developing a plan that everyone can buy into.

“We’re calling on volunteers to help develop a plan that benefits everyone,” Farmer said. “We ask for their time and effort to provide a meaningful, representative and thoughtful plan.”

The strategic economic development plan will be led by members of the task force, assisted by staff and county administration. A team of professional consultants with direct experience in strategic planning at the community level will be hired to facilitate the process, which will take approximately six to nine months.

The effort will include multiple facets of strategic planning, including research, mission and vision statements, an assessment of Newberry County’s economic development product (sites, buildings, infrastructure), its workforce and its overall organizational structure.

“I think it’s helpful to think of a strategic plan as a sort of roadmap to the future,” Farmer said. “And of course the end goal is to build a more prosperous future and a better quality of life for all.”

Interested volunteers are asked to email Farmer at [email protected], or Newberry County Administrator Christopher Inglese at [email protected] Calls are also welcome at 803-321-2042 or 803-321-2100.

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