Pickens County rejoins Upstate SC Alliance

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Pickens County has rejoined the Upstate SC Alliance, the regional economic development organization, after an absence of nearly five years.

Four new faces on Pickens County Council joined with one veteran in voting on Monday, March 20, to once again take part in regional efforts at job creation, said Roy Costner, council chairman and one of the new faces.

The county will pay $58,000 a year for the Alliance’s services, which include marketing the county as a great place to do business.

Pickens was one of 10 Upstate counties that helped form the Alliance, but a previous Council pulled out in the summer of 2012, arguing the value wasn’t worth the price.

Costner, however, sees it differently.

“We believe that we can get a return on our investment in the sense of putting Pickens County back on the map for those national and international businesses that are wanting to locate in this area,” he said.

John Lummus, Alliance president, welcomed the decision.

“Pickens County has a very strong manufacturing base and has many assets, including Clemson University within its borders,” Lummus said. “We feel that they will help the Upstate be even stronger in our economic development efforts.”

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