The Upstate SC Alliance has given its Spirit of the Upstate Award to Charles Dalton, retiring chief executive of the Pickens-based Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.
Separately, the Alliance honored Burriss Nelson, Anderson County’s director of economic development, as 2017 Local Economic Developer of the Year.
The Alliance, a regional economic development organization with headquarters in Greenville, announced the honors at its midyear meeting on Aug. 30 at the Crowne Plaza Greenville hotel.
The Spirit of the Upstate Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated a “significant commitment to the economic growth and prosperity” of the Upstate.
Dalton was among the founders of the Alliance and served as its chairman in 2004. His other civic roles over the years include service on the state highway commission.
Previous recipients of the Spirit of the Upstate Award include Robert “Bobby” Hitt, state Secretary of Commerce; Chris Przirembel, former vice president of research and economic development at Clemson University; Carl Flesher, a former executive with BMW Manufacturing Co.; and Irv Welling, former chairman of the Elliott Davis accounting firm.
The Local Economic Developer of the Year designation is presented to Upstate economic development officials who have made a significant difference in their communities.
Nelson, an Anderson native, has worked in economic development for 25 years.
Among the projects he’s worked on is TechTronic Industries’ new divisional headquarters and distribution center along Interstate 85 in Anderson County.
Nelson’s work for Anderson County also includes helping recruit the First Quality Tissue plant and continued investment at the Electrolux refrigerator plant.