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Peggy McLean named SCEDA Local Developer of the Year

May 23, 2016

South Carolina Economic Developers' Association
Nisha Patel
Crawford Strategy

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 19, 2016 – The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) awarded Peggy McLean, director of Kershaw County Economic Development, its Local Developer of the Year award during the 2016 SCEDA Annual Conference at the Marriott Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach.


The SCEDA Local Developer of the Year Award recognizes the hard work and dedication of local developers in the Palmetto State. The evaluation criteria includes innovative programs, accomplishments, obstacles, impact of efforts on the community, involvement with SCEDA, professional development and personal traits.


McLean’s successful efforts in Kershaw County totaled more than $200 million in new capital investment and more than 550 new jobs. The total annual payroll for the announced new jobs is more than $19.5 million which results in a significant long-term impact on the Kershaw County community.


“Peggy is passionate about economic development and her efforts are proof,” said Mark Simmons, Principal, Parker Poe Consulting. “She has broken records for Kershaw County and has also made strides in workforce development which is vital for the community.”


McLean has been an economic development professional for more than 18 years. Since 1995, McLean has been an active member of SCEDA. She is a former SCEDA board member and Professional Development Committee chair.




Since 1965, the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association has served as the Voice of Economic Development in the Palmetto State. A professional trade association of more than 580 members, with representation from all 46 counties, SCEDA includes local and regional economic developers, as well as officials from municipal, county and state government agencies, construction and engineering firms, utility companies, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, and higher education. To learn more, visit



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-- Julian Burns - Kershaw County Council Chairman