The Annual Meeting of the SC Rural Development Council was to identify elements of existing strategic plans that the group might wish to pursue. An intern at Clemson reviewed plans from the I-95 Corridor Study, New Carolina, the Palmetto Institute, the Palmetto Agribusiness Council, the Forestry Commission, the McNulty Strategic Plan for Tourism and the I05 Rejuvenation Paper by SCRA. Co-Chairs David Hughes and Vernita Dore believed that direction could be obtained from existing plans. The group subsequently identified some 26 issues from the reports.
After much discussion, the group identified two areas: Entreprenuership and Education/Workforce. Entrpeneurship would include a borad range of issues, including various funding models, public policy, renewable energy and entrepreneurship education. Education and workforce will work with existing groups to identify problems and seek solutions for the lack of trained workforce in rural areas.
The Council recognized and thanked Walter Harris for his service as coordinator of the Rural Development Council. Walter was retiring on November 23 after many years of service to Clemson and the State of SC.