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Alliance new Hampton home moving forward

Hampton County’s incoming new Southern Carolina Economic Alliance headquarters is still being constructed, with officials saying they hope to move into their new office space by Halloween.
According to Danny Black, an official with the alliance, the building is still being renovated in downtown Hampton. He said he hopes that the move-in date will be by Halloween of this year, but says renovations and a few weather-related construction delays may push them slightly passed their goals.
Black says Hampton County was chosen as the alliance’s new headquarters because of its central location to the region they serve. The alliance is an organization that serves several regional counties, including Colleton, Hampton, Allendale, and Bamberg. Its administrative team focuses on economic development in these rural areas and in boosting the regional job market.
The group celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. During that time, they have focused on helping rural counties in the region receive a boost: these projects have included new industrial contracts, new hospital construction, solar energy expansions in rural counties and have helped in the recruitment of incoming employers. The group is currently working with Barnwell County to help build a new urgent care center. Their website lists advantages to building a new business in their services. As for Colleton County, the group’s site boasts Colleton’s proximity to the port, interstates and railroad ties.
When asked if the alliance is planning to open an office space or a service agency out of Colleton County, Black says the group is looking at potential space in Walterboro. “We have been offered a space by the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie, and we are certainly grateful for that,” he said. “Right now, we are focusing on finishing the headquarters and then we will see if a spin-off location is needed elsewhere.
“Hampton was chosen for this new headquarters site for us because it is central to everyone who we serve,” he added. “There is a benefit to being there, and we like to go places where we can benefit the community, also,” he said. “We’re certainly looking forward to this new location.”

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