On Friday, Nov. 9, Robert Crenshaw of Aiken, along with 54 other local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina, completed the 2012 South Carolina Economic Development Institute. Institute attendees received their Certificates of Completion during the final day of the 2012 Institute held at The Phillips Market Center at the S.C. Farmers Market.

The 2012 Institute participants traveled to different locations throughout the state that have been successful in community development and attracting and expanding their business and industrial base. Attendees gained insight into issues relating to: water and wastewater infrastructure, available industrial or business buildings and the importance other community development components necessary to attract investment.

The Institute is a partnership between the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Economic Developers’ Association. The program emphasizes essential elements necessary to be competitive in today’s global economy and educates supporters of economic development on emerging trends in community and economic development.