2018 Economic Developers Conference

The 2018 Economic Developers Conference, sponsored by the S.C. Bankers Association, will cover exciting new resources and techniques related to S.C. economic development. The program includes presentations from our state’s key economic development agencies as well as other recent developments. The business session will feature speakers from the banking industry, South Carolina-based companies and the economic development community. This conference will address the economy, economic development, banking’s role in economic development and S.C.’s business climate. Of special note is that at the conclusion of the conference there will be an optional tour of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  Members of the S.C. Economic Developers Association are invited to attend at the SCBA member fee.


9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration -Coffee and Pastries

9:30 a.m. Business Session Opening Remarks
Nathaniel A. Barber, Chairman, SCBA Economic Developers Committee & Senior Vice President , Director,  CRA/Community Development Officer, South State Bank, Columbia, SC

9:35 a.m. SCBA Welcome and Remarks
Fred L. Green, III, President & CEO, South Carolina Bankers Association, Columbia, SC 

9:40 a.m. Remarks from SCEDA
Brian Nash,  President, South Carolina Economic Developers Association and Senior Vice President, Marlboro Development Team, Inc., Spartanburg, SC

9:45 a.m. Update from the South Carolina Department of Commerce
Benjamin D. Johnson, Director, Research Division, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Columbia, SC

10:15 a.m. Networking Break – Much appreciation to our break sponsor, First Citizens!!

10:30 a.m. Continental Tire: Why South Carolina?
Tim Rogers, Chief Financial Officer, Continental Tire, Sumter, SC

11:15 a.m. South Carolina and National Economic Update

Noon Luncheon – Much appreciation to our luncheon sponsor, South State Bank!!  

12:45 p.m. Update from the South  Carolina Department of Transportation
Robert D. Robbins,  Esquire, DOT Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Transportation and Robert D. Robbins, Attorney at Law LLC, Summerville, SC

1:15 p.m. Outlook for Commercial Real Estate: The Upstate, Midlands, Lowcountry and the Coast
Representatives from NAI Earle Furman will discuss the latest trends and the outlook for commercial real estate properties for the Upstate, Midlands, and Coastal areas. Time will be re served at the end of the presentation for a question- and-answer session. 

2:30 p.m. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner,  Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, West Columbia, SC

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks and adjournment 

Following the business session there is  an optional tour of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation.


First Citizens BankSouth State Bank


This conference has been developed for financial institution chief executives, business development officers, lenders, associate members and members of South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association. Bringing together SCBA and SCEDA members for this informative session will provide both with exceptional educational and networking opportunities. The SCBA has a commitment to economic development and we encourage SCBA and SCEDA members to take advantage of this opportunity by registering for this conference. I look forward to seeing each of you there!

Nathaniel “Nate” A. Barber, Chairman, SCBA Economic Developers Committee & Senior Vice President, Director, CRA/Community Development Officer, South State Bank, Columbia


Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s 408,000-square-foot facility is located at 4500 12th Street Extension in West Columbia. If you’re coming from Charleston, take Exit 119 off Interstate 26, south of Columbia, onto Old Pine Plain Road, which leads to 12th St. Extension. If you’re coming from the north, east or west, or from Columbia, make your way to I-77 then take Exit 2, south of Columbia, and head south onto 12th St. Extension.

Date of Event:
Wed., March 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Business Session

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
4500 12th Street Extension
West Columbia, SC

SCEDA  and CPE Credit Available

Contact Anne Gillespie,

$280/members (of SCBA and SCEDA)

Luncheon included.

Limited to 70 registrants!

Registration Deadline:
March 16

Refund Deadline:
March 19th @ noon