Enhancing Economic Opportunities for Darlington County
The Darlington County Economic Development Partnership (DCEDP) was established to further strengthen the economy of Darlington County by developing existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the area.
To accomplish these objectives, the Partnership actively engages in industrial development, community involvement and public relations. The most visible work the Partnership conducts is the recruitment of industry to increase investment and create jobs within the county.
What makes DCEDP different?
Acting truly as a partnership rather than as a board, DCEDP works with state and federal agencies by securing available grants and other financial assistance for new and existing industries. In addition, DCECDP
- Works with industrial prospects to determine their needs, such as land or building requirements
- Assists new industries in hiring their new workforce
- Assists local existing industries with expansions, on-the-job training, and finding state or federal funding
While economic development is normally limited to bringing new industries to the county, the Partnership also strives to help our existing industries grow and be successful.
Meet the Staff
Frank Willis has been the Executive Director of the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership since 2012. He previously served as the mayor of the city of Florence from 1995-2008 and also owned a construction business, Willis Construction Company, which was started by his father many years ago. Frank has served on numerous boards, including the Northeast Strategic Alliance (NESA) and the Florence County Economic Development Authority. He and his wife, Marguerite, reside in Florence with their two Labrador retrievers.
Monica Perry came to South Carolina from Kentucky, where she had an extensive career in agribusiness. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in agriculture and has worked in agribusiness-related insurance, retail, and other management roles. Monica grew up in Ohio on a livestock and row crop farm. She currently lives in Florence with her husband and son.
The Darlington County Economic Development Partnership…worked with us from site selection all the way to project completion to make the process nearly painless.--Birdsong
The North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) is a regional economic development organization that serves a nine-county region in the northeast corner of South Carolina; these counties include Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg.
The Darlington County Economic Development Partnership works closely with NESA to significantly enhance the quality of life for residents of the region by creating additional jobs and capital investment within the existing industry base, recruiting new companies, and expanding tourism-related development.