Womble Carlyle’s South Carolina Economic Development Summit brought together industry executives, government leaders, Womble Carlyle attorneys and numerous other stakeholders for a day-long session focused on the Palmetto State’s economic development sector.

More than 130 people attended, including representatives of the South Carolina Department of Commerce; the state’s Governor’s, Lt. Governor’s and Attorney General’s offices; and the S.C. Department of Revenue, as well as representatives from numerous South Carolina counties. The summit took place July 21st in Charleston.

Lena Vennström, Volvo Car Group’s Finance Director for Purchasing & Manufacturing—Americas, served as keynote speaker for the summit. She spoke on “One Behind-the-Scenes Story of Volvo Cars’ Decision to Pick South Carolina.”

Other presentations included:

  • “Threshold Legal Considerations in the Expansion of Foreign Businesses in the US,” Womble Carlyle attorney  Randy Hanson;
  • “Choosing Charleston,” Jon Olson, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Blackbaud;
  • “Buying vs. Leasing: How Decisions are Made,” David Cuda, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Solutions at Colliers International South Carolina;
  • “Why We’re All So Busy – A National and Local Market Overview,” Lee Allen, Executive Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle;
  • “Economic Development Q&A Session, Womble Carlyle attorneys John Hunter and Stephanie Yarbrough;
  • “South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development,” Cyndy Turnipseed, South Carolina Department of Commerce;
  • “South Carolina Power Team,” James Chavez, President and CEO of the South Carolina Power Team;
  • “Environmental Considerations,” Womble Carlyle attorneys Brad De Vore and Todd Billmire;
  • “Incentives? What Really Matters,” Didi Caldwell, Senior Principal at Global Location Strategies.