CHARLESTON, SC—South Carolina, and the Charleston area in particular, have enjoyed a number of major successes in the economic development arena in recent years. But what does the Charleston region need to do in order to remain competitive in an economy that is becoming increasingly global in scope?

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Stephanie Yarbrough took part in a panel discussion on “Policy Impacts on Global Competitiveness: Perspectives from the Field.” The discussion was organized by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) and took place during the CRDA’s Quarterly Investor Briefing on May 9.

The panelists discussed the role of public policy in economic development, including the latest legislation in the South Carolina Legislature. Specific topics include tax reform, energy policy, state Job Development Credits, infrastructure, investment incentives, and housing.

Yarbrough, the Chair of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA) Legislative Committee, was joined in the discussion by South Carolina State Senator Sean Bennett (who represents District 38), Dorchester County Director of Economic Development John Truluck, and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government Relations Ian Scott, Sr.

Stephanie Yarbrough has played a role in many of South Carolina’s largest economic development deals of the past 20 years. She works closely with companies seeking to expand or relocate operations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. Her efforts on behalf of clients have led to the creation of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments. When the New York Times profiled Charleston’s economic boom in 2017, Yarbrough was one of the local leaders the Times turned to for insight.

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