SCEDA Midyear Meeting to Feature Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster & Challenger Rep. James Smith

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—As an economic development leader and the former Director of Economic Development for the City of Charleston, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Stephanie Yarbrough is known, respected and trusted by elected officials and government decision-makers throughout the Palmetto State.

So it should be no surprise that Yarbrough has been asked to moderate the 2018 South Carolina Gubernatorial Forum, featuring incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and S.C. Rep. James Smith (D).

The forum takes place Oct. 12 as part of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Midyear Meeting at the Spartanburg Marriott. The forum is scheduled to begin at 9:55 a.m. and run through 11:15 a.m.

“Electing a governor is one of the most important decisions an electorate can make, and it is an honor to be selected to moderate the South Carolina Gubernatorial Forum,” Yarbrough said. “I look forward to presenting both candidates with fair and challenging questions that get to heart of the issues most important to South Carolina voters, particularly those impacting jobs and the economy. SCEDA is such an important organization, and the questions for the forum will be generated by our membership. We are thrilled to have this very important forum as a part of our Midyear meeting.”

The SCEDA Midyear Meeting also will include a discussion on “Tariffs: How Are They Affecting Our Economy?” by Clemson University Professor Bruce Yandle and an “Economic Development Case Study: Dollar Tree Distribution Center,” presented by Carter Smith of the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group and Jim Cook of the Cherokee County Economic Development Board.

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.