Community Development

Community means working together for the good of all. The Community Development Division places an emphasis on assisting local leaders in the development of industrial sites, enhancing available industrial buildings, leadership development, downtown revitalization, infrastructure improvement and strategic planning.

Economic Development Training

SC Commerce is committed to facilitating ongoing professional development for the state's economic development community.

Through highly-interactive curriculum, participants are able to obtain greater "hands-on" economic development learning experience via several educational programs. These programs, including the Economic Development Institute, the Advanced Symposium and the annual Rural Summit, are designed to arm participants with innovative development approaches for implementation in local communities. S.C. Commerce also offers a variety of on-boarding programs for state and local economic development leaders.

Community Enhancement Programs 

There are a variety of programs available in South Carolina that are geared toward improving communities.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides grants to eligible local governments (towns, cities and counties) that do not directly receive CDBG funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) was created to help communities with financing for qualified infrastructure projects. 

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government.