Dorchester County Economic Development Honored in Regional Awards Competition

Summerville, South Carolina

September 6, 2011 - Dorchester County Economic Development was recently honored for two entries submitted in the Southern Economic Development Council's (SEDC) 2011 Communication Awards competition. The winners were officially announced and posted for display during the organization's annual conference held August 14-17, 2011, in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Striving to recognize excellence in southern economic development agencies, SEDC presents an awards competition each year honoring those organizations with the best programs and marketing materials, including such categories as advertisements, brochures, reports, special events, branding packages, and web sites. To be considered for the 2011 competition, qualifying entries included only those projects developed between June 2010 and June 2011.

With an overwhelming 120 submissions to be judged, Dorchester County submitted entries for the Magazines and Special Events categories. Featured in the Summer 2011 issue of SCBiz magazine, the first entry was submitted for an editorial highlighting Dorchester County's unique economic development story through the effective use of creative writing and eye-catching design. The second entry showcased the 2011 Industry Tour of the Robert Bosch and Coastal Corrugated manufacturing plants to update local and state officials on the health of the County's existing industries. 

The winning entries were classified by small, medium, and large divisions, and were awarded either Best of Class, Superior, Excellent, or Merit. As a first-time winner of the prestigious SEDC Communication Awards, and one of 50% to gain recognition, Dorchester County received the Award of Merit in the medium division for both entries.

"We're honored to receive these awards, and to know that our Economic Development efforts have been acknowledged by the SEDC," said Larry Hargett, Dorchester County Council Chairman. "This recognition is further proof that Dorchester County is bringing innovation and creativity to the table to effectively market the region for new business."

"This year's annual Communications Awards competition was another exciting one, as the economic development organizations in our region continue to improve their communication methods to reach new business decision makers," said SEDC President Gene Stinson. "The entries submitted by Dorchester County Economic Development were recognized by the judges as quality entries to garner their awards."

As the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, SEDC boasts numerous members in 17 states from across the Southeast, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

"Being selected to represent communications materials, advertising, and marketing initiatives that stand out across our industry is a real honor, and is a motivator to strive for continued excellence," said George Tupper, Chairman of the Dorchester County Economic Development Board.

About Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) is comprised of over 850 members representing a broad spectrum of active and influential economic developers from business and industry; utilities; transportation; financial and education institutions; chambers of commerce; and local, regional, and state development agencies. The SEDC region consists of members that support a common interest to promote and enhance the economic development profession. For more information about SEDC, please visit