Upper Savannah To Study Regional Educational Needs


The first step in a journey is often picking a destination. The Upper Savannah Workforce Development Board is preparing to make strategic choices to support regional economic development.


The Board received a $95,000 grant from the S.C. Department of Commerce to identify growing business sectors and project the types of occupations that will be needed for those targeted business sectors to thrive.


Upper Savannah Council of Governments will work with economic developers in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties to procure a research firm to conduct the study. The study will focus on the Upper Savannah region, but will include adjacent regions as well. The study will build upon state initiatives such as Pathways to Prosperity and New Carolina.


“The Upper Savannah Workforce Development Board and staff are excited that the cluster study was funded through the SC Department of Commerce,” Upper Savannah Workforce Development Administrator Sandra Johnson said. “The study will identify 8 to 10 business clusters that the workforce system will concentrate on during the coming years.”