Meet The Team

What We Do

As a public and private not-for-profit alliance, we’re on a mission to cultivate and nurture the prosperity of Central South Carolina. We recruit capital investment and help businesses create jobs. Together – with a growing network of industries, talent, and communities – we’re advancing and improving our Region’s economy.

Staff Listings

Nelson Lindsay Central SC Alliance President and CEO

Nelson Lindsay

President & CEO
LinkedIn

"The best thing about the Central SC Region is the diversity of lifestyles that it has to offer. From downtown urban living to small towns to lake living and even horse farms, our Region has it all. No matter your interest, you will be welcomed as family."

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Tracy McMillin

Vice President, Economic Development & Operations
LinkedIn

“I love living in such a friendly place that provides endless opportunities for individuals and families looking for an easy affordable lifestyle. There’s an abundance of sunshine filled days and no shortage of beautiful landscapes to explore.”

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David King

Vice President, Global Business Recruitment
LinkedIn

“My favorite thing about living in Central SC is the friendliness of the people. It’s a place where it’s easy to transition into the community and feel welcomed.”

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Stephen Roddey

Director of Business Development
Linkedin

“I love how the area offers big-time opportunities and amenities, yet it still encourages personal relationships and family bonds.”

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Kate Bugby

Director of Research
LinkedIn

“Relocating from the Northeast, my favorite part of the Central SC Region is its warmth - both in its people and its climate. From 70 degree days in February to never meeting a stranger, this is a close-knit and vibrant community with great parks and hiking, river access, good food, and an ever growing craft beer scene. This damn Yankee can’t imagine ever leaving!”

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Carrie Turner

Director of Marketing
LinkedIn

“This Region is full of so many opportunities to grow, whether that’s professionally, intellectually or experientially. I may be a little biased, as this is my home town, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

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Sandra Wallace

Director, Central SC Committee of 100
LinkedIn

“Central SC is a great place to network and build lasting relationships with business professionals for a stronger community. After a day of networking, I enjoy relaxing at the Jewel of South Carolina - Lake Murray - in my backyard.”

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Noelle Jacobs

Office Manager & Support Specialist


“Living in the Central SC Region gives me the best of both worlds. Not only can I relax in the natural beauty and enjoy historic features in each of our communities, but there are always new and unique restaurants and venues coming online for when I’m looking for a faster pace.”

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Contact us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have. Our team is ready and happy to help!

Meet The Members

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John McLauchlin

Administrator & Director of Economic Development


“Calhoun County is an ideal place for those who appreciate quiet and friendly communities with all the extra amenities within a stone’s throw. The big city isn't far away, as Columbia and Charleston are easily within driving distance.”

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Ryan Coleman

Director
LinkedIn

“I love the fact that there’s always something to do in the Columbia area. The weather is great year round and there are plenty of activities and social offerings such as festivals, outdoor activities, sports, and widespread access to rivers, lakes, and parks. The restaurant scene has been steadily improving over the past few years, and the weekly Soda City Market on Main Street always brings people into downtown. We’ve got all the arts, culture, and recreation anyone could ask for.”

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George Kosinksi

Executive Director
LinkedIn

“Clarendon County is a recreational paradise. The Central SC Region encompasses the heart of the Carolinas, the possibilities are endless.”

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Zechariah Willoughby Fairfield County Project Manager

Zechariah Willoughby

Project Manager
LinkedIn

“I've called the Central SC Region home for my entire life. It's allowed me professional and personal opportunities that I’ve never thought possible. From world-class higher education institutions to old-fashioned diners, we have it all. I love being able to go from the halls of the State House in Columbia to the seemingly endless fields in Fairfield County, all in under 45 minutes! The Central SC Region is truly the best of both worlds.”

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Jeff Burgess

Director
LinkedIn

“My favorite thing about our community and Central SC is the people you meet here become your family. It has a sense of place with its rich history and offers a variety of lifestyles and opportunities.”

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Sarah Johnson

Director of Economic Development
LinkedIn

“Growing up in Central SC, specifically Lexington County, I take great pride in the opportunity to promote our business friendly community as the ideal place for a company to locate and/or expand. Working together with our partners, such as Central SC Alliance, our team has strategically positioned ourselves to be the conduit with which leaders can utilize when seeking assistance with business resources, workforce needs and building relationships.”

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Rick Farmer

Director
LinkedIn

“I was born in the Central SC Region and have spent most of my life here. It’s one of the greatest places on the face of the earth to make a living and raise a family. Simply put, this is home.”

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Gregg Robinson

Director
LinkedIn

“The best part of Orangeburg County and Central SC is the people. Loyal, hardworking, polite and willing to offer a helping hand when needed. Although we’re growing and changing, we still have the “Town and County” feeling of knowing and caring about your neighbor. Individuals wave in the neighborhood and truly care about your family. Southern hospitality is truly alive in Central SC and especially in Orangeburg County.”

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Jeff Ruble

Director
LinkedIn

“People are discovering that Columbia, South Carolina, has transitioned from a sleepy Southern city to an emerging tech-heavy hub with a vibrant university culture.”

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Featured News & Stories

Browse our latest news and read about our ambassadors to see what life is really like in Central SC.