Executive Director of Orangeburg County Development Commission to speak at SC State

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

G RobinsonSC State will host executive speaker Gregory Robinson, executive director of Orangeburg County Development Commission in Orangeburg, S.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium.

Robinson’s topic will be: "The Private Sector and Government's Role in Creating Global Economic Opportunities."

Robinson has served as the executive director of Orangeburg County Development Commission since 2005. Under his direction, Orangeburg County has publicly announced over $650 million in new capital investments and over 850 new jobs to the community in four years.

During his tenure, a number of new companies have located to the area, including Newpoint Gas Manufacturing Company, Mars Pet Care, Martin Marietta, Inc., Sims Bark Company, Monteferro America and Ecka Granule’s North American headquarters, to name a few.

The Commission has expanded its inventory to include seven industrial parks that are privately or publically owned throughout the county with well over 3,000 acres either owned or controlled through options. Additionally, the Global Logistics Triangle brand has become synonymous with logistics and distribution throughout the southeast.

Robinson has over 15 years of experience in management, public relations, sales, marketing and business development. Prior to his current position, he served as a global project manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He was directly responsible for successfully recruiting and publicly announcing the location of 45 companies totaling $475 million in capital investments, creating over 4,500 new jobs in six years.

In 2003, Robinson was recognized for publicly announcing two of the top five projects in the state of South Carolina. In 2004, Southern Business & Development listed two of his projects in the Top 100 Publicly Announced Projects in the South. In 2005, he was recognized as Project Manager of the Year at the Governor’s Rural Summit.

Robinson is a native of South Carolina. He currently sits on numerous advisory and civic boards and is a member of many development organizations. He is a South Carolina Certified Economic Developer (SCCED). He received his bachelor and master degrees in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina (USC).