Carter Smith honored as Upstate Economic Developer of Year

Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Carter Smith, executive vice president at Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce was chosen by his peers as this year’s “Upstate Economic Developer of the Year.”

The award, recognizing the work and dedication of local developers in the Upstate who have made a significant difference in their community, was announced at the Upstate SC Alliance’s mid-year meeting Wednesday.

“Carter defines excellence in economic development,” said Upstate SC Alliance president/CEO John Lummus. “He has played a leading role in building the Upstate’s global competitiveness. This region is very fortunate to have benefitted from his wisdom, guidance and professionalism for the past 23 years.”

“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers this way. I’m just one member of a great team that gets these deals done,” Smith said.

Smith has worked on some of the largest and most celebrated economic development projects in South Carolina history including BMW, Adidas and Toray. “We have had strong, focused, consistent leadership from the public and private sectors. There has always been a high priority placed on supporting the needs of business — existing and new, large and small.”




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