Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) announced that he will host a Seventh District Economic Development Resource Forum Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Florence, South Carolina. 

The purpose of the forum is to explore ways local businesses and entrepreneurs in the Seventh Congressional District can work together to create more jobs, attract new business, and excel economic growth in the region.  The forum is open to economic developers, county administrators, county council chairmen (or council representatives), and members of the media. 

“As we strive to lead the state in economic development, it is important for us to come together to share best practices and discuss ways we can make our respective communities more competitive,” said Congressman Rice.  “We put together this forum to provide our county administrators, community representatives, and developers the insights they need to attract new business, create jobs, and spur economic growth in our area.”

Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07), University of South Carolina’s Office of Economic Engagement Executive Director Bill Kirkland, and Palmetto College Chancellor Dr. Susan Elkins will deliver remarks and USC’s  Office of Economic Engagement Team will hold two emphasis area seminars.    

WHAT:    Seventh District Economic Development Resource Forum

WHEN:    Thursday, September 5, 2013

                   10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

WHERE:   Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology

                   1951 Pisgah Road

                   Florence, SC 29502

Congressman Rice will be available for a brief media availability immediately following his opening remarks.  For more information please contact Caroline Vanvick, 202-225-9895.