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Economic Development

Libby Lear

Libby Lear, Director

700 West Blvd.

P.O. Box 192

Chesterfield, SC 29709

Phone: 843-623-6500

Email: llear@chesterfieldcountysc.com

Public Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

About CCED:

The Chesterfield County Economic Development (CCED) was established in 1987 to foster and promote economic development in Chesterfield County.

CCED's primary goal is to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the county by increasing capital investment and creating new jobs. CCED provides site selection assistance, incentive negotiations, and serves as a liaison for regulatory issues for new and existing business and industry. CCED is responsible for the marketing and promotion of Chesterfield County as a great place to work and live. Additionally, the agency coordinates strategic planning/target industry studies, development of industrial sites and parks, speculative buildings and infrastructure, workforce training and development, demographic information management and providing support of tourism and downtown development as needed. CCED is comprised of 3 staff members including Libby Lear, Director, an Existing Industry/Program Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant/ Grants Coordinator. CCED stands ready to work with you in assessing your needs and to provide solutions that help you succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who may I contact for information about Chesterfield County Economic Development?

You can contact Libby Lear or her Administrative Assistant at 843-623-6500. Learn more at: chesterfieldcountysc.org

Why choose Chesterfield County for my business location?

Chesterfield County is an excellent location for your business because:

  • Adjacent to the Charlotte metro area

  • Centrally located with excellent access to Interstate 77, Interstate 20, Interstate 95, and Interstate 485

  • Less than 2 hours to the Port of Charleston and the Port of Wilmington, 1 hour from SC Inland Port Dillon

  • Within 1 hour of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  • Quality industrial parks, sites & buildings

  • Access to low cost utility infrastructure and construction cost

  • Large pool of skilled available labor

  • WATER….you need it-we have it! Chesterfield County is located on the rechargeable area of the Middendorf Aquifer - unaffected by recent drought

  • Pro-business state and local governments

What is the application process for permitting?

SC Department of Health & Environmental Control is in charge of all permitting in South Carolina. This link provides guidelines for various permitting issues. SC Department of Health & Environmental Control

Are there grants and incentives available for businesses?

Chesterfield County and the SC Department of Commerce offer a very competitive environment in which businesses can locate and prosper. This link provides a brief overview of state and local incentives. SC Department of Commerce

Please contact the Chesterfield County Economic Development office for more information.

Who can assist me with developing a business plan?

Contact the local Small Business Development Center in Florence, SC at

843-661-8256

What financing options are available?

The following are information sources for financing your business in Chesterfield County:

  • SBA 504 Program&(with excellent decision turn-around)

  • State lending programs and contact

  • Venture Capital Information

Local Banks:

First Citizens: Cheraw, Chesterfield, & Pageland

First Bank: Cheraw

Carolina Bank & Trust: Cheraw & Chesterfield

First Palmetto: Pageland

Founders Credit Union: Cheraw, Chesterfield & Pageland

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