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Commerce Introduces Regional Workforce Advisors

The South Carolina Department of Commerce today introduced the South Carolina Regional Workforce Advisors, a group of education and business leaders across the state who will make up the workforce division of the Department of Commerce. 

Each representing one of 12 regions, the Regional Workforce Advisors will serve as Commerce's resource for workforce development throughout the state. By building bridges between educators, students and industries, the Regional Workforce Advisors will help identify workforce needs that will be critical to building a labor pipeline that industries need. At the same time, the Advisors will help students and adults who want a job identify areas of training to pursue for available jobs in their communities.

"As part of our economic development efforts, Commerce is committed to supporting a workforce of the future," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "While business recruitment and support remain our focus, we know that a strong workforce is critical both in attracting business investment as well as in facilitating an environment for existing business to grow.

"World-class companies continue to attract to our borders and that is not by mistake. South Carolina already has one of the finest workforces in the nation - our people are our greatest asset. We are pleased to announce this group as a Commerce resource that will be critical to continuing this tradition that has led to our state's unprecedented economic development progress."

Regional Workforce Advisors

Santee-Lynches: Brenda Goldman

Upstate: Cherie Pressley

Pee Dee: Cheryl Lewis             

Upper Savannah: Dr. Cynthia Pitts

Waccamaw: Eileen Patonay

Greenville: Jay Blankenship

Lower Savannah: Joni McDaniel

Midlands: Kaye Shaw

Lowcountry: Kim Statler

Catawba: Lisa Robbins

Trident: Patricia Ferguson

Pendleton: Rick Murphy


To learn more about the Regional Workforce Advisors, and to view a map of the regions, please visit

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