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Gilbert earns advanced S.C. certification as economic developer

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Jamie Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, has received the S.C. Certified Economic Developer designation.
The certification program, offered through the S.C. Economic Developers Association, is an advanced level of course work for those with at least four years of economic-development experience and have additional education prerequisites.
The program, known as SCEDA’s Advanced Symposium, focuses on  negotiations, leadership branding, product and infrastructure development, marketing, communications, and deal structuring. The focus areas are presented in four sessions, two days each. Candidates are administered exams, as well as a final project and presentation to the SCCED review committee.
“I am extremely proud of Jamie for this accomplishment,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. “Even though he is already one of the leaders in his field, he is always striving to improve his knowledge and expertise.
“This certification is just more proof that Jamie excels in his chosen profession, which has yielded phenomenal results for Lancaster County and our citizens.”
Gilbert said the course work was challenging, “especially the final project. It has helped me develop new insights and skills…. They say an old dog can’t learn new tricks, but the program has made me a better economic developer, director and leader.”
In May, Consultant Connect named Gilbert one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers for 2019.
In June, he was awarded an Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma through the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program.
Gilbert has been the county’s economic development director since July 2016 and is a 28-year economic development veteran.