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by | July 22, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: July 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Training on rural economy led by trio from Richmond, Va.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond teamed up with The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development on July 13 to host a community development training session at the meeting room of the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market.
The session, “Engaging Strategic Partners in Community Development,” had a trio of trainers making the four-hour trip to Walterboro from their home base in the Southeast Georgia United Empowerment Zone, Inc.
Jeanne Milliken Bonds, the community development regional team leader for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, faced a longer travel time (from Virginia) to participate in the training session which had governmental leaders and development stakeholders on the local, state and national level to discuss community development and improved economies in rural communities.
She told the audience that the Federal Reserve Bank’s community and economic development initiative was aimed at “helping the economy grow.”
D. Lowell Atkinson, program director for the South Carolina Associations for Community Economic Development, traveled from his office in Charleston to join the discussion. The association’s goal, he explained, was to assist South Carolina’s rural communities climb out of decades of poverty.
The last of the presenters just had to walk from one side of the Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market. Colleton Commercial Kitchen Manager Matt Mardell spent time in front of the gathering discussing the birth and early growth of the food service incubator.
At the end of Mardell’s presentation, hands shot up — the questioners interested in the concept, its success and what the future held for the corner of Wichman and East Washington.

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