Veteran economic development consultant Mike Eades is taking charge of Lexington County’s effort to attract companies that bring in jobs.
Eades, 64, returns to the Midlands after a seven-year stint in a similar role in Louisiana.
His 39-year career includes work in South Carolina with a number of business groups and state commerce officials for nearly two decades through the mid-1990s.
“He know businesss, he has contacts,” County Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat of Irmo said. “That’s what we were looking for, somebody who knows the culture.”
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One of Eades’ primary assignments will be encouraging firms to settle in areas earmarked by county leaders for technology companies in Chapin and for industry near Cayce and Batesburg-Leesville.
He replaces Chuck Whipple, who recently took a job with Midlands Technical College.
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