Commerce Department conducts rural summit in Clemson.

The S.C. Department of Commerce concluded a three-day South Carolina Rural Summit today at Clemson after mooting opportunity zones, broadband and rural education.

The annual summit has attracted leaders in rural development and planning across the state for the last 30 years. The Commerce Department estimates that 120 attended this year.

"The Rural Summit provides a unique opportunity for leaders from across the state to share best practices and learn more about resources available to communities, leadership development, rural education and planning for the future all with one goal in mind to advance the efforts and promote economic activity within our state's rural communities," Alex Clark, communications director at the S.C. Department of Commerce said.

Visiting speakers included Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, Hartsville City Manager Natalie Zeigler, Barnwell Mayor Marcus Rivera and...

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