Economic Development

SouthernCarolina Alliance is the regional non-profit economic development organization representing Barnwell County, as well as 6 other

counties including Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

SouthernCarolina Alliance’s mission is to sustain and create jobs, through ideals of cooperation and regionalism, that will improve the quality of life in the seven counties of our region. They accomplish this mission through Marketing, Product Development, Community Development and Workforce Development.

Since its first year of operation in 1996, the Alliance has played an increasingly strong leadership told at the local, state and federal levels.

SouthernCarolina Alliance markets multi-county industrial parks, industrial buildings, and sites encompassing over 14,000 acres of industrial property for development. With a primary focus of marketing our region both nationally and internationally, SCA operates with a professional staff specializing in marketing, industrial recruitment, commercial recruitment, product development, grant administration and project management.

SCA assists existing industries with expansions and new industries with start-ups, serving as a liaison to state government, including the SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Revenue, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other agencies involved in licensing, permitting and labor issues.

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Whether you’re a hunter, fisherman, athletic enthusiast, boater, or just love nature, Barnwell County may be just the place for you.

The county features prevalent rural settings brimming with deer, ducks, turkeys and many other species. Fishing is as close as a short walk for most residents. There are many choices from the popular Lake Edgar Brown and many small creeks to the beautiful Savannah River and the Edisto River the longest black water river in the world.

History buffs will find over 200 years of history in our museums, a genealogy in the Barnwell County Library that people from across the United States search for ancestry, and local historical sites. Barnwell is located in the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

The Sundial 

The Sundial is a unique vertical monument placed in front of the courthouse of Barnwell County. It was given to Barnwell in 1858 by Joseph D. Allen, at the time a state senator from Barnwell. It is thought to be the only free- standing , vertical sundial in the country. The Sundial keeps almost perfect standard time, although standard time was not set up until 1884.

Barnwell State Park

Located near Blackville on Highway 3 the park offers nature trails, picnic areas, swimming area, fishing , boat rentals, cabins, campgrounds and playgrounds. There is a community building to rent for parties, weddings and other events.

Healing Springs

Healing Springs is located north of Blackville on SC 3. It is the site of a natural spring that boast of curative powers of the water. It is said the Native Americans brought wounded Revolutionary War soldiers to the springs who were left to die. They survived and walked back to Charleston. In 1944 L.P. Boylston made a legal footnote when he deeded the one acre of land to God where the spring is located. A Mennonite community has grown up around this area.

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The Southern Carolina Regional Chamber is dedicated to serving each member of the community. We are committed to helping the

business community as well as the county prosper and grow.  We are a needs oriented organization and show genuine concern for businesses and people. We seek to both discover and work toward the common good of the county.
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