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COLUMBIA - First Palmetto Vice-President and City Executive G.G. Cutter was named one of 46 2016 Ambassadors for Economic Development last week during the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Week sponsored by the state Department of Commerce.
Cutter was nominated by the Clarendon County Development Board, on which he has served since 2001. He served a two-year term as chairman and is currently serving as a continuing board member and also with the Executive Committee.
"The Ambassador Award is a special recognition for the exceptional contributions G.G. made to Clarendon County's and South Carolina's economic development efforts," said Clarendon County Development Board Executive Director George Kosinski in a release.
A ceremony recognizing Cutter and 45 other individuals was held April 28 at the Governor's Mansion complex in Columbia.
"In South Carolina, growing our state's economy and creating jobs truly is a team effort, and the individuals recognized as ambassadors at last week's ceremony are proof of that," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "These local business leaders from all corners of our state are what really make South Carolina such a special place to live, work and play."
Each year, the Department of Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina's economy during the state's Industry Appreciation Week. As part of the celebration, the state recognizes individuals throughout South Carolina as Ambassadors for Economic Development. These individuals include local leaders from the private sector, representing a variety of businesses committed to advancing their communities.
"Businesses don't locate to a state or a region; they locate to a community," said state Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "So, it's important to recognize the local leaders in communities all across this state that help move South Carolina and its communities forward."