Chester County economic development director honored

Karlisa Parker, director of Chester County Economic Development, was recently honored with the “Local Developer Award” from the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.
Karlisa Parker, director of Chester County Economic Development, was recently honored with the “Local Developer Award” from the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.

Karlisa Parker, the economic development director for Chester County, has been honored by her peers.

The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association gave Parker its “Local Developer Award” at a recent convention in Myrtle Beach.

The award is given for innovative programs, accomplishments, overcoming obstacles, and the impact of economic developments on a community.

Parker successfully recruited one of the region’s largest economic development projects last year, Giti Tire which is building a new plant in Richburg.

Parker, however, said the award represents a body of work and not just one project.

She also said it represents the hard work she and her team have accomplished over the last 10 years.

In 2004 the mills closed in Chester County. Four years later the national economy faltered.

Instead of being overwhelmed, the Chester County economic development team “came out fighting,” Parker said. The team concentrated product development and out-of-the-box thinking, she said.

Parker is the second woman to win the award since it was created in 2005.

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. Springs Creative of Rock Hill played a role Friday in setting a Guinness World Record for the most beds made at one location.

Springs Creative donated the throw blankets used to made 70 beds in about 15 minutes. Each bed was made by a team of four. In all, 256 people participated in the world record.

The event, sponsored by Serta Simmons Bedding, was to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research through the Seena Magowitz Foundation.

Simmons and Serta each donated 35 twin-sized mattresses, foundations and bed frames for the event. DreamFit of Vinemont, Ala. donated sheets, pillow cases, pillows, duvet covers and inserts.

The event took place at the Furniture Today Bedding Conference in Championsgate, Fla.

▪  Lennar officially opened is 1,142-home development “Waterside at the Catawba” on Saturday.

The Fort Mill development off Mackenzie Falls Drive has homes in the $200,000 to $380,000 price range in various sizes.

The variety of ranch and three-story floor plans feature multiple bathrooms and bedrooms. Some of the homes are move-in ready.

As part of its opening ceremony, Lennar donated $2,250 to local schools and a nonprofit organization. Representatives from Doby’s Bridge Elementary School, Banks Trail Middle School and the Humane Society of York County competed in a dunking booth for cash prizes.

For information on Waterside at Catawba go to or call 866-483-1788.

▪ Three employees at Family Trust Federal Credit Union were recently promoted to assistant vice president.

Kim Gillette, assistant vice president of mortgage production, has worked for Family Trust since 2010. She has a degree in corporate finance from the University of South Carolina.

Amanda Taylor, assistant vice president of mortgage closing and servicing, has worked for Family Trust since 2007. She has a degree in marking and management from the University of South Carolina.

Holly Watford, assistant vice president of financial recovery and claims management, has worked for Family Trust since 2009. She has a degree in business administration from Winthrop University.

▪ Jason Flora, project manager, and Teresa Curtice, existing industry coordinator of the York County Economic Development office, were recently awarded professional development scholarships from the Friends Underwriting Economic Development.

Flora was also awarded a scholarship through the South Carolina Economic Development Association to attend the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

▪ LPL Financial, which will be relocating to new offices in Fort Mill from Charlotte, has named David Wright as its new executive vice president, chief technology officer. Wright will lead LPL’s efforts to develop and deploy new technology solutions for the company.

▪ 3D Systems of Rock Hill will present its lineup of printers as well as desktop design and scan solutions at the RAPID 2015 Conference and Exposition starting Monday in Long Beach, Calif. This year’s conference will feature a workshop titled “regulatory and quality systems considerations for 3D printed medical devices.”

▪ Schaeffler of Fort Mill will demonstrate a variety of products at the 2015 American Wind Energy Association “Windpower” Conference starting Monday in Orlando, Fla. The company will feature a new asymmetric bearing for main shaft bearing in wind turbines as well as a new diagnostic tool for analyzing the performance of wind turbine components.

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