About Laurens County Development Corporation’s Economic Development Strategic Plan

The Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC) is creating an economic development strategic plan for the County and organization. The strategy will create a unified vision for economic development for Laurens County and will assist the LCDC in optimizing its economic development efforts. The goals of the strategic planning process are to continue the economic momentum that has been building in Laurens County, to identify target industry clusters that are best suited for the county’s assets, and to provide the LCDC guidance in increasing prosperity for all its residents.
The strategic planning process will include the following steps:

  • Assemble a diverse group of stakeholders to provide input during the strategic planning process. This will include gathering a group of 20-30 members of the community to form a Steering Committee, seeking community input through an online survey, and conducting interviews and focus groups.
  • Develop a competitive assessment of the community utilizing qualitative data from the stakeholder input and quantitative data from the economic and demographic scan. This assessment will also include a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis.
  • Conduct a target cluster evaluation that determines the types of industries which have the best potential to thrive in Laurens County and provide residents with career opportunities.
  • Create an economic development strategy that provides thoughtful and creative recommendations for topics such as business climate, talent, image and marketing, and more. The Strategy will include an implementation plan and performance metrics to track LCDC’s economic success over the next several years.

LCDC’s strategic planning process began in October 2019 and is scheduled for completion in April 2020. 

News & Reports

Here you'll find more information about media coverage of the strategic planning process and reports written by the consulting team. We encourage you to download and read our reports and other documentation, and share this information with friends, family, and colleagues. This section will be updated with more information throughout the strategic planning process. 

Community Survey

The community survey is your opportunity to provide input into Laurens County’s economic development priorities. The deadline to complete this 15-minutes survey is November 15.

Survey Link: 


Jennifer Vernon, Senior Consultant
Avalanche Consulting
(864) 270-8172

Whitney Robertson, Marketing Manager
Laurens County Development Corporation
(864) 939-0580

Avalanche Consulting is the nation's premier economic development strategist. Avalanche is deeply driven to make a positive impact and seek clients who are equally inspired to energize their economies and workforce. Headquartered in Austin, Avalanche was established in 2005 and its team has a combined 100+ years of experience.  Avalanche’s clients include the best performing economies in the country, from towns like Provo, Estes Park, and Sarasota, to metros like Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbus, Houston, Miami, and Oklahoma City. Learn more about Avalanche Consulting.


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