Thursday, September 20, 2012

Press Release

City of Clinton Names Director for Department of Community and Economic Development

Stephen Taylor Named to Critical Position
Clinton, SC, September 20, 2012:  City Manager Frank Stovall announced today that Stephen Taylor will be the City’s Director of Community and Economic Development. After a hiring process that lasted several months and attracted applicants from as far away as Alaska, the City Manager feels confident that Mr. Taylor, originally from Calhoun Falls, is the right person for the job.
 “Mr. Taylor brings a wide variety of experiences in economic development, communication, and business to our team.” said Frank Stovall, Clinton’s City Manager. “We are excited that he has decided to bring his talents to Clinton to be part of our organization and we look forward to working alongside Mr. Taylor to continue to make economic and community development a priority in our city.” continued Stovall.
Stephen Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and Masters of Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University. Mr. Taylor served four years with the  United States Coast Guard and has worked in the telecom industry in support of economic development and customer service programs.  Mr. Taylor has also served as a decorated officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Mr. Taylor will be responsible for leading the city’s community development efforts, which include planning, zoning, projects that are designed to enhance the quality of life in the community, and providing staff support to the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Design Review Board. Mr. Taylor will also be responsible for providing support for the city’s economic development efforts, including assisting the city manager and the Laurens County Development Corporation with recruiting and marketing the city as a great place to do business. Improving communication between the city and the public will also be a component of Mr. Taylor’s responsibilities.
“I’m excited to be offered the opportunity to join an excellent team of professionals at the City of Clinton and I look forward to working with our citizens and the City Manager to make the Mayor and Council’s goals of enhancing our business climate, promoting economic growth and improving communication between the city and our citizens a reality.” said Mr. Taylor.