On June 17, 2021 it was announced that SC Governor Henry McMaster nominated Harry M. Lightsey III as the next Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Lightsey was confirmed by the State Senate June 29th and now heads the organization charged with business development for the state. Lightsey visited TheLINK Economic Development Alliance, Tuesday, September 28th. During his time in Sumter, he met with the Economic Development Board and Staff as well as other local leaders and community stakeholders at the Main Room, Downtown Sumter. The luncheon started at 12:00 Noon and Lightsey addressed the group with comments. Lightsey has served in executive leadership roles for several corporations, including as president of BellSouth Telecommunications for South Carolina prior to their merger with AT&T. He also was director of federal government affairs and emerging technologies for the General Motors Corporation.