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Talent Development 

Developing our talent pipeline is critical to the continued success of this region. Therefore, we are taking great strides to leverage our competitive advantage by creating programs that train and develop the talent necessary to fill the highly-skilled, highly-technical requirements of today’s manufacturing. After hosting a spirited Education Summit to align and develop a community-wide strategy, several ongoing programs have been implemented, to introduce, educate, and enrich the workforce agenda.

Talent Development Timeline

Inaugural Manufacturers & Technology Expo
The Education Summit 
Manufacturing is COOL
1st Annual eSTEAM Sumter Festival 
Emerging Leaders 
Apprenticeship 'Signing Day'
Fit For Life
Irly Bird STEAM Adventure
Military Virtual Career Fair 
Graduate to Greatness

"While a strategic location is important in our industry, it was the quality of the people and the strong work ethic that ultimately drew Crown to the area."

Don Hafekamp
President and CEO, Crown Healthcare Laundry Services
Lunch Buddies Program

Manufacturing & Technology Expo


More than 400 eighth grade students are exposed annually to technology used in advanced manufacturing as they declare college or career high school learning paths.

eSTEAM Sumter


Annually, more than 5,000 people interact with 70+ exhibitors to gain awareness of  STEAM focused education in public and private schools. Multi-generations of students and parents are exposed to industrial job opportunities in the TheLINK Region. 



More than 25 students annually receive transferable college credits through the University of South Carolina-Sumter
Campus. Each Emerging Leader serves as an ambassador for 
Sumter and Lee Counties, and spreads the good news of the many amenities and opportunities in our region, while serving on community boards.

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TheLINK Logo

Lee & Sumter, South Carolina 

Economic Development Alliance

TheLINK is a public-private economic development organization charged with facilitating the creation of jobs and the investment of capital in our region. 

Contact Information

10 E. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150

Toll Free: 800.888.7926

Phone: 803.418.0700


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