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The One Orangeburg County Initiative (“One Orangeburg County”) is a collaborative effort to bring together Orangeburg County’s leaders (from all segments) in order to work toward a common goal of making the County an even better place to live, work, learn, shop and play.

Phase I began in July 2015. The Orangeburg County Development Commission (OCDC), working with an outside consultant, identified core leaders (now known as “One Orangeburg County Leadership” and “The 100”) and work began to align community needs, group purpose and the goals that are now the key focus of our work. Task Forces were then formed and are now used to deliver key outcomes and results. Having these key leaders working together (with the information exchange that takes place) facilitates getting impactful results. Successful completion of identified projects will not only attract new jobs, industry and residents to the area; but will help ensure continued improvements in the area’s quality of life.

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Phase II “The 1000”, was conceived as a means to engage the entire community in support of One Orangeburg County. The mission of The 1000 is to harness the collective forward momentum, hopes, strategies and efforts of the citizens of Orangeburg County, and to move the county more quickly toward an improved quality of life for everyone. This group facilities our ability to unify and communicate opportunities as a part of this grass roots movement. The first meeting of The 1000 was held in January 2016.


Orangeburg County is the premier place to live, work, learn, shop and play.


Identify, streamline and implement critical work in support of our vision through the collaborative effort of key leaders in the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current goal of The One Orangeburg County Initiative? Is The One Orangeburg County Initiative a “short term entity” or is it designed to exist permanently?
Goal: By 2021, companies are not only choosing Orangeburg to grow their business, but more of their employees are choosing to live here.


The Executive Committee of The One Orangeburg County Initiative will continue to evaluate the needs of the community and make decisions in accordance with those needs and county-wide input.

Aren’t there entities that already exist to improve Orangeburg County?
Yes. Orangeburg County is fortunate to have various public, private and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of its citizens. The One Orangeburg County Initiative exists to assist all of those entities and facilitate cooperation and collaboration between them. To be immensely successful, the level of collaborative effort must be unprecedented and is key in delivering transformative results. Our County is poised for the next major step forward. There is growing interest from businesses, industry and individuals considering investments here. Having key leaders engaged and meeting regularly helps ensure we can respond timely and meet the needs of those interests that would benefit our community.
Does The One Orangeburg County Initiative support all of the current work being done by those other entities?
Yes. But not all of the support is direct. The One Orangeburg County Initiative’s Leadership Team has identified and prioritized goals that need to be accomplished and has engaged the use of task forces to get the work completed. The existing strategic work of individual entities continues with the support from The One Orangeburg County Initiative varied depending on the project.
How is The One Orangeburg County Initiative structured and what task forces exist?
Currently, there is an Executive Committee and four task forces with chairpersons within “The 100” — 1) Gateway; 2) K-16 Education; 3) Commercial, Housing and Retail; and 4) Marketing and Communications. Most work has been handled thus far through the volunteer efforts of those supporting The One Orangeburg County Initiative; however, recognizing the intensity, scope and specialty needs of some of the work, The One Orangeburg County Initiative has enlisted the services of a management team and professional consultants to assure transformative results.
Why are you asking for financial support?
Funds are used to complete identified projects. In addition, The One Orangeburg County Initiative now has a part time “Administrative Coordinator” that works with the support of consultants as needed to succeed. We rely heavily on the support of our leaders who commit their time and resources for much of the work which allows The One Orangeburg County Initiative to operate on a very tight budget. Private sector donations are the cornerstone of our financial future with our local legislative delegation providing much needed initial and ongoing support as tangible targets are met.
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One Orangeburg County – Leadership

NameCompanyJob Title
Barbara AdamsSC StateInterim Dean, Professor of Accounting
Mike AdamsOrangeburg Department of Public SafetyChief / Director of Public Safety
Mayor Michael Aiken, Sr.Town of VanceMayor
Mayor Sam AnthonyTown of WoodfordMayor
Drexel BallClaflin UniversityVP Administration
Charles Barnwell, Jr.Dist. #39, City of OrangeburgOrangeburg City Council
Mayor Paul BishopTown of RowesvilleMayor
Terry BooneOrangeburg County Development CommissionAdministrative Coordinator
Cal BrunerC21
Dodd BuieC.F. EvansCFE
Mayor Stan BuschTown of ElloreeMayor
Mayor Michael ButlerCity of OrangeburgMayor
Mayor Patty CarsonTown of NorthMayor
Bill ClarkOrangeburg Consolidated School Dist. #5Public Relations Director
James E. ClarkSC StatePresident
Representative Gilda Cobb-HunterDist. #66Representative
Terry CookOCDC Board, Media Security Services
Janie Cooper-SmithDist. #5, County of OrangeburgOrangeburg County Council Vice-Chair
Mayor Joe CorbittTown of NeesesMayor
Evelyn DisherOrangeburg County Community of CharacterExecutive Director
Mayor Frank DixonTown of BranchvilleMayor
Randy EttersDPUKey Accounts Manager
Johnny EvansC.F. EvansPresident & CEO
Caroline Smoak FarmerOrangeburg Young ProfessionalsChairman
Gail FogleOCDC Board, First CitizensFinancial Sales Manager II
Mayor Frank FurtickTown of SpringfieldMayor
Dr. Jesulon Gibbs-BrownOrangeburg Consolidated School Dist. #3Superintendent
Mayor Marion Glenn, Jr.Town of BowmanMayor
Sam GloverSCDOTCommissioner
Mayor Bobby GordonTown of LivingstonMayor
Representative Jerry GovanDist. #95Representative
Bernard HaireDist. #4, City of OrangeburgOrangeburg City Council
Bryan HamrickZeus Industrial Products, Inc.Director of HR
Warren HarleyDepartment of Public UtilitiesManager
Teresa HatchellTri-County Regional Chamber of CommerceExecutive Director
Mayor Donnie HilliardTown of SanteeMayor
Wade HolmesDPUElectric Division Director
Barry HoodHoliday Inn & Suites; Courtesy ManagementManager; VP
Representative Lonnie HoseyDist. #91Representative
Babs HughesOrangeburg Preparatory SchoolLower Campus Administrator
Cathy HughesThe Times and DemocratPublisher
Senator Bradley HuttoDist. #40Senator
Melinda JacksonChamberPresident
L. JenkinsOrangeburg County Sheriff's Office
Bob JenningsZeus Industrial Products, Inc.OC Partnership President
Charles JerniganDist. #2, City of OrangeburgOrangeburg City Council
Mikee JohnsonCox IndustriesPresident & CEO, President SC WF
Mayor Jefferson JohnsonTown of EutawvilleMayor
Mayor Sara JohnsonTown of NorwayMayor
Mayor William JohnsonTown of Holly HillMayor
Jim JohnsonSBDCDirector
Jimmy JonesJimmy Jones ToyotaOwner
Mayor Janet JoyeTown of CopeMayor
Liz KeittDist. #5, City of OrangeburgOrangeburg City Council
Sandra KnottsDist. #6, City of OrangeburgOrangeburg City Council
Heyward LivingstonDist. #4Orangeburg County Council
Marion LloydDeputy County Administrator
Mayor James MartinTown of CordovaMayor
Senator John Matthews, Jr.Dist. #39Senator
Evan PowellOrangeburg Preparatory SchoolsHead of School
Norman McLean
Ken MiddletonOrangeburg County Development CommissionChairman
Bill MolnarLower Savannah Council of GovernmentsExecutive Director
Marion MooreCentury 21/The Moore GroupPresident
Joe MuleMiller Communications
Johnnie Murdaugh
Wayne MurphyChick-fil-AOwner
Dr. Tim NewmanOrangeburg Consolidated School Dist. #4Superintendent
Representative Russel OttDist. #93Representative
Willie B. OwensDist. #7, County of OrangeburgOrangeburg County Council
Hema PatelCourtesy ManagementOwner
Dr. Angela PetersClaflin UniversityVice Provost
Willie PriesterOrangeburg Area Mental Health CenterExecutive Director
Kevin RaspberryGarden City Preparatory AcademyExecutive Director
Leroy RavenellOrangeburg County Sheriff's OfficeSheriff
Johnny RavenellDist. #2Orangeburg County Council
Jeanna ReynoldsMajor Graphics
Kathy RhoadRegional Medical CenterDirector of Marketing
Dr. Charles RichardsonClaflin UniversityDean, School of Business
Josh RidleyChamberPast Chair
Candice RobersonDORAExecutive Director
Gary RobinsonNational Entrepreneurship AssociationExecutive Director
Gregg RobinsonOrangeburg County Development CommissionExecutive Director
Dr. Geb RunagerFellowship of Christian Athletes
Nora SandersLower Savannah Council of Governments
Amanda SieversLower Savannah Council of Governments
Andrew SilverPiedmont CorporationCommercial Developer
John SinghCity of OrangeburgAssistant City Administrator
Brad SnelgroveOrangeburg County Development Commission
Richard StromanDist. #1, City of OrangeburgOrangeburg City Council
Katie ThompsonRegional Medical CenterPublic Relations Director
Dr. Henry TisdaleClaflin UniversityPresident
Dr. Walt TobinOrangeburg-Calhoun Technical CollegePresident
Kelly WannamakerOrangeburg County YMCA, Leadership Orangeburg CountyDirector
Dr. Jesse WashingtonOrangeburg Consolidated School Dist. #5Superintendent
Jeffrey WatfordW & B Enterprises, Inc.
Berton WhitakerRegional Medical CenterInterim CEO
Brenda WilliamsRegional Medical CenterVP Strategy and Compliance
Charlie WilliamsWilliams Law FirmAttorney
Craig Williams
Joey WilliamsonOrangeburg County Development CommissionBoard Member
Harry F. WimberlyDist. #3Orangeburg County Council
John WinarchickZeus Industrial Products, Inc.President
Calvin Wright, Sr.OCAB Community Action AgencyDirector
Johnnie Wright, Sr.Dist. #1, County of OrangeburgOrangeburg County Council Chairman
Harold YoungCounty of OrangeburgCounty Administrator
John YowCity of OrangeburgCity Administrator

One Orangeburg County – Executive Committee