Economic Development in the Southeast Region

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Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Five Pillars of the National Strategy The National Strategy is anchored around Five Pillars and the strategy includes actions from across the federal government. One …

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SCRC Announces its Crescent Care Collaborative

Focused on improving healthcare access and health systems within its seven-state region, SCRC launches a J-1 visa waiver program. COLUMBIA, SC, USA; September 19, 2022 …

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SCRC Announces Melissa L. Lindler as its first Chief of Staff

Columbia, SC; August 29, 2022 — Today, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission (SCRC) announced its first full time employee, Melissa L. Lindler, as Chief of …

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SCRC Authorization Statute

Addressing economic and poverty issues

The SCRC was created by the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill. The concept was first introduced by university researchers working on rural development issues in 1990 at Tuskegee University’s Annual Professional Agricultural Worker’s Conference for 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

On December 8, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed the SCRC’s first Federal Co-Chair, Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed, thereby allowing the SCRC to convene and begin other activities to serve the seven-state region.

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Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed

Federal Co-Chair

Governor Henry McMaster

States' Co-Chair
Governor of South Carolina

The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission (SCRC) is an economic development partnership agency of the federal government and seven state governments. SCRC’s mission is to build sustainable communities and strengthen economic growth across the Southeast Region.

SCRC’s leadership includes a Federal Co-Chair who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and the Governor of the seven Southeast Crescent states. Each SCRC Governor selects an alternate to represent their state and communicate their state’s priorities to the Commission’s leadership.


Governor Kay Ivey
Alternate - Kenneth Boswell


Governor Ron DeSantis
Alternate - Katherine Russo


Governor Brian Kemp
Alternate - Christopher Nunn


Governor Tate Reeves
Alternate - Kristen Windham

North Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper
Alternate - Jim McCleskey

South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster
Alternate - Jordan Marsh


Governor Glenn Youngkin
Alternate - Bryan Horn

Our Service Area

Seven States Unified for Progress

SCRC invests in the region’s economic future through a grant program, publishing research, and income-producing learning experiences – all to help communities seize opportunities, address economic disparity and advance prosperity.

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