Florence Co. Council chair designated as SCRA Knowledge Economist

Florence, SC - CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) - Florence County Council Chairman K.G. Rusty Smith Jr. has been named as an SCRA Knowledge Economist by SCRA.

Smith received the honor at the Materials Innovation Technologies grand opening ceremony in Lake City. Stewart McKenzie, zone manager for SC Launch Midlands, recognized Smith for his contributions to South Carolina's Knowledge Economy, which creates high-salaried technology jobs, nurtures new ventures and capital investment, and builds equity for the future, according to a press release.

The SCRA Knowledge Economist Award Program recognizes citizens who have made significant contributions to South Carolina's Knowledge Economy "where the value of the mind shapes the successful profile of progress."

Smith is a life-long resident of Lake City, and graduate of Lake City High School where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He received a degree in government and international studies from the University of South Carolina and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He currently owns and operates K. G. Smith Company Sales & Rentals, which specializes in heavy equipment sales, rentals and supplies and employs 15 individuals.

Smith was selected as Citizen of the Year in 1989 and again in 2001 by the City of Lake City, the first person to be chosen twice for the award. He was also the 1990 Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce Contributor of the Year.

Smith was first elected to Florence County Council in 1986. He currently serves as chairman, a position he has held on four different occasions. He has served on the Florence City-County Civic Center Commission, FLATS Committee and continues to serve on the Florence County Economic Development Partnership.

He serves as chairman of the Florence-Williamsburg County Joint Industrial Park Commission, past president of the South Carolina Association of Counties, as well as a recipient of the SCAC Presidents Cup Award, and serves as vice chairman of the Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors.

For more information about the SCRA Knowledge Economist Award Program and a list of persons who have been recognized as a South Carolina Knowledge Economist, visit sclaunch.org/knowledge_economy_awards.shtml

SCRA specializes in applied research and commercialization services with offices in South Carolina, Ohio and in McLean, VA.

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