The South Carolina Department of Commerce has named Scott Adams Lexington County’s Ambassador for Economic Development. Adams, general counsel, secretary and vice-president of External Affairs for Prysmian Group–North America, was honored last week at a State House ceremony in Columbia. Gov. Nikki Haley and Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt presented the award.
“This is not an individual award; it’s an award for all those who have joined with me, the Chamber, our young professionals, our teachers, and business partners to bring jobs and career opportunities to Lexington County,” said Adams, who chaired the Greater Lexington Chamber in 2009-10. He is widely known for his work galvanizing the grassroots movement to bring more than 2,000 full-time Amazon.com jobs to the area in 2011. “Economic development is about jobs, prosperity, growing our local economy and moving Lexington forward.”
Adams has long been active in a number of initiatives to bring new businesses to Lexington County, including Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Boeing subcontractors. He’s also worked to develop existing small businesses. A recognized advocate for local schools, Adams has worked to create internships and career opportunities for Lexington High School students. During the past several years he has presented seminars for Lexington High students about how to apply for and keep a job.
One of the earliest supporters of the Lexington Young Professionals, Adams also has worked with the Midlands Regional Education Center Advisory Board, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Lexington Technology Center Advanced STEM Center Advisory Board, Lake Murray Lions, West Metro Rotary Club, and the Midlands Technical College Foundation.
Adams was nominated for the ambassador award by Chuck Whipple, Lexington County’s director of economic development. He was one of 51 people from the state’s 46 counties to be recognized during Industry Appreciation Week.