Steven Pearce, president and CEO of the South Carolina I-77 Alliance, said Aug. 17, 2022, he is resigning to take a job in St. Louis.
Pearce made the announcement at the alliance’s annual economic development summit in Richburg.
As the alliance’s president and CEO, Pearce oversees development of the organization’s strategic direction, branding, lead generation, research, and investor relations, as well as various strategic initiatives of the board.
He works closely with state, regional, and local partners to market the region as a premier location for expanding and relocating businesses in targeted industries and geographies around the world.
He partners with the public and private sector to leverage their collective strengths to amplify the region’s story and to serve as subject matter experts.
Previously, Pearce was senior vice president of business recruitment at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, at which he provided oversight for all economic development efforts that led to the creation of new jobs and investment across the 15-county bistate Charlotte region.
Additionally, he led the organization’s business retention and expansion initiative.
During his tenure at Charlotte’s alliance, Pearce led the team to four straight Mac Conway Awards from 2017 – 2020. Site Selection’s Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development recognize the top local and regional economic development agencies in the U.S.
In 2019, Pearce was recognized as a Top 50 Economic Developer in North America.
He holds a Master of Business Administration and bachelor’s in marketing from East Carolina University.
Established by the counties’ economic development offices, the South Carolina I-77 Alliance is a nonprofit economic development organization that seeks to position and market Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Richland, and York Counties as a world-class business location to attract investment, quality jobs, entrepreneurs, and professional talent along the I-77 corridor of South Carolina.