About Us [what we do]

We are Clemson University in Your Community.Clemson in South Carolina

Clemson University Economic and Community Development Extension Agents work hard everyday to connect the vast resources of Clemson University, and other public service agencies, to the needs of South Carolina communities.  We utilize these resources to conduct research-based programming and projects that will stimulate sustainable economic and community development throughout South Carolina.

Program Areas

Clemson Extension Economic and Community Development programming falls under the following program areas: 

Extension Economic and Community Development programming is developed within the Sandhill Research and Education Center and the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development and delivered with the goal of improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

Affiliated Centers and Institutes

Sandhill Research and Education Center
The Sandhill Research and Education Center was established in 1926 for agricultural research in the primarily rural Columbia area. As the Columbia community has grown, the focus of the Sandhill Research and Education Center has evolved to meet the changing needs of the state. In 1999, the University's Board of Trustees approved the sale of approximately 300 acres of Sandhill's land to construct new facilities and endow new programs.While the services of Sandhill have metamorphosed over the years, it still fulfills its original purpose of meeting the needs and serving the people of the surrounding communities, South Carolina and beyond. Sandhill faculty and agents conduct research and outreach on economic and community development, and environmental stewardship. The center’s faculty builds the collaborations needed to identify and address the state’s opportunities and challenges for the 21st century.

Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development
The Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD) believes that each community in South Carolina holds the keys to its own revitalization. It is not experts who are needed at this point in time, but partners: partners who will listen, stimulate, and inspire. Partners who will engage with community organizers to collaborate in revitalization efforts that the community decides are essential. We connect the resources of Clemson University, and other agencies, to the needs of South Carolina communities. We are committed to improving the quality of life in South Carolina. There are three major "umbrellas" under which the different programs of the CIECD are housed: Community Outreach, Institute Initiatives, and Research. Community Outreach programs are programs we have been asked to conduct by the communities that are our stakeholders. Institute Initiatives are programs that we have initiated to fill a particular need. Research is the development of new information that can be used to help grow communities.