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Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Archived Webcast

Service-Learning for Economic and Community Development Strategic Planning: McClellanville, South Carolina as a Case Study

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast
, October 23, 2012

In cooperation with Clemson University Extension Community Development and the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, Clemson undergraduates and graduate students have worked with local leaders in numerous South Carolina communities in developing and implementing strategic plans.  In a number of these communities this effort has been on-going involving formal classes over several years.  McClellanville, SC, a small fishing village on the coast north of Charleston, is an example of a community where local leaders have embraced this approach to strategic planning.  The strategic planning process is a strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat (SWOT) type analysis based on interviews with key informants, survey of local residents, and a public workshop.  Issues and solutions identified in this manner then form the core for students working in the implementation phase of this process.  We will explain the strategic planning effort in detail.  The discussion will also center on how working with local leaders has resulted in several success stories including gaining access to the Charleston restaurant market for locally harvested shrimp and the start of a local charter school centered on environmental education.

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Dr. David Hughes Harry Crissy Devin Swindall
Dr. David Hughes Harry Crissy Devin Swindall


Dr. David W. Hughes, - School of Agriculture, Forest and Environmental Sciences, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, Sandhill Research & Education Center

Originally from Lancaster, South Carolina, Dr. David Hughes received his undergraduate degree in history and a masters’ degree in agricultural economics from Clemson University emphasizing regional economics and natural resources, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Washington State University (WSU) emphasizing natural resources.  He also served as a post-doctorate researcher at WSU in international development (West Africa and Jordan) and regional economics.  Other international experience includes work in Honduras and Romania.  He was assistant-associate professor at Louisiana State University, and extension specialist and associate professor-professor at West Virginia University.  Since November 2005, He has been a professor at the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development at the Sandhill Research and Educational Center in Columbia S.C.  He is also program leader for Extension Community Development Activities.  Areas of outreach and research include economic development policies, economic impact analysis, community-based strategic planning, workforce development, tourism development, and rural entrepreneurship.

Devin C. Swindall - Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, Sandhill Research & Education Center

Devin Swindall received his undergraduate degree and masters’ degree in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University while focusing his research entrepreneurship and economic development.  Since he completed his graduate degree in 2010, he has been working as a Research Associate for the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development.  Much of his work focuses on applied research evolving around economic development, strategic planning, agribusiness, and entrepreneurship development.  In addition to research, Devin is also involved outreach services designed to enhance economic opportunities for rural areas, building agribusiness capacity, and entrepreneurship training. 

Harry Crissy - Clemson University Regional Community and Economic Development Agent for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina. 

Harry's work focuses primarily on economic sustainability.  He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED Homes, LEED Building Design and Construction) accredited professional.  He has worked in the building industry for 16 years.  After working in the building industry, his academic research concentration (two MS degrees) at Penn State University focused on economic sustainability and the consumer’s willingness to pay in the tourism industry.  He also holds a Professional Master Certificate from Villa Nova University in Applied Project Management. Harry works with communities, individuals, and government bodies to identify strategies conducive to both economic growth and environmental health.  Harry has worked domestically and internationally on development projects aimed at improving the circumstances of populations from all economic strata.

Mr. Jim Scott - McCllellanville, SC, Town Council Member


Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast

Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about  service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes.  In 2012- 2013, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas:  Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K-12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process.
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