President & CEO
Will Williams is a native of Georgetown, SC and a graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Will has more than 20 years of economic development experience in various capacities. Will is a member of several organizations such as, The SC Economic Developers Association, The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, and the Aiken Technical College Foundation. Will is currently the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Southern Economic Development Council and President of The Rotary Club of Aiken.
Will has been recognized for his work in economic development with the 2017 SCEDA Local Developer of the Year and the W. D. Workman Buffalo Hunter Award. He also has the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer by the State of South Carolina.
Will enjoys playing golf, hunting, and fishing along with long distance running. He is married to Ellen, a native of Columbia, SC. They have two sons, one who attends The Citadel and one who attends Aiken County Public Schools.
Theresa Daugherty is a native of Aiken, SC growing up in the nearby Batesburg and Ridge Spring area. She is a 2014 graduate of Aiken Technical College with an Associate in Applied Science: Major in Accounting. Her previous career of nineteen-years was in the medical field as a physician assistant and leading coder/biller.
Theresa has a true connection with the outdoors. From a casual bike ride on her cruiser, to camping and fishing with her husband, and hiking with her dog. She enjoys participating in benefit walk/runs. Her outdoor enthusiasm also drives her love of nature photography.
Theresa is a member of Cedar Creek West Campus and enjoys participating in any area her talents can be utilized. Her and husband, Michael have one daughter, who is attending the University of Wyoming working toward a degree in Architectural Engineering.
Senior Marketing and Research Director
Jonathan Larry grew up in North Augusta, South Carolina. In May of 2014, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Aiken, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In January 2011, Jonathan began interning at the Economic Development Partnership, and in May of 2014, he joined the Partnership full-time. Jonathan serves on the boards of several organizations including: University of South Carolina Aiken School of Business Advisory Council; Leadership Aiken County; University of South Carolina Office of External Programs, Continuing Education, and Conferences; and Aiken Young Professionals.
Jonathan has been recognized for his work in the community with the 2017 Aiken Chamber Young Professionals Rising Star Award and as a 2018 Young Professional 2 Follow by The Aiken Standard.
Jonathan enjoys graphic designing, video producing and editing, and building websites. He is the son of Warren and Mariela Larry and has three brothers.
The Economic Development Partnership of Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda, and McCormick Counties has a key role in creating a prosperous business environment in our region and contributing to the economic success of our state. Building partnerships between the public and private sector – close collaboration between corporate, public and government organizations – has been essential to the economic gains in our region.
For the continued and necessary growth of our region, these partners have joined with us and our efforts to bring jobs to Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda, and McCormick Counties. Their investment will enable us to continue the success that we have accomplished over the past 33 years.
South Carolina Power Team
Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Aiken Technical College
MAU Workforce Solutions
Savannah River Remediation, LLC
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
H.G. Reynolds Company
M.B. Kahn Construction Company, Inc.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP
Security Federal Bank
Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
ECS Southeast LLP
Aiken Railway Company, LLC
First Citizens Bank
Marlboro Development Team, Inc.
McMillan Pazdan Smith, LLC
National Wild Turkey Federation
Nexsen Pruet, LLC
SRP Federal Credit Union
Available Sites & Buildings
If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.
The highly skilled workforce in the Aiken, Saluda, McCormick, and Edgefield region is ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy because of the emphasis on education.