Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The City of Georgetown now has a new director of Planning and Economic Development.
Mayor Jack Scoville announced Monday Tee Miller has been hired for the job and he will focus on “establishing strong working relations with city business, property owners, developers and other economic development officials to advance the economic development interests of the City.”
Miller, whose starting salary is $75,000 will report to the City Administrator Chris Carter.
“I am delighted that Tee will be working for the City leading our Economic Development efforts,” said Scoville. “Creating this position has been one of my top priorities for the past three years.”
Miller said as a resident of he city he has “put a lot of thought into ideas throughout the years that could benefit the City of Georgetown and make it even a better place to live. I feel I have gained a real appreciation for what makes our community special and attractive to visitors.”
Miller is a former state director for USDA Rural Development. It was while he held that position he made news in Georgetown County. In 2008, he was accused by S.C. Senator Yancey McGill and the NAACP of blocking funding to help pay for a sewer system in the Plantersville Community.
At the time Miller said there were multiple reasons the project was not funded. One concerned objections raised by the Coastal Conservation League, which later dropped its opposition. Another was the limited amount of funding he had.
He said statewide he had about $100 million in sewer-related funding requests but only about $30 million available to loan.
That sewer project was later funded by a Community Development Block Grant awarded after Miller left his job at the USDA.
Although funding for the Plantersville sewer project did not take place under Miller’s watch, Scoville says Miller was responsible for more than $1.2 billion in financial assistance to South Carolina communities.
Miller has also served as the deputy director of the Office of Business Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington.
Miller began his government service after spending more than ten years in private business that included serving as a senior analyst for market planning and strategy for a national wireless communications company based in Reston, Virginia, and working in advertising and venture capital in Greenville, South Carolina, Scoville said.
He holds both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, as well as a M.S. degree in Advertising Communications from the University of Tennessee.
Miller and his wife Rhodes started Goudelock & Co. and Black Mingo Outfitters on Front Street.
Scoville said council approved the new position last fall but was not required to vote on who was hired for the job. He said, although he and Carter were the ones who hired Miller, council did interview him last week.
Miller will start his position with the City of Georgetown in mid-May.
By Scott Harper