Leadership Salkehatchie

From tiny seeds grow mighty trees.


What is Leadership Salkehatchie?

Leadership Salkehatchie is an economic development leadership program offered by USC Salkehatchie in partnership with SouthernCarolina Alliance.

The Road Map

To fulfill our purpose we design retreats to empower participants with the economic development knowledge and skills needed to cultivate progress within our region.  We coordinate tours of local industries and provide workshops led by subject matter experts.  The program highlights the strengths of the Salkehatchie region and explores the obstacles combating small town America.

Participants will:

  • discover their leadership styles
  • enhance their personal leadership skills
  • establish regional networks with other professionals
  • become more effective local, regional, and state leaders
  • understand the factors impacting economic development
  • create programs that promote economic development

How do I become a participant?

Participation in Leadership Salkehatchie is competitive.  Participants are selected annually from a pool of highly qualified  applicants.  Those who are accepted are provided scholarships to fund the program’s expenses.

Participant Requirements

Leadership Salkehatchie seeks adults who meet the following criteria:

  • Participants must be residents of or be employed in one of the counties that are a part of the Salkehatchie region.  
  • Participants must display an interest in being active in the community.   Participants should aspire to reach leadership positions or currently occupy professional leadership positions.  They should possess leadership tendencies.
  • Participants must be nominated for the program.  To nominate someone, click here.

Program requirements

Participants in Leadership Salkehatchie:

  • Meet once a month from September-May from approx.  8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.  Attendance is required to receive an award of completion at the graduation ceremony.
  • Must provide their transportation to and from the meeting venue.  The locations of the retreats vary each month, but they will always be in the Salkehatchie region.  The Salkehatchie region is comprised of Hampton, Bamberg, Barnwell, Allendale, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties.
  • Have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and meet with U.S. Representatives and Senators to advocate for the Salkehatchie region.  This trip is usually taken in April.  There is no cost to participants.
  • are awarded of a scholarship to meet the financial responsibility of the program.
  • must collaborate, design, present and implement community group project that represents the goals of the program.