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New Development Authority director will come from next door

Posted: February 28, 2013 - 6:11pm  |  Updated: February 28, 2013 - 6:13pm


A Richmond County Development Authority official has been named as the sole finalist for the top job in Columbia County’s Development Authority.

Robert F. Bennett, a project manager for Richmond County’s agency since Oct. 2009, will be named to the position once the mandatory 14-day period expires, said Doug Duncan, the chairman of the search committee of the Columbia County Development Authority’s executive board.

“In recruiting, it’s rare to find a candidate with the exact experience you’re looking for and have strong local knowledge,” Duncan said. “Robbie Bennett is that candidate.”

Agencies, by state law, must wait 14 days after naming a finalist or finalists before hiring for a vacant executive-level position.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to be considered for this position,” Bennett said. “Columbia County is a great community, and it has such a great potential.”

Bennett replaces Troy Post, whose contract as director expired in December and was not renewed. He's expected to start March 18, Duncan said.

The resume of Bennett, an Augusta resident, lists his work with bringing more than 2,200 new jobs and $600 million in capital investment to Augusta through companies such as Rockwood Pigments, Starbucks and Rural Sourcing Inc.

Prior to coming to Augusta, Bennett served two years as director of research and development for the Greenwood Partnership Alliance in Greenwood, S.C., and before that for two years as a research analyst for the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Bennett, 34, is a graduate of Silver Bluff High School with an undergraduate degree from Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. He holds masters degrees in public administration from the University of South Carolina and in business administration from Augusta State University.

He is married and has one daughter.


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So, two years here, two years

So, two years here, two years there, three or so years in Richmond County, and now maybe two years or so in Columbia County? Can he really quantify that $600 million for Augusta? He's building a great resume for that job he eventually finds and wants to keep!


It won't be manufacturing jobs for CC

CC don't do manufacturing. Assembly yes. Government jobs will be the likely choice for CC. Good pay and minimal expectations as long as you vote "right". Government project work. Food, service, call centers and entertainment jobs will be next.

A hospital or two. Maybe an airport. Even Waynesboro has an airport. And a hospital. CC is so far behind the times.

How about a county centric government complex? A new one, to go with the county centric health department.

With a one party government for life, it all has to be humor. Whatever the party wants, the party gets. What can the average taxpayer do but pay taxes and die.

One could move across the county line and live in Detroit-Richmond County.


Silver Bluff

Purchased a lot of candy bars from Silver Bluff Boosters. So we helped fund his education. Now he is coming to serve us.

Sweet son

Extend the welcome hand to Mr. Bennett guys!

It could have been Marion Williams or Fred Russell!