Bill Banning to Support Community Development and Prosperity Initiative
LEXINGTON, S.C. – The Navigating from Good to Great Foundation, a regional community development and prosperity initiative, and the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the appointment of William B. “Bill” Banning as regional development manager.
In his new role, Banning will be responsible for creating a greater awareness of the foundation’s mission and accomplishments and for accelerating efforts of regional cooperation. The position is being funded by the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation. Banning will work out of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce under the supervision of Chamber President Randy Halfacre. Banning will focus his efforts on the Greater Lexington business community and local government.
“I look forward to working with the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation to reach our objectives and making the Midlands greater than ever for all of our citizens,” Banning said.
Intergovernmental and interregional cooperation are among the major regional issues identified by the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation.
“The timing for a position of this nature could not be better,” said Ted Speth, president of the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation. “The last 12 months have seen unprecedented progress in regional cooperation in the Midstate of South Carolina.
“Our political bodies, both local and state legislative delegations, have been successful in creating a dialogue and in acting together to accomplish certain goals that are beneficial to the region as a whole. The business community has had similar success, particularly with the formation of the MIDSTATE Chambers Coalition,” Speth said.
“This position will foster and grow this cooperative regional effort in both the private and public sectors. It will focus on business issues that are critical to the region as a whole. This position clearly falls within the core initiatives of our Foundation,” he said.
“The Lexington community is positioned for great economic prosperity. By having the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation recognize this potential and expand regional cooperation by funding this initiative in Lexington County, we will take another step in creating a vibrant Midlands community,” Halfacre said.
“With Bill Banning coming aboard, we can build better intergovernmental relationships that will lead to greater opportunities for building regional economic development capacity. Bill Banning knows and understands the inner workings of government, business, and economic development. His experience will sharpen our efforts to improve the quality of life in both Richland and Lexington counties,” Halfacre said.
A long-time business and political leader in the Midlands community, Banning recently turned over management of his insurance company to his family. Banning served on Lexington County Council from 1995 to 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. Currently he is vice chairman of the county council and chairman of its economic development committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the Central Midlands Council of Governments.
The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center
The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center strengthens and promotes economic prosperity, public policy, quality of life and workforce development in the greater Lexington community and MidState Chambers Coalition region. A nonprofit, 501 (c) 6 organization, the GLC&VC represents approximately 850 businesses and more than 30,000 employees.