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CITY HIRES FIRST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PRESIDENT/CEO

The City of Greenville has hired Sam Konduros to lead business recruitment, investor relations and work collaboratively with economic development partners for the Greenville City Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC). Konduros, who describes himself as “mission-driven” and an “entrepreneur at heart,” is a licensed attorney, certified economic developer and realtor. He’s held multiple business leadership roles regionally and statewide including President/CEO of Upstate SC Alliance and President/CEO of SCBio (South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization).

Konduros began his career at the SC Department of Commerce where he helped recruit a wave of international companies into South Carolina. He is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was designated as a “Knowledge Economist” by South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor in 2018.

“The City of Greenville prides itself in its innovation and 24/7 vibrance. Sam is a dynamic, high-energy leader, with decades of experience and strong relationships. It’s a perfect pairing,” said Mayor Knox White. “Through his service on the Board of Directors at the Greenville Chamber and executive roles at partner agencies, Sam has the institutional knowledge of an insider, but will bring fresh perspective to the City of Greenville’s economic development efforts.”

The GCEDC was established by City Council in June of 2023 to implement the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan with a focus on real estate and property development, small and minority business, retail, marketing, investor relations and business recruitment. The GCEDC is a 501(c)3 with a board of directors and the ability to raise private funds.

“With his track record of successfully setting up economic development organizations in South Carolina, which are still thriving today, we are thrilled to have Sam join the City of Greenville to establish the GCEDC to deliver corporate headquarters, recruit retailers and restaurants, and support our small business owners,” said City Councilor John DeWorken.

Konduros, who lives in Greenville County, is expected to begin his new role in April.

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.