Front Row (L to R): Dennis Fassuliotis, Kay Self, Les Brown, John McElligott, and Abdallah Haddad.
Back Row: Brandon Smith, Charles Angel and Matt Wiggins.
VisionGreenwood, an established community partner dedicated to making Greenwood the best place in which to live, work and raise a family, announced the establishment of the Lakelands Emerging Technology Council (LETC).
Comprised of a group of local leaders, officials said the LETC will provide guidance and expertise for addressing the emerging, evolving, and exponential technologies that will bring opportunities to the Lakelands region.
The mission of the LETC, the officials said, is to drive technological initiatives that will allow the Lakelands region to thrive in an uncertain and rapidly changing future.
Additionally, the LETC believes that every industry must embrace new and emerging technologies to support a prosperous Lakelands community.
The officials said the LETC unites the region's leaders and empowers businesses, stakeholders, entrepreneurs and community members to achieve the future vision and strategic goals of the region.
"Recognizing that technology is ever-changing, the newly established Lakelands Emerging Technology Council will help connect, advise and advocate for technological advancements in the Lakelands region. This will be especially beneficial to our rural communities as we lay the framework for future success,” said Kay Self, executive director for VisionGreenwood.
The Lakelands Emerging Technology Council, which has met twice, will continue to collaborate on a regular basis.
LETC members include:
Brandon Smith, Mayor of Greenwood and Chairman, VisionGreenwood
Kay Self, Executive Director, VisionGreenwood
Charles Angel, President, Due West Robotics & Software Developer for Greenwood Genetic Center
Les Brown, M.Ed., Director of Information Technology, Self Regional Healthcare
Dennis Fassuliotis, South Carolina Blockchain, Inc.
Abdallah Haddad, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Lander University
John R. McElligott, CEO, York Exponential
Matt Wiggins, Dean – Workforce Innovation Division, Piedmont Technical College.
VisionGreenwood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with deep roots in the Greenwood community.
Throughout the past 20 years, VisionGreenwood (formerly known as the Foundation for a Greater Greenwood County, Inc.) has invested over $2.9 million into the community by supporting collaborative community development initiatives that provide economic prosperity and enhance the growth and success of Greenwood.
The foundation originally was created to support the former Greenwood Partnership Alliance's charitable operations with a focus on community and workforce development.
The foundation became a stand-alone organization in 2020 and was rebranded as VisionGreenwood in 2021.
Learn more at www.visiongreenwood.org.