In accordance with its  mission  is committed:  Carry out economic development and educational improvement activities which, in the opinion of its Board of Directors, will improve economic conditions in targeted counties  along the I-95 Corridor by:


  • Developing and Adopting   a “Strategic Framework” to achieve this goal.
  • Establish a business incubator to serve Orangeburg, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, and Hampton Counties.


The Palmetto Development Group has been exploring for over ten years ways to promote  economic development in South Carolina’s distressed areas. 

In recent years, as public opinion began to focus more intently on persistent poverty along the I-95 Corridor (the so called “Corridor of  Shame”), PDG concluded that if the State was to  significantly improve  its competitiveness, persistent poverty in those counties along the I-95 Corridor must be eradicated.

Consequently, PDG committed to develop and implement a Strategic Framework designed to  significantly reduce persistent poverty in South Carolina in counties along the I-95 Corridor.

Brief Background

Addressing Persistent  Poverty Along the I-95 Corridor

                                          The PDG

                                 Strategic Framework