FLORENCE, S.C. – Joe W. King received the Public Servant of the Year Award presented at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday at the Florence Center for his service to the community.
King is executive director of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership.
King said the award came as a shock.
“It is a very humbling feeling,” he said. “I am very honored and thankful for Dr. Carter and the chamber.”
King said the accomplishment would not have been possible without his staff.
Carter said King has spent nearly 18 years as executive director of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, a time in which Florence County has seen significant growth economically. He said some of the companies that have either expanded their operations or broken ground in the County during that time include: GE Healthcare, International Knife and Saw, Wellman Plastics, Steel Fab, Assurant, Otis, Ruiz Foods, Niagara, QVC, Charles Ingram Lumber, Roche, Thermo Fisher, Patheon, ABB, Honda, Pepsi, Clarios (Johnson Controls), W. Lee Flowers, Fed EX, ICE Recycling, Performance Foods, South East Express, East Coast Erosion, David C. Poole Company, McCAll Farms, Westrock, Innovative Construction Group, Buc-ee’s and most recently Cheney Brothers.