What is the Palmetto Project?


Our mission is to identify innovative approaches to social and economic challenges facing South Carolina, and put them into action throughout the state.

Through special partnerships with governments, businesses, civic groups, schools, and religious organizations, we strive to bring a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit to the work of building successful communities.

We are all about innovation

The Palmetto Project is all about New Ideas. We are entrepreneurs.

We are not a government agency or a private business. We are an independent, non-profit initiative. Our funding comes from many sources, but mostly from individual citizens who believe in the potential of our state.

We were founded in 1984 by leaders of the state’s business community who believed that every problem we face in this state has a solution. They brought together civic leaders, educational institutions, corporations, and governmental agencies to rethink our approach to everything from health care to education, from election reform to race relations.

Since that time we have been the catalyst for over 200 successful public-private partnerships that have helped change South Carolina for the better. Many of these ideas have been even been replicated in other states and other countries.

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