Bluffton Seeks Applicants for Don Ryan Center for Innovation, City Boards

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The Don Ryan Center for Innovation is a private-public partnership between Bluffton, Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development, and CareCore National, LLC. Image: via Facebook.

It was recently announced that Bluffton, South Carolina is seeking applicants to be on the town’s two economic boards of development—the Bluffton Public Development Corporation and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation.

Bluffton is looking for a wide variety of skilled business professionals, including experienced business owners, managers, entrepreneurs, commercial real estate developers, and economic development professionals.

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation will celebrate its three-year anniversary in May of this year. The center is a private-public partnership between Bluffton, Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development, and CareCore National, LLC. CareCore National is led by CEO John J. Arlotta and has an influential board of directors, including Robbert Vorhoff of General Atlantic. This solid foundation of leadership and direction has led CareCore National to become a very successful healthcare provider.

The Bluffton Public Development Corporation is a public corporation established in late 2012 by town leaders to pursue economic development within Bluffton. According to their website, their mission is to “accept, sell, develop, mortgage, and transfer real and personal property including development rights.”

However, unlike all of the other boards and commissions in Bluffton, interested applicants for these positions do not need to be Bluffton citizens. Removing the requirement of applicants being Bluffton citizens greatly increases the amount of qualified professionals who can apply for these positions.

“While these organizations are an arm of the town of Bluffton, recruiting companies with primary, knowledge-based jobs to our area has a ripple, regional effect,” said Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka. “We are seeking business leaders who are interested in the economic advancement of our town, region, and state.”

Applications for these positions can be found at Bluffton’s website. The deadline for applications is April 30th, and should be turned in to Kim Chapman at kchapman@townofbluffton.com.

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