CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 10, 2017) – The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Opportunity SC conference at the Doubletree in historic downtown Charleston. The three-day convention is one of the state’s largest community development forums and will showcase examples of innovative solutions for low-wealth communities and sustainable growth.   

“Over the past 17 years, SCACED and Opportunity SC have welcomed more than 5,000 attendees representing almost every county in the state,” said SCACED President & CEO Bernie Mazyck. “Once again, we have innovative speakers and thought leaders who will engage attendees in discussions on top economic development practices.”

The Opportunity SC agenda highlights include:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6: Housing & Community Development
  • Thursday, Dec. 7: Asset Building & Wealth Creation
  • Friday, Dec. 8: Capital & Finance

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Andrea Levere, President of Prosperity Now (Formerly Corporation for Enterprise Development), a private nonprofit organization. Levere is an expert in expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and disadvantaged communities through financial inclusion and capability, matched savings, entrepreneurship, and affordable housing.

  • Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope Credit Union Enterprise Cooperation has more than three decades of advancing economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations.  Bynum has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on community development and financial service matters, including serving for ten years as Chairman of the Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board. He currently serves as Chairman of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board.

Tickets to Opportunity SC start at $210 for SCACED members and $285 for non-members while one-day tickets are available for $100. For more information and to register, visit the event website or call (843) 579-9855. Ticket sales end on Dec. 1.


The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is a coalition of individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. SCACED members work collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents while many efforts are focused on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream. For more information and to become a member, visit or call (843)579-9855.

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