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Graham to lead state commerce department’s Europe office

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 14, 2012

The South Carolina Department of Commerce said Ford Graham will lead the state economic development agency’s Europe office in Munich, Germany, which spearheads commerce’s international recruitment efforts on the European continent.

Ford Graham
Ford Graham
Graham is currently the state Department of Commerce’s director of international investment. He is responsible for the international recruiting strategy, as well as leading the department in large-scale economic development efforts.

“Ford Graham’s recruitment and international experience will help commerce’s efforts to recruit in Europe. A number of our state’s largest employers are international companies, so his presence in Europe will have real impact,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Graham has been with the agency since 2008, and is responsible for more than 60 projects statewide, resulting in commitments of more than 6,500 new jobs and $2.6 billion in new investment, the agency stated.

Prior to working at the commerce department, Graham worked as general counsel for a real estate development and investment firm, and served as a law clerk in the 5th and 14th Judicial Circuits of South Carolina.

Graham received his law degree and international masters of business administration degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and Moore School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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