Impacts of Sustainable Heritage Management on the Local Economy of South Carolina

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Investing in the heritage of communities can have considerable impacts on their local economy. The experience of the St. Augustine Foundation, the Joara Foundation, and the Santa Elena Foundation in Beaufort, South Carolina show how history and culture-based hospitality can become economic engines to create new jobs.  With the establishment of the Santa Elena History Center in Beaufort County, South Carolina, new visitors are coming to the area. The visitor center has become a magnet for tourism, now a hub that connects historic locations in the coastal South Carolina Lowcountry and sites across the South-eastern United States.  The resulting economic benefits derive from increased tourism, discovery of the area by a larger number of domestic and international visitors, linking the cultural bridge to European heritage, and direct capital investments by the business community.  We invite you to join us to find out about the impact that these historic places are having on local economic development.

There is a rich history and great untold story of the arrival of Europeans on Parris Island, South Carolina. In 1566, from the location of the Santa Elena archaeological site, Spanish Captain Juan Pardo led a team of explorers into the interior where he established Fort San Juan in the foothills of modern-day North Carolina.  Led by Pedro Menendez de Avilés, the men and women that arrived at Santa Elena braved the journey to La Florida and founded St. Augustine, America’s first city.


Shaun Mann, Senior Investment Policy Officer, GTCCS


Andrew J. Beall, Executive Director of the Santa Elena Foundation

Megan Meyer, Director of Development for the Santa Elena Foundation


Stewart Roadman, Vice Chairman of the Beaufort County Council

David Moore, Professor at Warren Wilson College in Asheville

Michael Francis, Professor and Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies, University of South Florida





This event is in partnership with EUNIC Program 2016: Protecting Our Heritage. EUNIC, European Union National Institutes for Culture's mission is to promote European values and to contribute to cultural diversity inside and outside of the EU through collaboration between European cultural institutes. EUNIC’s aim is to expand the role of culture in Europe and to strengthen cultural dialogue, exchange and sustainable cooperation worldwide.

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    Feb 26, 2016 12:30 PM EDT (America/New_York)
  • End Time:

    Feb 26, 2016 2:00 PM EDT (America/New_York)
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    MC 5 - 100

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