Who We Are

About OEA

The Oconee Economic Alliance (OEA) is a public-private nonprofit dedicated to bringing jobs and capital investment to Oconee County. Serving as the Economic Development arm of Oconee County, the OEA focuses on increasing per capita income, diversifying the local tax base and generating awareness of Oconee County as a business location. Going beyond the stereotypical role of recruitment and retention of industry, the OEA also assists with downtown revitalization of our municipalities. This additional focus on quality of life and sense of place gives the OEA a unique perspective to analyze economic development from multiple angles. With workforce becoming such an important part of economic development, the OEA understands the importance of creating a community that people of all ages will want to call home today and in the future.

Meet the OEA Staff

Janet Hartman

Executive Director

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As the Executive Director of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Janet is charged with promoting economic growth through business retention and expansion, focusing on new business recruitment, developing industrial real estate product, supporting workforce development efforts and marketing Oconee County as a destination of choice for business.

Janet joined the Oconee Economic Alliance in March of 2016 as the Manager of Destination Oconee, which is a comprehensive marketing and tourism based plan with a specific focus on downtown development and place making.  The Think Oconee initiative was created from this plan and has been an important tool to promote the quality of life in Oconee County.

What do you consider yourself an expert of? Expert at having the best poker face.
Describe your life in 5 words or less. Change is a constant!
What is your “fun fact?” I have 13 siblings, all from the same set of parents!

Emily Hodge

Research and Existing Industry Manager

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Emily Hodge serves as the Research and Existing Industry Manager for the Oconee Economic Alliance. She is responsible for research and data requests, business retention and expansion, and industry recruitment. She also manages the property database for economic development properties and assists in product development efforts for Oconee County’s industrial properties.

Emily has her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sweet Briar College. She went on to briefly work in the banking industry in her hometown of Asheboro, North Carolina before moving to Oconee County in 2013.

What do you consider yourself an expert of? Staining white shirts within the first 3 hours of wearing them. *Sigh.
Describe your life in 5 words or less. Don’t worry, be happy.
What is your “fun fact?” I stood through HOURS of rain at Churchill Downs to watch Justify begin his Triple Crown sweep at the wettest Kentucky Derby on record.

Morgan Holcomb

Graphic Designer

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Morgan Holcomb serves as the Graphic Designer for the Oconee Economic Alliance (OEA). A native of Anderson, SC, and a graduate of Anderson University, she is responsible for managing concepts, design, and production of marketing collateral, presentations, graphics, and other creative materials for the OEA. She also manages Think Oconee, a lifestyle campaign, and is the staff liaison to SURGE, Oconee County’s new young professional initiative.

What do you consider yourself an expert of? Being the President of the “I Hate Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Curlz Club.”
Describe your life in 5 words or less. I never meet a stranger!
What is your “fun fact?” I have gone 180 mph in a 1940 Chevy (modified of course)!

Meet Our Board of Directors

Executive Board

Zach Hinton, Chairman

Zach Hinton is a native of Pickens, South Carolina and a graduate of Wofford College. Following several years working as a police officer and for a US Representative, Zach took his talents to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. As the Vice President of Economic Development and Support Services, Mr. Hinton works alongside many BREC partners forming strategies to bring new companies and opportunities to Upstate, South Carolina. Zach is also in charge of a BREC renewable energy initiative involving solar power. Zach, along with his wife, son, and dog, still call Pickens home.

Christine Tedesco, Vice Chair

Christine Tedesco is the owner of RSCT architecture + design, a commercial architecture firm that combines traditional design with a modern sensibility. An ’82, ’85, and M ’90 graduate of Clemson University, Christine’s love for creating has led her to over 40 years in the industry. Celebrating over 20 years in business, Tedesco also pursues creative goals outside of work and has become well-known for her skills in textile arts. As a strong advocate for women in architecture and construction, she mentors young architects at her practice and works with various stakeholders creating opportunities for women in the industry. Residing in Pendleton, Mrs. Tedesco remains involved in her community, serving on the board of the Clemson Chamber of Commerce, United Community Bank, working with Leadership Pendleton, and serving as the Vice-Chair of the Board for the Oconee Economic Alliance.

Kyle Thomas, Secretary

Mr. Kyle Thomas is a graduate of Clemson University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He serves as the President and CEO of Blue Ridge Bank and has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Kyle has spent much of his career in Upstate, South Carolina and has served in multiple roles at the South Carolina Bankers Association, including Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, member of the Community Bankers Council, and member of the Federal Legislative Committee. Mr. Thomas is actively involved in the community as a current board member of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Vice-Chairman of the Prisma Health  Hospice of the Foothills, a member of Seneca Rotary Club, and a former chairman of the Oconee Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Thomas is a native of Pickens County, and he, his wife and children reside in Clemson.




  • Advocates for Quality Development
  • BB&T
  • Bob Hill Realty
  • Carlisle Associates, Inc.
  • Community First Bank
  • Denham-Blythe Company, Inc.
  • ECS Carolinas
  • Edwards Auto Sales
  • Field Insurance Agency
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Froehling & Robertson
  • Gel Engineering, LLC
  • Goldie Associates
  • Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
  • JET Commercial, LLC
  • Keowee Key Property Owner’s Association, Inc.
  • McCrory Construction
  • McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
  • Morgan Insurance Agency
  • Nova Engineering & Environmental, LLC
  • Patillo Construction Corporation
  • Print It!
  • S&ME
  • South State Bank
  • TD Bank
  • Technology Solutions
  • Terracon Consultants, Inc.
  • WK Dickson & Co., Inc.

Talk to Janet Hartman

Interested in becoming an OEA Investor?
Call Janet at 1-864-364-5556