About The Oconee Economic Alliance
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
As President of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Annie 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.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Annie joins the OEA team after working as a Project Manager at South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Tyler James is a South Carolina native, growing up in Laurens SC. He attended Anderson University for his undergrad and Clemson University for his MBA. He started his career working for Congressman Jeff Duncan as his Regional Director here in South Carolina for a number of years before entering the finance world in 2019. After 2 years in the industry, Tyler decided to return to the world of government work and begin his career in economic development, something he has always been passionate about.
Tyler married his wife Katelin in October of last year and now lives in Seneca. He is an avid hiker and backpacker and loves spending time in the Oconee mountains and on the Chattooga River. Some of his hobbies include BBQ judging, his is a master judge with the SC BBQ Association, and martial arts where he is a black belt in karate.
Morgan is the Marketing Manager for the Oconee Economic Alliance team. She uses her keen creative eye, experienced organizational abilities, and strong work ethic to develop strategies that will help the Oconee Economic Alliance thrive into the future. Most importantly, she supports the OEA’s mission to serve as a catalyst for long-term economic prosperity and to attract the world’s best companies, talent, and entrepreneurs to Oconee County.
A native of Anderson, South Carolina, Morgan attended Anderson University, graduating in 2016 with degree in Graphic Design. She loves spending the day at the lake with her family, and hiking with her dog, Jolene.