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Darla Moore, James Fields To Speak at FMU

FLORENCE---Florence County natives Darla Moore and James Fields, representing the Palmetto Institute, will be guest speakers for a forum Thursday, Nov. 21, at Francis Marion University.

 Sponsored by the FMU Master’s of Business Administration Alumni Chapter, the presentation will be at 8 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center Auditorium.  The presentation will be open to the public.

 The topic for the presentation is “Strategies for Economic Development in South Carolina and the Pee Dee.”

 Moore, a native and resident of Lake City, is a partner and executive vice president of Rainwater, Inc., one of the largest private investment firms in the U.S.  She is a University of South Carolina graduate with a master’s in business administration from George Washington University. 

She is the chairwoman of the Palmetto Institute, an economic research group formed about a year ago to establish “a business, political, social and educational environment” that increases the per capita income of South Carolina.  Members of the Palmetto Institute include South Carolina business, civic and academic leaders, including Don Herriott, president and general manager of Roche Carolina, Inc.

 Fields is the executive director of the Palmetto Institute that recently released a report about the state of the South Carolina economy and highlighting major areas the state needs to improve.  Fields was born in Florence and is a graduate of Clemson University and the USC Law School.  He served as the attorney of the Senate Judiciary Committee and clerk of the Senate in Columbia from the mid-1980s until the mid-1990s, before joining the McNair Law Firm. 

 M. Barry O’Brien, dean of FMU’s School of Business, said the presentation at FMU is “timely and important because of concerns about South Carolina’s economy.”  He also said that one of the objectives of the School of Business is “to sponsor and conduct service activities that enhance the community’s economic and industrial development.” 

O’Brien said that events such as this “establish our graduates and the School of Business as participants in economic development in the Pee Dee region.”  Annie Brown is chair of FMU’s M.B.A. Alumni Chapter.  There are nearly 150 students who’ve earned graduate degrees in business from FMU. 

 For more information about the FMU forum, contact the FMU School of Business, phone 843-661-1419.  For more information about the Palmetto Institute, visit its web site at

#63 / 11-6-02

Last Published: April 14, 2004 8:00 AM
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