Greetings from the Director
Thank you for your interest in Berkeley County, the gateway to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
Our beautiful and quickly-growing county has become a very popular relocation destination for businesses and families alike. In fact, Berkeley County is the fastest-growing county in South Carolina and the 40th fastest-growing county in the entire nation since 2010. Berkeley County’s rich history, friendly people, year-round cultural and recreational opportunities, overall quality of life and having the lowest county government millage rate in the state make Berkeley County a desirable place to work, live and raise a family.
Berkeley County offers abundant opportunities for businesses. Conveniently located, Berkeley County has tremendous access to rail and two major interstates and is just minutes from the Port of Charleston. Along with a well-trained workforce, Berkeley County offers deep water sites for industrial use, diverse structures and plentiful building sites for business and industry.
Berkeley County’s strong, pro-business environment is heavily supported by our County Supervisor Bill Peagler, County Council and countywide elected county officials. Berkeley County is a strong member of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), a tri-county economic development and marketing organization serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties and whose membership include a diverse group of businesses and industries from around the world that proudly call the region their home.
In short, Berkeley County offers an extremely desirable location to start or grow businesses and serves as one of the most competitive areas in the global marketplace.
About Director Barry Jurs
The former Economic Development Facilities Planner for Santee Cooper, Mr. Jurs has been working with South Carolina’s 46 counties, 20 electric cooperatives, SC Power Team, SC Department of Commerce, SC State Ports Authority, regional alliances and existing industries to promote economic development and job growth in South Carolina. He has been actively engaged in product development, marketing initiatives and prospect development for the location of new industry and expansion of existing industry with Berkeley County being a primary focus. Mr. Jurs is a member of the SC Economic Developers Association and the International Economic Development Council.Mr. Jurs holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Charleston and is a graduate of the Physician’s Assistant Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is active in the community and recently served as the Executive Director of the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, Vice-Chairman of the Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District and serves on the Resources Advisory Committee for the US Forest Service through an appointment by the Secretary of Agriculture for the USDA.
Mr. Jurs is a lifelong resident of Berkeley County and resides with his family in the Macbeth community.
Ron Hanna joined the Economic Development team in October of 2017 after two years working in the Berkeley County Planning Department. Mr. Hanna earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning, as well as a Political Science Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston. He has a lifelong commitment to public service having been an Eagle Scout and a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. Mr. Hanna has family roots in Berkeley County and spent an appreciable portion of his childhood in Bonneau Beach. He currently works with the Economic Development Department as a Project Manager.
Kristen Orvin Lanier
Workforce Development Manager
Kristen Lanier joined the Economic Development team in July of 2018 after serving as the Marketing and PR Coordinator for 3 years with the Berkeley County Library System. A graduate of the College of Charleston and a lifelong resident of the Town of Moncks Corner, Mrs. Lanier is proud to work and live in Berkeley County. She has a passion for community service and volunteers with several organizations and committees. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband James and son Mitchell.
Michael P. Ramsey
Existing Industries Manager
Michael Ramsey joined the Economic Development team in July of 2019 after working in the Berkeley County Assessor’s office for 22 years. Mr. Ramsey is a Certified General licensed commercial appraiser. A graduate of The Citadel and a lifelong resident of Berkeley County, he is passionate about public education and an active volunteer within his community. In his free time, he loves spending time in the Low Country with his wife and three young boys.
Hannah (Moseley) Moldenhauer
Public Information Officer
Hannah Moldenhauer is Berkeley County’s Public Information Officer. In this role, Moldenhauer serves as the spokesman for the Economic Development Office, County Government and other departments within the County. She further assists the Economic Development Office with the coordination of project announcements, groundbreakings and grand openings. Raised in South Carolina, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Moldenhauer is proud to call the Lowcountry home. After 5 years in the news industry, as an anchor and reporter, Hannah transitioned into the public information sector and was drawn to Berkeley County for its many opportunities and exciting future.
Mrs. Myra Dix serves as the Administrative Specialist in the Economic Development Office. A graduate of Davidson County Community College in North Carolina with a Degree in Paralegal Studies, Mrs. Dix worked in the legal profession for over 25 years before being selected by County Supervisor Bill Peagler to serve in her current position. Born and raised in Thomasville, North Carolina – Mrs. Dix and her family have been Berkeley County residents since 1990.