The Development Board began as a group of business leaders in 1919. The group eventually became the State Chamber of Commerce, but it attracted the support and financial backing of state government. In 1938 the State Planning Board was created and in 1945 the Development Board became the governing board of the Department of Research, Development, and Planning.

The department’s activities were separated from the Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Its mission was to establish an adequate state-wide planning program and a state-wide program for the stimulation of economic activity to develop the potentialities of the state. In 1954 the name changed to State Development Board to foster development activity to sustain the state economy and attract industry. In 1993 the Department of Development became a division of the State Department of Commerce.

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  • A preliminary report on the clays of South Carolina 

    Sloan, Earle,1858-1926; South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 1904)
    This book discusses clays of South Carolina including the general characteristics of clays, general geological conditions, classes of clay deposits, varieties of clay, mining of clays, geological occurrence and areal ...
  • Gem stone resources of South Carolina 

    McCauley, Camilla K.; South Carolina State Development Board, Division of Geology (South Carolina State Library, 1964)
    Gem stones reported from South Carolina, from the northwestern part of the State, include beryl (aquamarine, emerald, yellow beryl), corundum (sapphire), diamond, garnet, quartz (amethyst, chalcedony, smoky, colorless), ...
  • Common clays of the coastal plain of South Carolina, and their use in structural clay products 

    Robinson, Gilbert C.; Buie, Bennett Frank, 1910-; Johnson, Henry S., 1926-; South Carolina State Development Board, Division of Geology (South Carolina State Library, 1961)
    Resources of common clay suitable for use in structural clay products are abundant in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina. The clay deposits sampled in this study are a small fraction of the deposits that exist in the ...
  • Chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina, 1945-60 

    Harris, Kerry F.; South Carolina State Development Board (South Carolina State Library, 1962)
    This publication is the third in a series of reports on the chemical character of surface waters in South Carolina. This report brings together into one volume basic data on the chemical quality of surface waters in South ...
  • Chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina, 1945-55 

    Billingsley, Granville Alton, 1916-; South Carolina State Development Board (South Carolina State Library, 1956-07-01)
    This publication is the third in a series of reports on the chemical character of surface waters in South Carolina. The investigation of the chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina was begun in 1945 by the ...
  • Chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina, 1945-50 

    Pauszek, F. H.; South Carolina Research Planning and Development Board (South Carolina State Library, 1951-07-01)
    The investigation of the chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina was begun in 1945 by the Geological Survey of the United States Department of the Interior in cooperation with the South Carolina Research, ...
  • Chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina, 1945-47 

    Lamar, William L. (William Luther), 1905-; South Carolina Research Planning and Development Board (South Carolina State Library, 1948-07-01)
    The investigation of the chemical character of surface waters of South Carolina was begun in 1945 by the Geological Survey of the United States Department of the Interior in cooperation with the South Carolina Research, ...
  • CAROLINA GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY GUIDEBOOK 

    Smith, L. N.; Johnson, H. S.; South Carolina State Development Board, Division of Geology (South Carolina State Library, 1958-11-01)
    This is a guidebook for a geological tour of Lexington and Orangeburg counties starting at the Lake Murray Dam and ending at Santee.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA STATE DEVELOPMENT BOARD ANNUAL REPORT 1974-75 

    South Carolina State Development Board (South Carolina State Library, 1975)
  • South Carolina State Development Board Nineteenth Annual Report-1963-1964 

    South Carolina State Development Board (South Carolina State Library, 1964)

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