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SCRA CEO Presents Knowledge Economist Awards

SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney today presented a Knowledge Economist Awards to Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s John Moore and Brenda Laakso. The presentations took place at the annual Innomobility conference in Greenville.

The Knowledge Economist Award, presented by SCRA to leaders whose efforts have supported and strengthened the knowledge-based economy of South Carolina, was given to both Moore and Laakso for their longstanding efforts to enable economic development and the technology-based economy through the NEXT Innovation Center in Greenville.

Moore is a Greenville, SC native and serves as Executive Vice President at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He has helped to develop and manage the ACCELERATE! and NEXT Innovation Center programs to encourage economic growth. Laakso serves as Vice President at the Chamber and was part of the team that founded and manages the NEXT Innovation Center.

"SCRA is committed to the continued growth of South Carolina's Knowledge Economy and we are delighted to recognize these two individuals for their outstanding commitment and energy which has brought innovation and development to the Greenville-area," said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. "It is through the leadership and efforts of individuals such as John and Brenda, working together to build and strengthen our Knowledge Economy and economic stability, that we will continue shape a stronger economy for our state."

About SCRA


SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 29 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $1.5 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA’s cumulative impact on South Carolina’s economy to be over $14 billion.

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