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Mark Simmons Joins Parker Poe Consulting

  • August 03, 2011

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)—Longtime economic development leader Mark G. Simmons will be joining Parker Poe Consulting as a Principal, heading up the company’s Economic Development Division, according to an announcement made today by the Parker Poe law firm.

A native of Columbia and summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University (BA and MS in city and regional planning), Simmons has more than 25 years’ experience in the economic development field, most recently serving as the executive vice president for the Central South Carolina Alliance. During his career, Simmons has been directly involved in assisting in the recruitment and expansion of industries which have accounted for over $11 billion in new capital investment and the creation of over 75,000 new jobs.

“I am tremendously pleased to be joining Parker Poe Consulting,” Simmons said, “and I look forward to putting my knowledge and experience to work assisting both public and private sector clients with their economic development and site selection needs.”

Headquartered in Columbia, Parker Poe Consulting is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Parker Poe law firm.

Ray E. Jones, a partner in Parker Poe’s Columbia office, said, “We are extremely pleased that Mark is bringing his exceptional talents and outstanding reputation to Parker Poe Consulting, which will enable us to provide the highest level of economic development and site selection services to our clients.”

About Parker Poe Consulting LLC
Parker Poe Consulting LLC is a South Carolina limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. Parker Poe Consulting offers a full complement of services, including lobbying, legislative monitoring, economic development and site selection consulting, crisis management and image counseling, to support some of the Southeast's most prestigious companies as well as providing valuable state-level counsel to global companies. Clients include healthcare companies, public utilities, manufacturing companies, higher education institutions, counties and municipalities as well as association management, among others. To learn more, please visit
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About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has 230 lawyers in six offices located in major markets across South Carolina and North Carolina. The Firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters. It has been recognized in recent years as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States and as an award-winning leader in the use of technology to provide better and more efficient service to domestic and international clients.