May 2 & 3, 2023 (GMT-4) // Rock Hill, South Carolina

2023 South Carolina Community Capital Conference

Forget What You Thought You Knew: A New Vision of an Old Town

Forget What You Thought You Knew: 

A New Vision of an Old Town

The statewide conference will highlight innovations in impact investing, and creative community financing tools as well as identify new capital sources to support community economic development in South Carolina.

On May 2, 2023, mobile workshops will be held focusing on the following tours.

  • Knowledge Park Tour: A mix-used redevelopment of a former textile mill
  • Downtown Civil Rights Tour: Friendship 9 Freedom Walkway
  • Southside Revitalization Tour: Affordable Housing & Clinton College (HBCU)

Panel discussions will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. These carefully curated breakout sessions are designed to educate, inform, reinforce, and introduce attendees to innovative and sustainable solutions to further the work of community development financing as well as explore the industry’s best practices.

“True community development is fostered by leaders with a clear vision.”

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Dr. Tonya M. Matthews
Dr. Tonya M. Matthews

President and CEO, International African American Museum (IAAM)

Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed
Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed

Federal Co-Chair at Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

Karama Neal, PhD
Karama Neal, PhD

Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service at Rural Development, USDA

Presentations & Discussions

Meet Our Panelists

China Boak Terrell
China Boak Terrell

CEO of American Communities Trust

Jeanne Milliken Bonds
Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Professor of Practice, Impact Investment, & Sustainable Finance at UNC Kenan Flagler Business School

John Gettys
John Gettys

Mayor at City of Rock Hill

Rev. Richard Joyner
Rev. Richard Joyner

CNN Hero, Founder & Chairman of the Board at Conetoe Family Life Center

Tara Sherbert
Tara Sherbert

Chief Executive Officer at Moxie Investment Funds, TMS Development, and Sherbert Consulting, Inc.

Justin Smith
Justin Smith

Partner at Hoppin' RH Development Group

Gary Williams
Gary Williams

Founder & Chairman of the Board at Williams & Fudge, Inc.

Tadean Page
Tadean Page

Community Development Coordinator at the City of Rock Hill

Agenda at a Glance

Conference Sponsors


The South Carolina Community Capital Alliance

We are a CDFI network of community development stakeholders with a mission to support South Carolina’s undercapitalized communities.

We provide training opportunities to support a network of community development finance organizations. The Alliance raises, leverages, and aligns capital for community economic development, identifies gaps in community development financing, and facilitates co-lending opportunities between and among community development financial institutions (CDFI)s for qualified projects.

Premier Sponsor

South State Bank

At SouthState Bank, we’re committed to innovative solutions that make our customers’ lives easier and more convenient.

Exclusive Session Sponsor

City of Rock Hill, SC

Rock Hill, South Carolina is a business-savvy blend of historic charm and responsibly implemented expansion. The city is located in the north-central area of South Carolina approximately 20 miles south of Charlotte, NC along the I-77 corridor. Rock Hill is a growing community of nearly 75,000 residents. Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, SC, and the only major South Carolina city in the Charlotte area.


Taking care to make things better
We believe in the power of what we can achieve together.

What drives us
At Truist, our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities. That happens through real care to make things better. To meet client needs, to empower teammates, and to lift up communities.

Exclusive Mobile Workshop Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Building a stronger, better company

Our aim is to serve customers at the highest standards

Mobile Workshop Co-Sponsors

Pinnacle Financial Partners

To be the best financial services firm and the best place to work in the Southeast.

Woodforest National Bank

Woodforest is a community bank built upon the needs of the customers we serve. We are committed to earning customer loyalty by offering the highest level of customer service as well as competitive products and services by employees who are fair, responsive, and professional.

REV Federal Credit Union

At REV, we believe that being a catalyst for good is about more than offering the best products and pricing. It’s about developing a culture that’s passionate about building healthy communities. Our focus is on creating relationships well beyond the transaction. That’s why REV actively supports local initiatives that help #UPTHEGOOD by powering sponsorships, community projects, and empowering the financial well-being of its members. That’s #REVlife, and that’s how we roll!


The best in us starts with you

Because it’s you—and all the rest of our customers, colleagues and community members—who inspire us to do what we do. We’re so glad you’re here.

Reception Sponsors

Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union

First and foremost, we are LOCAL, but we stay with you wherever life takes you. At CFFCU we are all about community. We proudly serve our members in the Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney areas together with the employees of more than 125 local companies.

We make local decisions, and we support the communities in which we serve. But if you need us across the United States, we are with you through our partnership with the Co-Op ATM Network offering more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs along with 5,000 shared branches for your in-person service needs. We also offer you in-branch services as well as the latest in mobile banking options.

In addition, we were recently named one of the top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in the US by Deposit Accounts by LendingTree.

Optus Bank

At Optus, our origins date back to 1921 when a group of visionary and courageous African American leaders founded Victory Savings Bank on the principle that all people should have access to the American Dream, not just those born into the “right” circumstances.

We are committed to helping all people build wealth and improve their lives, regardless of their background or situation.

We offer innovative ways to manage, move, save and borrow money for individuals and small businesses with the goal of ensuring that wealth building is not just for the wealthy.

Unlike traditional financial institutions that seek to solely maximize the financial returns for their shareholders, we strive to balance the needs of all stakeholders – our customers, communities, employees and shareholders.

We hope you will join us in our efforts to make capitalism work for all people. Whether you are just getting started on your wealth building journey or you are already on the way, we would like the opportunity to serve you.

Optus is a federally designated Minority Depository Institution and a U.S. Treasury Certified Community Development Financial Institution.

SC Community Loan Fund

We are a Community Development Financial Institution providing equitable access to capital and financing projects and small businesses that build healthy, resilient South Carolina communities.


Family Trust exists for one reason — You.

Minority Business Networking Mixer Partners

City of Rock Hill, SC

Rock Hill, South Carolina is a business-savvy blend of historic charm and responsibly implemented expansion. The city is located in the north-central area of South Carolina approximately 20 miles south of Charlotte, NC along the I-77 corridor. Rock Hill is a growing community of nearly 75,000 residents. Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, SC and the only major South Carolina city in the Charlotte area.

The Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill

The Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill (B.E.L.L.) exists to grow diverse and equitable business practices that promote the value of inclusive, innovative, progressive policies in economic growth and development, by fostering entrepreneurship, creating jobs, equitable distribution of city resources and leadership opportunities to help the City of Rock Hill achieve its goals.

Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation

The Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (RHEDC) is a non-profit organization committed to representing the business, educational, and community interests of the city while promoting jobs and supporting growth.

SC Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED)

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is a coalition of individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. Our members work collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents, and many of our efforts are focused on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream.

South Carolina Community Navigator Program

SCACED serves as the Hub for the SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program while overseeing 8 Spoke organizations. The program intends to measure its impact through training, counseling, capital, and technical assistance to minority micro and small business owners. This program seeks to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the state of South Carolina.


At the Richmond Fed, we’re driven by our public service mission to strengthen the economy and the communities we serve within the Fifth District, which includes the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia, most of West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Our work includes fostering a healthy economy through monetary policy, ensuring our nation’s financial system is safe, and providing a secure and efficient way to transfer funds electronically. We also regularly connect with community and business leaders throughout our District to understand local economic conditions, including the challenges and opportunities present in low- and moderate-income communities as well as in rural areas and small towns.

To learn more about our work, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.



For more than 170 years, we have been committed to providing our clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. We are proud of our longstanding history of supporting not only our customers but also our communities, employees and shareholders.