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The Southern Palmetto Regional Chamber of Commerce has expanded its team as they prepare to launch a business innovation center.

Bob Snead was recently hired as the new Program Coordinator to spearhead the development of the Palmetto Innovation Center at 218 Main Street in Barnwell.

"I’m so ecstatic to be able to support entrepreneurs and business owners in Barnwell and Allendale with resources and opportunities to grow their businesses,” said Snead, a native of Charleston. “While technology and creativity will be at the core of much of what we do at the Innovation Center, as a serial entrepreneur myself, I look forward to developing programs that support all aspects of businesses while making a significant contribution to the economic ecosystem that helps the region thrive.”

He is a Cum Laude graduate of the College of Charleston and founder of Redux Contemporary Art Center. He remained founding director of the organization until 2005, when he left to pursue graduate studies at Yale University. After receiving his Master of Fine Art in 2007, he spent the next two years developing community-based art projects across North America. From 2010 to 2020, he lived and worked in New Orleans, building the creator-driven programs of Antenna as executive director alongside helping grow his wife Dawn’s bakery cafe, Shake Sugary.

Bob, Dawn, and their daughter Isabelle moved back to South Carolina in 2020 to be closer to extended family while restoring an 1880's historic home on Main Street in Barnwell. The home restoration project was started by his mother, the late Gara Snead.

In addition to Bob’s work in supporting local businesses with the Chamber, he has a rigorous art practice which you can see featured on the PBS series Art Assignment.

“We feel fortunate to have Bob join the Chamber team at this pivotal point in our development,” said Terri Smith, executive director of Southern Palmetto Regional Chamber. “His relocation to Barnwell in 2020 with extensive knowledge in organizational development, entrepreneurship, and creative uses of technology certainly felt like a ‘God Wink’ and I’m looking forward to his help in growing our efforts to support local businesses.”

The grand opening of the Palmetto Innovation Center will take place later this spring.