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York County Economic Development Welcomes Two New Team Members


YORK COUNTY, S.C. (June 13, 2024) — York County Economic Development (YCED) is excited to announce the addition of two accomplished professionals to its team. Mitch Miller joins as Deputy Director, bringing over 17 years of experience in economic development, while Jose Cervantes-Jimenez has been appointed as Research Manager, leveraging his strong background in economic analysis.

Mitch Miller, Deputy Director

Mitch Miller's extensive career in economic development has consistently fostered growth and success for organizations and communities. With a focus on investing in people and cultivating innovative ideas, Miller has a track record of driving impactful initiatives. He emphasizes creativity and is passionate about sharing it with others to tackle community challenges head-on. In his role at York County Economic Development, Miller will focus on new business development and recruiting, project management, and product development initiatives.

Miller earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography and Community & Regional Planning from Appalachian State University. His career highlights include developing a public/private partnership organization that raised over $5 million, recruiting over 5,000 new jobs to Northeast Tennessee, and establishing Region AHEAD to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, he designed the Talent Connect recruitment initiative, revitalized Downtown Johnson City with over $88 million in new investment, and founded the Meet the Mountains Festival, which attracts over 10,000 attendees annually.

"I am thrilled to join York County Economic Development and focus on business development," said Miller. "I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of York County by fostering collaboration and innovation."

Jose Cervantes-Jimenez, Research Manager

Jose Cervantes-Jimenez, a native of California who grew up in York, South Carolina, brings a strong background in economic impact analysis to his role as Research Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Winthrop University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from Murray State University.

Cervantes-Jimenez's prior experience includes conducting economic impact studies for the Carolina Thread Trail and Winthrop University. His passion for economic development was furthered through his work at The College of Business at Winthrop University, where he was involved in accreditation and budgeting.

In his new role, Cervantes-Jimenez will focus on analyzing and finding relationships in data, providing valuable information for decision-making, and conducting economic impact analyses.

"I am excited to join YCED and apply my skills in economic analysis to support the organization's mission," said Cervantes-Jimenez. "I look forward to contributing to the economic growth and development of York County."

About York County Economic Development

York County Economic Development (YCED) is the lead organization responsible for recruiting businesses, retaining and growing existing firms, and promoting and marketing York County. YCED also assists in strategic initiatives across York County focused on product development, workforce development, infrastructure improvements, and quality of life.


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