Jamee Haley

Executive Director, Lowcountry Local First

Charleston, SC

Accelerate Collaboration, Act Local First  |  Business Network / Alliance, Community Economic Development, Food and Agriculture, Hub / Aggregator, Incubator / Accelerator, Rural Community Development

Jamee works to level the playing field for local independent businesses and farmers in order to create a more equitable and prosperous community.

A self-described Localist, Executive Director and co-founder of Lowcountry Local First Jamee Haley has been at the helm of Lowcountry Local First since inception in 2007. LLF is a non-profit based out of Charleston, SC with the mission to advocate for local-independent businesses and farmers.

Since 2007, Jamee has been responsible for developing the “Directory of Local Independent Businesses,” has produced seven successful Buy Local and Eat Local annual campaigns, worked with municipalities to adopt a local preference option, launched the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and created awareness throughout the community about the importance of supporting the Charleston economy and family farms.

In 2012, Jamee was named one of Charlie Magazine’s, ’50 Most Progressive.” In 2010 she was selected as one of 9 local economy cohorts in North America working with BALLE for a two-year Community of Practice, in 2014 The Charleston Business Journal named her as one of the ‘Most Influential Women in Business’ and in 2015 Charleston Magazine named Jamee as one of the 40 individuals who have helped to shape the city since 1975. Most recently she was selected as Charleston County’s Economic Development Ambassador for South Carolina.

Her daily affirmations of the time and energy she’s devoted to keeping the Lowcountry sustainable occurs when she watches Charleston businesses building relationships with each other to work together and offer prosperity within the community. Most recently she launched Local Works a collaborative co-working facility for local entrepreneurs.

Impact

  • Grew membership to over 600 businesses representing over 16,000 employees
  • Trained over 150 new farmers through our Growing New Farmers program
  • Established Local Works co-working facility to enable entrepreneurs to come together in a collaborative, creative environment
  • Developed the GOOD Business Summit, an annual event to bring forth the most innovative business models to show how business can be used as a force for good
  • Working with community members and local leaders to address the homogenization of our city
  • Launched the first incubator farm in the state of South Carolina with six new farmers working on ten acres, sharing resources and equipment while providing mentorship.