Eric K. Miller
Senior Vice President of Business Development
+1 804 343 6968
Eric Miller is a native of Columbia, S.C., and has approximately 20 years of progressive, professional economic development experience at the local, regional and state level.
Eric began his economic development career as a Project Manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce (SCDOC). During his seven-year tenure at SCDOC, culminating in his promotion to Senior Project Manager, Eric lead a team of regional and local stakeholders responsible for announcing over 50 new companies, totaling more than $800 million in new capital investment and creating more than 8,000 new jobs. In 2003, Eric was recognized by Southern Business & Development Magazine for announcing one of the top five projects for new job creation in the Southeast.
When SCDOC decided to ramp up its efforts to recruit the life sciences industry, Eric was selected to be the point person for that initiative. In that role, Eric actively led the recruitment process of numerous life sciences related projects, with a cumulative value exceeding $3 billion and 3,000 new jobs. Most noteworthy was Eric’s contributions to the promulgation of legislation designed to foster an attractive and competitive business climate for the life sciences industry in South Carolina. The South Carolina Life Sciences Act, and its progeny, resulted from this effort. As a result of Eric’s role in this effort, he was invited to Tokyo, Japan, to present during the Japan BIO trade show.
At the regional level, Eric served as Director of Business Development for the Upstate SC Alliance. In this role, Eric was responsible for both the development and execution of the business development strategy, representing 15 municipalities located in Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. Eric traveled across the United States, Canada and Europe meeting with corporate executives, site location consultants and other influencers to generate foreign and domestic investment opportunities for the Upstate South Carolina region.
The highlight of Eric’s tenure at the Upstate South Carolina Alliance occurred in 2010 when the region was recognized as accounting for half of the state’s total capital investment ($3.5 billion) and one-third of the new announced jobs (7,000) for the year — a record that stood until 2014.
At the local level, Eric served as the Director of the Industrial Development Office, for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority, in Muskogee, Okla. In this role, Eric both recognized the need and garnered the support of his leadership, to spearhead the design, development and execution of the first facilitated investment attraction, competitiveness assessment and target industry analysis in Muskogee. The process produced recommended marketplace improvements, including product development, workforce development strategies and a timeline for implementation, thereby enhancing Muskogee’s competitive value proposition for new investment and job creation.
Eric returned to regional economic development when he accepted the role of Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Hampton Roads (Va.) Economic Development Alliance (HREDA). During his tenure at HREDA, Eric oversaw the region’s comprehensive strategic planning process. In alignment with the strategic plan, Eric revamped HREDA’s domestic and international lead generation model to be more data centric and focused on the geographies that indicated growth/need for expansion in HREDA’s target industry sectors.
After serving the Memphis (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Eric returned to Virginia as the GRP’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. Eric is charged with developing both the domestic and international investment and attraction strategy for GRP to match prospect opportunities with the region’s industry clusters and help strengthen the GRP’s relationships with entities or individuals integral to the site location decision-making process.
Eric earned both his Bachelor of Science and his Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina. He is also a graduate the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Basic Economic Development School, the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and a charter graduate of the South Carolina Advanced Economic Development Symposium.