Published Oct. 7, 2013
The S.C. Department of Commerce announced Monday plans to launch an Office of Innovation to grow technology-based and entrepreneurial businesses.
Amy Love, who most recently served as marketing and communications director for the commerce department, will lead the new innovation department.
The innovation department will focus on the state’s effort “to grow an innovative, technology-based and entrepreneurial business environment,” according to a news release.
Love was previously part of the start-up team that launched New Carolina: South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness, and served as deputy executive director.
The commerce department also announced that Allison Skipper has joined the agency as marketing and communications director.
She previously spent nine years at the S.C. State Ports Authority in Charleston, where she most recently served as public relations manager handling external communications, media and community relations.
Skipper earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina. She has earned the accreditation in public relations designation and a professional certificate from the College of Charleston’s intermodal transportation and global logistics program.
Skipper presently serves on the boards of the Public Relations Society of America’s S.C. Chapter and the S.C. International Trade Conference.
Prior to the commerce department, Love worked in corporate communications for German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom in Europe. During graduate school, Love developed and ran the public information program for USDA Rural Development in South Carolina.
Love holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Furman University and a master’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina Class of 2007, and served on its board of trustees. Love is a fellow of the seventh class of the Liberty Fellowship.