Meet Our Professionals

Mark G. Simmons

Senior Principal
Columbia | 803.253.6847
Fax | 803.255.8017

Mark Simmons leads the Site Selection and Economic Development division of Parker Poe Consulting. As part of our site selection services, he initiates all client engagements, leads the site selection processes, facilitates corporate/public meetings and develops and implements incentive negotiation strategies. Within our economic development services, Mark's work involves advising state, local and regional economic development organizations with all aspects of their economic development efforts, including operations, product development, marketing and communications as well as incentive offerings and policies.

Prior to joining Parker Poe Consulting, Mark served as the Executive Vice President for the Central South Carolina Alliance for more than 15 years. The Alliance is a nonprofit, public/private partnership charged with the economic development and industrial recruitment duties and responsibilities for a nine-county area within the Midlands of South Carolina. He has served in various other positions over the last 25+ years within the field of economic development in both North Carolina and South Carolina. During his career, Mark has been directly involved in assisting in the recruitment and expansion of industries which have accounted for $11 billion in new capital investment and the creation of more than 75,000 new jobs. 

Featured Experience

  • Assists both domestic and international clients with corporate relocation, site selection and business expansion projects
  • Assists businesses in structuring economic development incentive agreements with state and local governments as well as other project stakeholders



  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), International Economic Development Council
  • SC Certified Economic Developer, 2002
  • University of Oklahoma, Economic Development Institute, Graduate
  • University of South Carolina, Post-Graduate Studies, Economic Development
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Post-Graduate Studies, Economic Development
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Post-Graduate Studies, Economic Development
  • Clemson University, Guest Lecturer
  • Tate Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston, Guest Lecturer


  • South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA), Past President & Member