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Martha Burrows

Photo by Michaele Duke

The Williamsburg Home-Town Chamber has a new director. Martha Burrows, the lifelong citizen of Williamsburg County, took the reigns June 3, after Leslee Spivey retired as director. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has a double major in Marketing and Management and a minor in Retail. After graduating in 2016, she was hired at Nucor in Huger as a sales assistant. She was promoted to inside sales rep. “The three years I was there I got a tremendous amount of experience,” said Burrows.

Burrows said she and her husband, Jordan, moved back to Kingstree simply because they missed their small town. “The things that really fulfill somebody, like your family, your church life, your volunteer life, those were the things that were missing,” she said. “Then we started talking about children and that changed the game. It just made sense for us to come home.” She is the daughter of Olivia and Robert McClary, who is Williamsburg County Veterans Affairs Director.

Under Spivey’s direction, the Chamber has seen growth in its membership, expanding community presence and programs and encouraging new business to locate in the area and promoting existing businesses. Burrows is confident she will fill those shoes. “She set it up really nice for me,” said Burrows. “She’s been fantastic.”

Burrows said because of the current momentum there’s plenty of room for exciting ventures such as co-hosting with the Town of Kingstree three Art Walks in the fall. The walk expands on an earlier chamber event where musicians and artists will set-up inside businesses and along the sidewalks throughout the town. “There’s so much potential here and we have a lot of momentum now with the Main Street project and a lot of new people in the town and Tiffany (Wright) as the new supervisor, so I really think, if there ever was a time for us to make changes, I think now is the perfect time.”