In February 2016, members of the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) voted to change the name of the local business association which has been in existence since the mid 1980s. The organization is now known as the Palmetto Business Association (PBA).

GWBA/PBA president Mike Simpson said the change is part of an effort to make the association more inclusive of businesses and other possible members located outside Williamston, including those in nearby West Pelzer and Pelzer.

Being more inclusive of area towns and businesses was the greatest reason given for supporting a name change.

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