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Matthew Van Patton was born and raised in Greer, S.C. and he makes his home there today.
Since 2005 he has been president and managing partner of a government relations firm called Palmetto Public Affairs, Inc. where he works with three partners. The company does lobbying work, but also specializes in organizational development, grant writing, and economic development. He says his company has accomplished many things including developing an economic incentive policy and having it passed into law regarding extraordinary retail facilities. They also secured a state appropriation in the amount of $300,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center, and $450,000 for the City of Greer. Another client is Spartanburg Regional, which also happens to be where he worked for nine years right after graduating from USC Upstate.
He is married to Dr. Brandi S. Van Patton, whom he calls “the love of my life” and he has one daughter Ellaree Grace, and another child due in January 2009.
Matthew graduated with a bachelor of arts in communications from USC Upstate in December 1996, and received a master of arts in strategic communications from Seton Hall University in August of 2000.
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