A veteran industrial recruiter who has helped woo the likes of Boeing and Google to the Charleston region has won the top economic development job in neighboring Colleton County.

Heyward Horton was named to succeed the retiring Peter Arnoti as Colleton's economic development director effective Jan. 17, it was announced today.

Horton currently is in charge of global business attraction for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, which promotes the three-county area as a jobs destination. He has been a senior project manager with the public-private group since its founding in 1995.