The Charleston region’s commitment to economic development has been rewarded with positive economic growth. Natural beauty, world-class culture and historic charm have made the area a popular destination for visitors, as well as for business investment. With a fast-growing population, a technically skilled workforce, efficient access to the global marketplace, and a diverse portfolio of real estate options, Charleston offers the right advantages for business success.View Map METRO FDI PLAN
Charleston was recently ranked 9th among top U.S. metros for high FDI intensity, with foreign-owned firms offering 7.2% of jobs, compared to 5% for the U.S. by the June 2014 Brookings Global Cities Initiative Report.
Charleston took home Travel & Leisure's top honor for favorite North American City and #2 City in the World for its inviting hotels, excellent dining, and unique historical attractions.
The Charleston metro continues to experience unprecedented business growth, with both multinational corporations and startups taking advantage of our globally competitive business environment.
Nearly 180+ firms in the Charleston region are owned by parent companies outside the U.S. These firms represent about 30 countries and locally employ approximately 16,000 people. Leading Companies
The Charleston region’s market is experiencing incredible growth in all occupations – at rates nearly double the state’s and nation’s, and we’re continually building a strong pipeline of technically skilled workers. Meet our Workforce