AN INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION

FOR BUSINESS & TALENT

Global trade and investment are driving the Charleston region's continued success. From the Port of Charleston to the automotive industry to tourism, Charleston's industries are global in nature - with international competitors, supply chains, R&D, and talent.

Attracting and supporting foreign direct investment (FDI) is a foundational element of our market's global competitiveness.

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#1
North American City 6 years in a row (Condé Nast Traveler)
#2
Best Business Climate in the U.S. (Site Selection Magazine 2016)
#5
For Prime Workforce (Area Development 2014)
#9
For FDI Intensity based on FOE Employment (Brookings 2015)
#9
For FDI Strategy based on Promoting FDI (fDi Magazine 2015)

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Global Companies

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Being a global community means we welcome companies and individuals from all over the world. More than 175 multinational firms operate in the Charleston metro. You’re in good company here.

SOUTH CAROLINA IS AN FDI “NATIONAL CHAMPION” (fDi Magazine 2016)



Flag size represents the total number of companies for each country of origin within a specific county. Locations are only a representation of operations in the county and are not meant to show a specific location.

EMPLOYMENT IN CHARLESTON FROM FOREIGN-OWNED FIRMS



5%
Private Sector Jobs
32%
  Manufacturing Jobs

SOURCE: Charleston Center for Business Research 2016

LANDING PAD PROGRAM

Entering a new market can be daunting, and we want to make it as easy as possible. The CRDA provides resources and extra support for international companies taking their first steps into the U.S. market.

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING

With a cost of living near the U.S. average, the Charleston metro offers an affordable cost of living, especially when compared to other fast-growing communities. This is a vibrant place to live, work, and play, with a range of housing options for every budget and lifestyle.

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AVAILABLE SITES & BUILDINGS

We hope you find buildings/sites that accommodate your needs, and we also encourage you to contact the CRDA to ensure you are aware of all options that fit your unique project parameters, including startup and co-working spaces.

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