Regional Planning, Activity on the Upswing

“Great planning leads to great results” has increasingly been the philosophy behind successful economic development. That spirit guided last year’s launch of Opportunity Next, the plan facilitated by the CRDA and designed to help boost economic prosperity in the Charleston region. Numerous signs indicate this region is heading in the right direction – and organizations […]

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Region Responds to New Industrial Revolution

A recent article in the Washington Post shed new light on issues facing today’s manufacturers: often it’s not the competition from abroad that gives them heartburn, but an inability to attract tech-savvy workers to today’s “wired” shop floor is hurting their competitiveness. Focusing on a Michigan community, the article said: “A metal-parts factory here has […]

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Hitting the Airwaves and Internet

Charleston earns a good bit of glowing travel press, which helps cast a halo on the CRDA’s business attraction activities. We believe it’s just as important to tell the world that this destination is also a great place for business. One of the ways we’ve spread this message is through media tours, which put our leaders […]

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Robots and Rebooted Approaches to Learning

If a robot can shoot hoops as well as LeBron, will kids begin to see math and science as “cool?” That’s the central idea behind FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The 2012 annual brain-bending competition kicked off recently, fueled by a record number of area high schoolers (10 teams), tapping […]

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Colleges Help Regions Make the Grade

Just a generation or two ago, the entire College of Charleston student body could convene in one building. Today, more than 10,000 undergrads populate the central-city campus. And they share the stage with thousands of students at the Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel, Trident Technical College and satellite Clemson and USC programs. The growth of the […]

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Grey Skies Are Gonna Clear Up

Area Development magazine recently ran a really helpful article on what we’ve come to call the “Digest of Uncertainty.”  Starting with the 2007 collapse of key U.S. markets, the writers summarize the seismic activity that rocked the U.S. , and follows the money all over the globe, finally landing in Europe, where fiscal concerns have […]

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Strong & Steady Growth in Charleston’s Economy

Recent news from the Brookings Institution placed Charleston’s manufacturing employment growth among the strongest in the nation between early 2010 and third quarter ’11. While manufacturing employment grew in 60 of the 100 largest U.S. metros, Charleston joined the rarified ranks of metros with growth of 5 to 10 percent. (The national average was 2.5 percent.) […]

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National Media Focus on Honeymoon Charms and Dive-y Diners

We’re still celebrating Charleston being named the top city in America by Condé Nast Traveler, but the accolades don’t stop there! U.S. News selected the top American honeymoon destinations, and Charleston was selected for the #8 position. Says the magazine:  Start your marriage off with a taste of authentic Hollywood romance (Gone with the Wind-style) […]

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