No doubt about it. Technology companies are red hot in Charleston, South Carolina. In the 2012 Wage and Growth Survey recently released by the Charleston Digital Corridor, a remarkable 100% of the corridor’s participating companies reported job additions and 73% anticipated continuing to hire throughout the year.
Equally important, the survey found that the jobs being added boast an estimated salary of $66,862—significantly higher than the state’s average per-capita salary.
“This consistent year-over-year job growth is a testament to the sustainability and durability of Charleston’s knowledge economy,” notes the report. Take a look at how Charleston is using human capital to drive dollars and high-quality jobs in today’s knowledge economy:
- We put on a talent show—True talent doesn’t spring up overnight. That’s why Charleston fosters apprenticeship programs and close partnerships with local colleges and universities such as the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College. Initiatives like CodeCamp’s company-backed tech courses and computer science scholarships sponsored by BiblioLabs are paying off. Last year, The Wall Street Journal dubbed Charleston the #1 U.S. Metro for Brain Gain and we’re the #1 Fastest Growing Mid Sized U.S. Metro for Computer Hardware Engineers.
- We play matchmaker— With 80 technology companies and counting housed in the corridor, online career connector CharlestonWORKS.com ensures that top tech talent links with homegrown startups. And like our tech companies, our tech workforce keeps growing too—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports our info tech and mathematics growth rate at a high 91.8%, far outpacing the nation’s 16.2% rate.
- We live a little—In a recent Associated Press article, “Digital Corridor Built on Charleston, Innovation” Ernest Andrade, Executive Director of the corridor remarked, “The real advantage Charleston has is Charleston.” Meaning that business and talent attraction is not just a matter of economics, but a matter of lifestyle as well.
Since its inception over a decade ago, the Charleston Digital Corridor has acted as an incubator, network system and resource center—housing tech giants like nonprofit software developer Blackbaud and the data center for Google, not to mention launching companies like BiblioLabs and BoomTown, both ranking among the Top 10 media and software categories (respectively) in this year’s Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies.
We applaud their contributions to Charleston and expect to see similar tech success in 2013!