Southeast’s First Tech Festival Coming to Charleston

Let the countdown begin—this April 12-14 the first and only event celebrating the Southeast’s burgeoning tech scene,  DIG SOUTH Festival, will be launched here in the Charleston region. The three-day conference lineup will feature leading voices from Facebook, Twitter, Coca-Cola, AOL Ventures alongside Charleston’s very own TwitPic, Blackbaud and PeopleMatter, BlueIon, Benefitfocus, SPARC and more. […]

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Charleston Ranks in Top 10 for U.S. Job Recovery and Economic Growth

The reports are in and it’s official: Charleston is a top ten metro for job recovery and economic growth, according to the latest reports from The Milken Institute and The Brookings Institution. Stacked up against technology hub rock stars Silicon Valley, Austin and Raleigh, the Charleston region ranked 4th in the country for high-tech industry […]

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Survey Shows Charleston’s Tech Talent

  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 […]

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Opportunity Next, Now

It takes time to move a needle – especially one that’s tracking numerous facets of a regional economy. By the looks of things, the three-county region has made some serious – and seriously fast – progress on many of the measures it sought to affect with its Opportunity Next strategic plan. Launched last summer with […]

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Good News, By the Numbers

A round up of recent news items reminds us that good data drives economics, and vice versa. And Charleston’s regional economy continues to spin off some impressive numbers that indicate a healthy outlook for the future. Air India officials are expected to arrive in North Charleston next month to test, and then take off in one […]

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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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Music to Our Ears

The concept of Brain Drain has been much discussed over the decades, with most of the focus aimed at the factors that drive young people away. A new study focuses on the magnetic forces that attract the best thinkers to new places. And those forces, it turns out, are evolving. As a result, new “brain […]

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Aerospace: A Soaring Sector

Boeing recently opened its new Charleston-area  interiors plant, and invited area leaders to tour its solar panel-covered exterior. Both events were milestones in this three-county region’s efforts to grow its aerospace industry cluster. And if a recent industry report is predictive, there are more big events to come. Area Development  magazine recently reported that 2010 aerospace sales […]

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