The Tech waters are warming up in the three-county region, which some pundits have dubbed Silicon Harbor.
A recent article in Fast Company magazine detailed the region’s tech ascent. Despite being the nation’s 75th largest metro area, it ranks as one of the top 10 fastest growing hubs of software and internet technology.
In recent years, the region’s collective efforts and energies have helped grow the sector. Among the factors Fast Company credited:
But everybody knows that past history is no indication of future performance, and many look to public/private partnerships to continue the momentum.
In his recent commentary in Statehouse Report http://www.statehousereport.com/CurrentIssue.aspx?ID=193 publisher Andy Brack notes that statewide, college graduates armed with software development credentials receive numerous job offers. Opportunities outnumber available, homegrown talent.
“Wise investments by the state’s colleges in partnership with the tech industry could create the space and brainpower to fuel bigger programs that compete with the big boys of Silicon Valley and Boston,” he wrote. “ An investment of, say, $10 million to $15 million over the three programs at Clemson, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston could double the annual capacity of techies to fill high-paying jobs. With new grads making $40,000 to $80,000 a year, such an investment would quickly pay for itself in various taxes paid by graduates. “
To our mind, the argument surely computes.