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Another European Automaker Chooses the Southern US
May 21, 2015Engineering.com
Geely is now globalizing their production plans, opening up a plant in US. Interestingly, not in Detroit, not in Michigan, not on the West coast, but in South Carolina, near the port of Charleston.
Moody’s: Volvo plant shifts South Carolina auto industry into higher gear
May 19, 2015The Post & Courier
Last week’s decision by Volvo Cars to build its first U.S. plant in Berkeley County will further boost the state’s standing to $4.8 billion in annual economic output, according to credit-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service.
Charleston Open Source website aims to connect talent to tech jobs
May 18, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
Charleston Open Source, a new website and talent recruitment initiative, want to ensure options for tech professionals looking to relocate to the Charleston region. They hope the site will provide information to job seekers and address the area’s skills gap by connecting talented workers with open positions at Charleston’s tech companies.
Dig South gives Southeast startup scene a national boost
May 12, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
The 2015 Dig Conference in late April and early May had 1,470 registered attendees, up 30% from 450 registered attendees in 2013. And these figures don’t include several thousand people who attended free events such as the space walk tour of local tech firms and the nightly concerts.
Academic Magnet High ranked nation’s 7th best high school by U.S. News & World Report
May 12, 2015The Post & Courier
Academic Magnet High School is ranked seventh best in the nation in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings. The school is listed as the best in the state.
Volvo Cars selects South Carolina for first American plant
May 11, 2015Press Release
Volvo Cars selects South Carolina for first American plant $500 million Berkeley County automotive factory to create up to 4,000 jobs
Volvo bringing first U.S. factory, thousands of jobs to Berkeley County
May 11, 2015ABC News
Volvo Cars announced Monday morning that it has chosen Berkeley County as the home for its first American factory.
Visual-effects professor who worked on “The Hobbit” will teach at Clemson’s graduate education center
May 11, 2015The Post & Courier
The Zucker Family Graduation Education Center, which opens in the fall of 2016, will give students the opportunity to pursue a doctorate in computer science or a Master of Fine Arts in digital production arts — the first degree programs of their kind available in the Lowcountry.
Efficiency gains in North Charleston prompt Boeing to shut down Dreamliner “surge line”
May 8, 2015The Post & Courier
Increased efficiency and ramped-up production at Boeing Co.’s North Charleston campus will let the aerospace giant shut down its temporary 787 assembly line near Seattle months ahead of schedule, a company official said Friday.
Charleston ranks as fastest growing port in North America
May 6, 2015Press Release
Charleston is considered the fastest growing port in North America, coming in with an overall ranking of No. 7, when considering all factors.
Charleston Regional Development Alliance CEO Named One of Top 50 Economic Developers in North America
May 5, 2015LowcountryBizSC
David Ginn, President & CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), has been named one of the nation’s top 50 economic developers by site selection consultants in a recent survey conducted by Consultant Connect, a program that bridges the gap between top economic developers and site selectors.
Why is Everybody so Amped on Charleston’s Tech Ecosystem?
May 3, 2015Tech Cocktail
It’s a lot like Southern California in a lot of respects, but it has that ever-present aspect of Southern hospitality you find on the West Coast. And with that mentality comes a community of individuals who will go out of their way to say hello, offer a helping hand, or…become your technical cofounder?
Charleston Open Source seeks to fill local tech talent gap
Apr. 29, 2015The Post & Courier
The idea behind Charleston Open Source isn’t about competition for technology talent, even though the employers involved in it might be looking for workers with similar skills and backgrounds.
Charleston, S.C.: A Friendly Place to Run a Small Business
Apr. 23, 2015NerdWallet
Potential benefits and challenges to owning a small business in Charleston, as well as some important local resources.
Charleston Women in Tech founder attends White House Tech Meetup
Apr. 21, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
Charleston Women in Tech was invited to the inaugural White House Tech Meetup on Friday to discuss best practices, youth engagement and diversification efforts within the tech industry.
Charleston tech startups Echovate, Good Done Great to compete at Nashville business pitch
Apr. 21, 2015The Post & Courier
Two Charleston-based technology startups will be competing with other early-stage companies from around the Southeast in a business pitch contest.
Charleston's "Women In Tech"Recognized at First-Ever White House Tech Meetup
Apr. 16, 2015Charleston Digital Corridor
On Friday, April 17 the White House, will host local leaders from across our "Innovation Nation" at the first-ever White House Tech Meetup, including Charleston Women in Tech.
Charleston drug company sold for $45.5M to Canada’s Cipher Pharmaceuticals
Apr. 16, 2015The Post & Courier
A Charleston drug company that specializes in treating skin conditions has been sold to a Canadian business itching to expand into the U.S. market.
Charleston bio-engineering firm picked for SCRA tech-help program
Apr. 15, 2015The Post & Courier
A Charleston medical company has been selected to join a SCRA Technology Ventures program that offers support to emerging businesses.
Container cargo could return to Port of Charleston’s Columbus St. Terminal
Apr. 15, 2015The Post & Courier
The Columbus Street Terminal, primarily the export base for BMW automobiles headed overseas, could become the home for new container cargo operations under a plan the State Ports Authority’s board of directors heard Wednesday.
American Cities of the Future 2015/16 Winners
Apr. 13, 2015fDi Magazine
Charleston | SC | USA ranked in the top 10 for fDi Magazine’s Global Cities of the Future for 2015/16, in the category of Small American Cities for FDI Strategy.
LGC Expands Opportunities for Engineering Through Collaboration with SME’s Greater Charleston Chapter 430
Apr. 10, 2015Lowcountry Graduate Center
The Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) is pleased to announce a partnership with SME’s Greater Charleston Chapter 430 and the SME student chapter at Clemson University.
Medical University of South Carolina forges drug research venture with Aeterna Zentaris
Apr. 2, 2015The Post & Courier
A pharmaceutical company is transferring its library of 100,000 drug compounds to the Medical University of South Carolina, kicking off a collaborative venture that organizers hope will lead to new discoveries.
8 Big Benefits to Launching Your Startup in a Smaller City
Mar. 27, 2015Inc. Magazine
Starting your company in a smaller city has big advantages. Check out eight big benefits to launching your startup in a smaller city.
Coastal S.C. remains a national hot spot for population growth
Mar. 26, 2015The Post & Courier
In the tri-county Charleston metro area, the population grew by an estimated 1,300 people each month between the summers of 2013 and 2014, the bureau estimated.
Charleston is ranked No. 3 U.S. travel destination by TripAdvisor
Mar. 24, 2015The Post & Courier
Charleston vaulted 10 posts from last year to become the No. 3 U.S. travel destination, according to TripAdvisor’s latest Traveler’s Choice awards.
Collaboration key to technology growth, industry leaders say
Mar. 18, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
Bobby Hitt understands South Carolina’s technology movement. The Commerce Department secretary sees it every day in his own family, with his youngest son working in the coding field.
Boeing delivers first S.C.-built 787-9
Mar. 17, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
In a milestone for Boeing South Carolina, local employees have delivered the first North Charleston-assembled 787-9 Dreamliner to United Airlines.
College of Charleston MBA ranks high for graduates finding jobs
Mar. 12, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
The College of Charleston’s MBA program ranked third in the country for the highest percentage of graduates who find a job, according to data from U.S. News and World Report.
South Carolina launches business support program for in-state defense firms
Mar. 11, 2015South Carolina Department of Commerce
The State of South Carolina is launching a new program aimed at helping defense-related businesses in the state broaden into new markets and position for future success.
Local students following robotic competition at SPAWAR
Mar. 11, 2015The Post & Courier
More than 100 students from the Charleston area are visiting the high-tech Navy site known as SPAWAR this week to learn firsthand about state-of-the-art robotics.
Charleston is the place to call home
Mar. 11, 2015The Post & Courier
Home sales volume in the Charleston region crept into four-digit territory last month, the first time it’s done so in February in nine years.
Mercedes-Benz Vans to invest $500 million in new manufacturing plant in Charleston County
Mar. 6, 2015South Carolina Department of Commerce
Mercedes-Benz Vans, a division of Daimler, announced today plans to invest around half a billion dollars to establish a new, full van manufacturing plant in Charleston County. The new production plant in North Charleston, S.C. will supply the North American market with the next-generation Sprinter, creating 1,300 new jobs over the next several years.
Early-stage venture capital: More regions get in on the action
Mar. 6, 2015Brookings
Brookings listed the Charleston region in the top 20 metropolitan areas for VC “first fundings”.
Washington aerospace supplier opens facility in North Charleston
Mar. 5, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
A Washington-based aerospace supplier has opened its North Charleston facility to assemble parts for the 787 Dreamliners made at Boeing South Carolina.
Charleston chamber outlook: Region to flourish over next two years
Mar. 4, 2015The Post & Courier
The Charleston region will continue to flourish through 2016 with all economic indicators moving in a positive direction.
Big Washington state Boeing supplier opens South Carolina facility
Mar. 3, 2015Puget Sound Business Journal
One of Washington state's top-tier aerospace suppliers has opened an operation in South Carolina, reflecting the growing stability of 787 Dreamliner production in the state.
U.K. call-center operator Moneypenny plants flag in North Charleston
Mar. 1, 2015The Post & Courier
While it would seem technology is on its way to replacing traditional call centers, one Wales-based company that’s setting up shop in the Charleston area says demand is soaring for its answering service that’s run by actual human beings rather than automated computers.
Moneypenny is a top 5 `Best Company To Work For’ in the UK
Feb. 27, 2015Moneypenny
Telephone answering specialist Moneypenny has topped off a remarkable week by scooping 4th position in the Sunday Times’ list of the best `mid-sized’ companies to work for in the UK.
AMT, parts assembler for Boeing’s Dreamliner, joins Charleston area aerospace cluster
Feb. 27, 2015The Post & Courier
AMT Senior Aerospace — a key supplier of parts for Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner program — has joined this area’s growing aerospace cluster with an assembly facility in the Crosspoint section of Palmetto Commerce Park in North Charleston.
Medical University of South Carolina plans to build campus in North Charleston
Feb. 26, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
The Medical University of South Carolina is looking to build a $40 million pediatric medical campus in North Charleston, according to documents filed with the city.
Moneypenny establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County
Feb. 24, 2015South Carolina Department of Commerce
Moneypenny, a market-leading telephone answering service, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County. The $760,000 investment is expected to result in approximately 40 new jobs in North Charleston, S.C. by the end of 2016, with long-term plans to employ approximately 400 workers at the facility within the next five years.
Angel investor network launches in Charleston
Feb. 23, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
A new investor network looking to invest capital and expertise in early stage ventures has launched in Charleston.
Charleston area’s aerospace cluster lifting wages, quality of life across the board
Feb. 21, 2015The Post & Courier
The Charleston area’s growing aerospace cluster, led by Dreamliner maker Boeing Co., is creating a “knowledge economy” that’s boosting employment and wages across the board at a level much higher than the rest of South Carolina, according to economists and employment numbers.
Aviation sector pumps $13.9 billion into Charleston, accounts for 40% of local economy
Feb. 19, 2015The Post & Courier
Charleston International Airport, the Air Force Base and Boeing Co., upper left, pump $13.9 billion into the region’s economy and support more than 51,000 jobs, according to a new study from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Business Research.
Charleston, Dorchester students battle it out in underwater robotics competition
Feb. 19, 2015The Post & Courier
The Charleston Regional SeaPerch competition was held Thursday at Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston. The competition included area middle and high school students who built underwater robots that navigated obstacle courses against a clock.
Boeing opens propulsion systems facility in South Carolina
Feb. 18, 2015Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
North Charleston, South Carolina – Boeing has opened its new propulsion engineering and assembly facility in North Charleston.
Southwest adds weekly service from Charleston to Dallas
Feb. 12, 2015Live 5 WCSC
Southwest Airlines will add Saturday service from Charleston International Airport to Dallas Love Field beginning April 11.
Meet the country’s top advanced industry hotspots
Feb. 12, 2015Brookings
Last week Brookings released new research defining the U.S. “advanced industries” sector and showing how heavily the future prosperity of U.S. regions and the nation depends on this list of 50 R&D- and STEM-worker intensive industries. The Charleston metro ranked 18th for where advanced industries employ the biggest share of the workforce.
South Carolina, Florida groups among aerospace conference sponsors
Feb. 12, 2015The Herald
For the first time, economic development groups from South Carolina and Florida were among the sponsors for the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference.
Boeing opening 737 MAX engine parts plant in North Charleston
Feb. 11, 2015The Post & Courier
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held today for the opening of the Boeing Propulsion South Carolina plant that will support the 737 MAX.
Boeing announces additional work for SC propulsion plant
Feb. 11, 2015The State
Even as Boeing opened a large new propulsion plant in South Carolina on Wednesday, the aeronautics giant announced the facility has already been assigned additional work.
New facilities setting the stage for an ongoing ‘Boeing effect’ in South Carolina
Feb. 7, 2015The Post & Courier
Boeing continues to be successful in Charleston | South Carolina | USA and grow the aerospace-based economic cluster in the region.
City Break: Charleston is America's hippest city and perfect for food and history buffs
Feb. 7, 2015Mirror Online
This Southern charmer is currently the hippest city in the US. Known for its history and graceful architecture, a hipster influx in recent years has seen it become one of the most food-minded of them all. The South Carolina favourite has topped the US city poll at travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller. And it’s Bill Murray’s home town. Need we say more?
76 businesses qualify for investment under state’s ‘High Growth’ Act
Feb. 5, 2015Charleston Regional Business Journal
Since the inception of the High Growth Small Business Job Creation Act, 76 businesses that meet the law’s guidelines have registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s office.
Charleston airport adds airline offering flights to Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale
Jan. 20, 2015The Post & Courier
Silver Airways will launch service in March between Charleston International and Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Clemson breaks ground on $21.5M Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston
Jan. 15, 2015The Post & Courier
The 70,000-square-foot Zucker Family Graduate Education Center is scheduled to be completed by fall 2016.
Charleston economic growth slowed, but local tech industry surged in 2014
Jan. 15, 2015The Post & Courier
Looking at other cities’ growth in 2014, it appears Charleston’s overall economy has gone from a galloping pace to a light jog for the first time in four years.
Charleston, SC ranked Top 25 Best Places To Retire
Jan. 15, 2015Forbes.com
Charleston, South Carolina ranked #11 on Forbes' Top 25 retirement cities.
Charleston | South Carolina | USA: A Strategic Location in the South Atlantic
Dec. 4, 2014British American Business Council
Charleston is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 700,000 voices, talents, passions and ideas. International commerce has been a key economic driver since 1670. With 17,200 jobs supplied by foreign-owned establishments, Charleston has become a magnet for European companies over the past 20 years.
Developing graphite electrode markets in emerging countries
Dec. 4, 2014Nikkei Business
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K., has increased the capacity of its graphite electrode plant at Ridgeville, South Carolina, by 70%, investing $300 million (approx. \35 billion). The company will meet growing demand in emerging markets, including Latin and South America.
Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9
Dec. 1, 2014Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
North Charleston site joins Everett, Washington, team in building newest 787 Dreamliner.
Zapp Precision Wire, Inc. expanding Dorchester County manufacturing facility
Nov. 20, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
Zapp Precision Wire, Inc., a manufacturer of stainless steel, nickel alloys and titanium wire is expanding its operations in Dorchester County. The company will be investing $30 million in the expansion, adding an expected 20 new jobs in Summerville, S.C.
Charleston port volume keeps growing, but climb gets steeper
Nov. 20, 2014The Post & Courier
Dock workers at the Port of Charleston handled the equivalent of 164,672 20-foot-long shipping containers in October, up 17 percent from the same month last year.
Soon-to-be-available water expected to bring growth to upper Dorchester County
Nov. 18, 2014The Post & Courier
A waterline slated to be built soon in upper Dorchester County could be a game-changer for economic development in the region, according to the County Council chairman.
Charleston Gains G6 East Coast/Northern Europe Service
Nov. 12, 2014S.C. Ports Authority
The G6 consortium of ocean carriers recently announced the addition of Charleston to a major US East Coast/North Europe service, further increasing the frequency of weekly post-Panamax vessel calls to the Port of Charleston.
Offshore wind technology energizes South Carolina researchers
Nov. 11, 2014McClatchy Washington Bureau
Steady wind patterns from the Atlantic Ocean have long inspired hopes of wind turbines dotting the East Coast. Now South Carolina and other Eastern states are exploring the idea with task forces and studies.
Intertex Transloading Services, Inc. establishes Berkeley County facility
Oct. 29, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
A company specializing in the distribution of synthetic rubber, carbon black and process oils is opening a facility in Berkeley County. Intertex World Resources, Inc. is investing $3.2 million to establish Intertex Transloading Services, Inc. in Moncks Corner, S.C. The investment is expected to create 10 local jobs.
"New Tango" Service Brings Additional Post-Panamax Vessels to Charleston
Oct. 20, 2014S.C. Ports Authority
Today the SC Ports Authority received the first ship call of a new consolidated East Coast South America service that brings additional post-Panamax vessels to Charleston.
Charleston’s Knowledge Economy Demonstrates Continued Strength In 2014
Oct. 16, 2014Charleston Digital Corridor
In its 11th Annual Wage & Job Growth Survey, the Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to report an average wage of $70,084 for participating local knowledge-based companies. Beyond the strong wage number, 89% of these companies reported hiring staff in 2014.
Showa Denko celebrates major expansion
Oct. 15, 2014The Summerville Journal Scene
More than 200 gathered on Oct. 10 to celebrate a major expansion at Showa Denko Carbon, LLC, in Ridgeville.
Profile of the Charleston | SC | USA Aerospace Cluster
Oct. 14, 2014Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
The Charleston tri-county region (Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester) has the highest concentration of aerospace employment of any of the eight regions in the state.
2 international companies step up presence in Lowcountry
Oct. 13, 2014The Post & Courier
French high-voltage cablemaker Nexans officially opened an $85 million facility on the Cooper River in Berkeley County in Bushy Park Industrial Complex on Wednesday, while Japan-based Showa Denko Carbon on Friday celebrated a $300 million expansion of its 31-year-old factory near Ridgeville in Dorchester County.
Nexans hopes to double capacity at high-voltage plant
Oct. 9, 2014Charleston Regional Business Journal
Nexans produces high-voltage power cables that are used underground and under the sea. The Bushy Park location has rail, barge and truck access, which will help the company distribute the tons of high-voltage cabling to customers on gigantic steel spools.
Boeing to bring hundreds of new jobs to Charleston
Sep. 26, 2014USA Today
USA Today video covers Boeing's Charleston expansion of the new Research and Technology Center focused on advanced manufacturing technology and composite fuselage manufacturing.
Boeing to open R&D Center by the end of the year
Sep. 23, 2014Charleston Regional Business Journal
The Boeing Co. has confirmed its lease agreement for 100,000 square feet of office and lab space for a new research and technology center in North Charleston.
Magazine ranks S.C. No. 3 to do business
Sep. 16, 2014Columbia Regional Business Report
Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, ranked South Carolina No. 3 in its “2014 Top States for Doing Business” survey of leading location consultants. Neighboring Georgia claimed first place while Texas finished second in the rankings. South Carolina was followed by Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Mississippi, in that order.
TorqTek Design and Manufacturing expanding Charleston County facility
Sep. 9, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility. The $12 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs.
Expansion Management: Aerospace Sector Flying High in Charleston, SC
Sep. 6, 2014IndustryWeek
As numbers go, this is a good one. Since 2007 Charleston, S.C. has seen a 300% increase in aerospace jobs. The annual economic impact is between $17.4 billion and $22. 5 billion. There are 17,114 people working at 466 private aerospace firms. The largest employer is Boeing at 8,267.
Charleston, S.C., wins for friendliest U.S. city
Aug. 4, 2014USA Today
Charleston, S.C., was named the friendliest city and recognized for its culture, history, natural beauty, and food scene, the magazine said in its 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Charleston earned top honors last year as well.
Boeing to build 787-10 in North Charleston
Jul. 30, 2014The Post & Courier
Boeing Co. will build the 787-10 Dreamliner exclusively at its non-unionized plant in North Charleston, the Chicago-based aerospace giant announced Wednesday.
SpecChem to open manufacturing facility in Dorchester County
Jul. 30, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
SpecChem to open manufacturing facility in Dorchester County with a $5.5 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs.
Summerville boat builder to add 150 jobs
Jul. 18, 2014The Post & Courier
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing will more than double the size of its facility and create 150 jobs to support its saltwater fishing boat line in Dorchester County.
Senior Aerospace AMT to open satellite operations in Charleston County
Jul. 10, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
Senior Aerospace AMT, a manufacturer of structural parts for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the large commercial jet market, will be opening satellite operations in Charleston County, creating 60 new skilled jobs.
JBE Inc. to expand into Berkeley County
Jun. 24, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
JBE, Inc., a supplier to the automotive, aerospace, and industrial electrical industries, today announced its decision to expand into the city of Hanahan in Berkeley County. The investment is expected to create approximately 20 new jobs in the region.
New World Pharmaceuticals and New World Consumer Products to locate headquarters in Charleston County
Jun. 17, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
New World Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company, and sister company New World Consumer Products, LLC, a producer of scientifically-advanced products and supplements, announced today they will be locating their headquarters in Charleston County. The companies expect to invest more than $21 million and create more than 38 new jobs over the next five years.
Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth
May 29, 2014Area Development
Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. The Charleston region ranked 22nd among the 379 MSAs in the US and 3rd in the Southeast.
Pacific Rim Aerospace opens Charleston County office
May 28, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
Pacific Rim Aerospace (PacRim), a provider of solutions for aerospace engineering applications, has established an office in Charleston County, allowing for more direct support of its customers in the growing aerospace sector of the Southeast region. PacRim expects to create at least 100 jobs in the area in the coming years.
Angel investment tax credits go unused
May 20, 2014GSA Business
The S.C. Department of Revenue approved 15% of $5 million in available income tax credits for angel investors who invested in S.C. small businesses. Of the $769,000 awarded in the past year, Charleston county has accounted for 3 received and approved applications totaling $105,000.
SC panel approves proposed Charleston university
May 15, 2014Associated Press
Focus on education is essential in building the workforce needed for the growing Charleston region. A higher education subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved the measure to establish the University of Charleston as a means of meeting the technical needs of a changing economy.
Scout Boats Inc. to create 300 jobs with Dorchester County facility expansion
May 13, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
Scout Boats Inc., a manufacturer of sport fishing boats, is expanding its Dorchester County facility in response to increased customer demand - both domestically and overseas. The company's $2.5 million investment is expected to create 300 jobs.
Aeterna Zentaris selects Charleston County for new US operations
May 5, 2014South Carolina Department of Commerce
Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology, has selected Charleston County for the company's newest North American business and global commercial operations. The $1 million investment is expected to create 60 new jobs.
Charleston Regional Development Alliance Names New VP of Global Development
May 5, 2014LowcountryBizSC
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) is pleased to welcome Michael J. Graney as the organization’s new Vice President, Global Business Development and Kayla Boyter as the new Marketing Services Manager.
'Post-college towns' brim with youth, jobs
Apr. 27, 2014USA Today
Charleston now teems with college-educated young people, 20- and 30-somethings who have come for the jobs and stayed for the lifestyle. New bars and restaurants seem to open weekly. Average commute times hover around 10 minutes. At the gas station on the way home, you can fill your growler with craft-brewed beer. This is a new kind of city, born of deep demographic shifts and the power of technology. Where traditional college towns have long attracted young people who get an education and then leave, another kind of town is emerging: the post-college town.
A photographic tour of Charleston's swankiest offices
Apr. 9, 2014Charleston City Paper
Take a look at how Charleston businesses are putting a spin on the boring old cubicle and creating a swanky office space environment. Featured companies include: BoomTownROI, Blue Ion, PeopleMatter, Fuzzco, Charleston Digital Corridor, Blackbaud and SIB Development & Consulting.
Charleston ranked among the 20 hottest real estate spots in the world
Apr. 8, 2014New York Post
It’s safe to say we’re in the midst of a global real estate bull market. Which means that now is the time to consider purchasing a pied-a-terre in Paris or Monaco, or maybe a row house in Charleston or a condo in Los Angeles. Alexa Luxe Living scoured the planet for the hottest markets for New York buyers, and found 20 destinations heating up the globe.
Textron aviation unit spreads its wings from Charleston area HQ
Apr. 7, 2014The Post & Courier
A big Fortune 500 business is adding some lift to the region's aviation industry. Textron Inc. announced a new corporate identity for its Berkeley County unit after combining it with two recently acquired companies: Mechtronix Inc. of Montreal and Opinicus Corp of Lutz, Fla. The new name is TRU Simulation + Training Inc. The business is expected to generate annual revenue of more than $100 million.
Aerospace manufacturing takes off in South
Apr. 2, 2014Stateline
Aerospace companies are taking a cue from the auto industry and moving their manufacturing operations to Southern states. Between 2007 to 2012, aerospace jobs in South Carolina jumped by more than 600 percent over that time period, from 865 workers to 5,685 workers.
New transportation plan pumps millions into Charleston-area road projects
Mar. 13, 2014The Post & Courier
A new transportation spending plan for the three-county Charleston region will address capacity improvements, and includes not-yet-designed improvements at interchanges, as well as re-configuring of on- and off-ramps for I-526.
Aerospace engineering firm Kaman expanding to North Charleston to serve Boeing
Feb. 25, 2014The Post & Courier
Boeing supplier, Kaman Engineering Services, announced it is opening a new office in the Charleston region at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston.
Boeing engineers teach students about the field
Feb. 22, 2014ABC News
Boeing engineers shared their experiences with 8th grade students on Wednesday. Students learned what an engineer does, examples of engineering and the rewards a career in the field can bring.
Charleston County looks better educated as most who move here have college degrees
Feb. 6, 2014The Post & Courier
More than half the adults who moved to Charleston from other states in recent years were college graduates, helping boost the region's rate of educational attainment well above the state and national averages.
Boeing led South Carolina in new investments in 2013
Jan. 19, 2014The Post & Courier
Led by several Charleston area firms, South Carolina hauled in $3.35 billion in capital investments from industry in 2013, an amount that eventually will translate into 12,832 new jobs for the Palmetto State.
The Citadel to debut the Lowcountry’s first mechanical engineering program
Jan. 15, 2014LowcountryBizSC
The Citadel is now accepting applications for the college’s new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program. The courses will begin in the summer of 2014 with focused tracks in power and energy, manufacturing, aeronautical systems, materials (composites), and mechatronics.
Economists: S.C. moving toward expansion
Jan. 14, 2014Charleston Regional Business Journal
Charleston's housing market and economy are on the rise.
Economists project Charleston-area jobs, income growth in 2014
Dec. 10, 2013The Post & Courier
Bullish construction activity, new jobs and higher wages are expected to grow the Charleston region's economy in 2014, mirroring - and even surpassing - projections for South Carolina as a whole.
FEV Joins Energy Systems Innovation Center in South Carolina
Dec. 4, 2013IndustryWeek
German-based FEV will set up shop in Clemson's University's Restoration Institute.
Economic scorecard gives roadmap to prosperity
Nov. 25, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
Regional Economic Scorecard gives a roadmap for economic prosperity in Charleston, SC.
Clemson dedicates wind turbine drivetrain testing facility
Nov. 22, 2013The Post & Courier
The university dedicated the 82,000-square-foot building, named the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, a project that has been in the works for four years. SCE&G supported the center with a $3.5 million gift.
Clemson dedicates one-of-a-kind energy systems research and testing facility
Nov. 21, 2013Press Release
The South Carolina Lowcountry’s primary provider of electricity, together with the nation’s largest utility, joined Clemson University Thursday to dedicate the world’s most-advanced energy systems testing and research center.
German automotive supplier to locate in North Charleston
Nov. 13, 2013The Post & Courier
A Germany-based automotive supplier will set up shop later this month at Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston, creating seven jobs initially.
Entrepreneur says Charleston’s No. 1 need is talent
Nov. 7, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
Innovation Expert Robert Tercek gives the keynote at the CRDA Annual Luncheon.
CRDA honors leadership that led to airport property
Nov. 7, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance honored the legacy of the man who helped secure land surrounding Charleston’s airport, which paved the way for Boeing to enter South Carolina, during an event Wednesday.
Boeing selects engineers in S.C., other areas besides Washington to design new 777X jet
Oct. 30, 2013The Post & Courier
Engineers from South Carolina, four other states and Russia will handle detailed design work on Boeing’s new 777X passenger jet, not those in Washington state where technical experts have helped design the company’s aircraft for decades.
IFA Rotorion expanding drive shaft plant, adding jobs in North Charleston
Oct. 29, 2013The Post & Courier
Drive shaft maker IFA Rotorion will expand and add more jobs at its plant in Palmetto Commerce Park in North Charleston.
PeopleMatter Closes $16 Million in Funding to Accelerate Position As The Only Workforce Management Platform For The Service Industry
Oct. 28, 2013Press Release
Latest investment to expedite product development, grow sales and marketing, and expand internationally
American Tactical Imports establishing operations in Summerville
Oct. 28, 2013Press Release
$2.7 million investment expected to create 117 new jobs
Up, up and away: Boeing to build 787 Dreamliner at much faster pace
Oct. 23, 2013Charleston Post and Courier
Boeing said it expects to meet its goal of delivering 60 Dreamliner 787s this year. These Dreamliners are waiting to be picked up from the North Charleston final assembly plant.
Charleston best place for Boeing 777X by 2020, says analyst
Oct. 23, 2013Puget Sound Business Journal
Everett might be the best place to build the 777X now, but that could change by 2020, when the first of Boeing’s newest aircraft are expected to be rolling off the assembly line.
Charleston is #1 of Top 10 Cities in the United States
Oct. 15, 2013Conde Nast Traveler
With "sand, sun, history, good food, and friendly people," Charleston is a consistent hit with the travelers who venture to this "gracious and beautiful" city (in fact, it's taken first place our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States for three years now and been rated as the friendliest). Nearby beaches and impressive architecture draw visitors, but it's the "insanely nice" locals who enhance "magnificent" bed and breakfasts and "amazing shopping." "The charm of this city brings me back every year," praised one devoted fan. "The food, history, architecture and people are wonderful," said one reader. "A bucket list city!"
THE THIRD TIME IS CHARMING FOR CHARLESTON
Oct. 15, 2013Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
South Carolina’s Historic Coastal Destination Named #1 U.S. City by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for Third Consecutive Year
Charleston named No. 1 destination for third year
Oct. 15, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
Charleston is ranked the No. 1 U.S. city for travel destination for the third-consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler announced today.
Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center Web Site Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2013 Innovation Award
Oct. 15, 2013National Association of Development Organizations
WASHINGTON, DC – The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, located in North Charleston, South Carolina accepted a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation on behalf of the Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center (CRCC).
Huge pieces of equipment being brought to world's largest wind turbine testing facility in SC
Oct. 3, 2013The Republic
Two mammoth pieces of equipment are arriving at what will be the world's largest wind turbine testing facility.
Region’s economy trending up; challenges remain
Oct. 3, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
Duke Energy donates $5 million to Clemson University for work at Restoration Institute in North Charleston
Sep. 30, 2013The Post & Courier
Duke Energy has donated $5 million to Clemson University to help fund programs at the school’s Restoration Institute in North Charleston.
Daimler Vans to expand in North Charleston
Sep. 12, 2013The Post & Courier
Daimler Vans Manufacturing today announced that it will expand its existing facility in Charleston County in a $4.6 million investment that will create at least 60 new jobs.
Top States for Doing Business 2013: Full Site Consultant Survey Results
Sep. 9, 2013Area Development
The Perfect Storm in Aerospace Manufacturing
Sep. 4, 2013Area Development
Increasing global demand, constrained capacity, and labor scarcity are changing the geography of high-tech manufacturing.
ICAR gaining speed with automotive innovations, graduates
Aug. 30, 2013The Post & Courier
Clemson University's two research centers ICAR (automotive) and CURI (energy systems) are attracting global attention. More than half of CU-ICAR’s students come from other nations, while 80 percent of all wind turbine manufacturers in the world sit on the Restoration Institute’s advisory board.
Four Charleston Technology Companies Rank As 500 Fastest Growing in America
Aug. 21, 2013Charleston Digital Corridor
Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies Includes SPARC, BoomTown, Blue Acorn and Omatic Software.
SAIC nabs contract worth up to $900M
Aug. 14, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
SAIC nabs cyberoperations shared contract worth up to $900 millionl, partnering with SSC Atlantic.
South Carolina No. 10 in latest Site Selection ranking
Jul. 22, 2013SCEDA Blog
South Carolina recently received a No. 10 ranking in Site Selection magazine’s annual measure of state-by-state competitiveness.
S.C. maintains strong reputation for foreign investment
Jul. 15, 2013SCEDA Blog
South Carolina in general, and its Upstate region in particular, has a long-held reputation for success in attracting foreign investment. A recent ranking shows that an Upstate city is maintaining that reputation.
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing Invests $2.35 Million To Expand Dorchester County, South Carolina Facility
Jul. 12, 2013Area Development
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing plans to expand its current operations in Dorchester County, South Carolina, with a move to a larger facility at 113 Isaac Way that will give the company 72,600 square feet of space. The $2.35 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs within the next five years and allow the company to add new boat models.
Weber Automotive to invest $51M in North Charleston parts plant, create 84 jobs
Jul. 8, 2013The Post & Courier
Weber Automotive, a German manufacturer of vehicle components, is establishing a new manufacturing business in North Charleston, Gov. Nikki Haley’s office said today.
The South is Winning: Why the Puget Sound area will keep losing Boeing jobs
Jul. 5, 2013Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington’s edge, its century of aerospace experience, is increasingly dulled by the South’s growing skill in crafting advanced engines and carbon composite aircraft structures — often borrowing these techniques from the nearby auto plants that are pumping out $60,000 BMWs and other high-tech vehicles. Even Boeing’s latest and largest new version of the Dreamliner — the 787-10 — looks likely to be built in South Carolina, the state where Boeing’s fastest-growing factory complex covers 240 acres in the Charleston-area.
Boeing SC delivers Chinese airline its first 787
Jul. 4, 2013Charleston Post and Courier
Boeing South Carolina’s third customer will fly away Friday morning with its first 787 Dreamliner.Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth-largest airline, took delivery of its inaugural 787 Thursday and, after a ceremony at the North Charleston delivery center, will leave for Asia. It will cap a busy holiday week for the local plane-making plant, which on Tuesday delivered its first 787 to China Southern Airlines, Asia’s biggest airline by fleet size.Boeing announced the handover to Hainan, the 13th airline to get a Dreamliner, early Thursday morning.
Consulting firm suggests focusing on aerospace recruitment
Jul. 3, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
An Austin-based consulting firm has suggested putting an immediate focus on attracting, retaining and starting aerospace companies in the Lowcountry.
Dorchester County boat maker is expanding, moving, adding 50 jobs
Jul. 2, 2013The Post & Courier
A Dorchester County boat maker is investing $2.35 million and adding 50 jobs as it expands and moves to a bigger factory, the S.C. Commerce Department said today.
Updated: Boeing’s North Charleston plant delivers first 787 to China Southern
Jul. 2, 2013The Post & Courier
Boeing South Carolina has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to an airline not named Air India.
South Carolina Commerce issues report about Paris Air Show trade mission
Jun. 26, 2013The Post & Courier
The mission to Paris fit in 81 meetings, with companies and aerospace organizations, at less cost to taxpayers than previous years.
Will Boeing assemble its biggest Dreamliner exclusively in N. Charleston?
Jun. 19, 2013The Post & Courier
In 2009, Boeing decided to build the massive final assembly building in North Charleston because the original 787 factory in Everett, Wash. didn’t have enough capacity to keep pace with the record demand for the new jet.
South Carolina Wins Boeing Narrow-Body Work
Jun. 18, 2013ShowNews
Boeing has elected to build key elements of the engine nacelle for the 737 MAX at its recently developed 787 assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina, as part of a continuing effort to expand its commercial aircraft footprint beyond its home state of Washington.
Study: Charleston has above-average percentage of STEM jobs
Jun. 11, 2013The Post & Courier
The percentage of jobs in the Charleston metropolitan area that require science, technology, engineering or math knowledge is above the national average, according to a study published today by a prominent Washington think tank.
Boeing Disperses Design, Engineering Work
Jun. 11, 2013Aviation Week
Boeing has elected to build key elements of the engine nacelle for the 737 MAX at its recently developed 787 assembly line in North Charleston, S.C., as part of a continuing effort to expand its commercial aircraft footprint beyond its home state of Washington.
Boeing seeks factory in Charleston area for engineering, assembly of 737 MAX components
Jun. 6, 2013The Post & Courier
Boeing Co. is seeking a new local factory to house engineers and assembly workers for the 737 MAX work is bringing to the Lowcountry.
The Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center Recognized for Excellence in Economic Development Research
May 28, 2013PR Web
The Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center website, built on Avalanche's Headlight software platform, won this year's C2ER Community and Economic Research Award for "Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Data Collection/ Dissemination Efforts."
Swedish bearing maker SKF to expand North Charleston plant, add up to 25 jobs
May 16, 2013The Post & Courier
SKF Group is investing in a new production line to make specialized high-precision bearings at its North Charleston factory rather than import them from abroad.
Talk of the future resounds at Boeing S.C.
May 13, 2013The Post & Courier
Boeing’s general counsel and a part-time Kiawah Island resident, articulated what many outside the company have suspected about its long-term plans for the Lowcountry. “As we lay the foundation for Phase 2, does anyone doubt there will be a Phase 3 and Phase 4 ... ?” the former federal judge asked. “I have it on video that you said Phase 3, 4 and 5,” she said to Luttig. “So it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” “So I’ll send you that video often,” the governor, a vocal Boeing backer, joked.
South Carolina, Israel team up to fund high tech
May 7, 2013The Post & Courier
The S.C. Research Authority and a government agency in Israel each have set aside $1 million to invest in high-tech collaborations between Palmetto State and Israeli companies over the next two years.
Workplace Culture Hacks From America’s Politest City
Apr. 25, 2013Fast Company
What Charleston, South Carolina can teach the rest of us about hospitality and the art of creating a comfortable working environment.
Silicon Harbor is becoming a major player in the nation's tech scene
Apr. 10, 2013Charleston City Paper
"My hope is that we can be an inspiration for future entrepreneurs, that you can build a big legitimate business here in Charleston from a startup with three guys in a one-room office to now, we've got 150 team members here." —PeopleMatter CEO Nate DaPore
Boeing Co. investing another $1B, creating 2,000 jobs in S.C.
Apr. 9, 2013Charleston Regional Business Journal
The Boeing Co. is bringing 2,000 more jobs and another $1 billion in investments to South Carolina.
Boeing to invest $1b in expanding Charleston facility
Apr. 9, 2013Flightglobal
Boeing is investing over $1 billion to expand its North Charleston facilities at the Charleston International airport.
Local Colleges Make Big Impact
Apr. 5, 2013The Post & Courier
The Charleston region’s main colleges and universities do more than confer degrees and certificates. And the Charleston Regional Development Alliance thinks what they do is a story worth touting. So the organization, whose mission is to foster economic growth in the tri-county region, engaged an independent economic analysis and public policy consulting firm to measure the impact of colleges on the area.
The Dig South conference mashes up technology, arts, and business
Mar. 27, 2013Charleston City Paper
Dig South April 12-14 CofC TD Arena and various locations downtown "There's great energy around this knowledge economy, and I feel like Charleston is the perfect intersection of job opportunities and quality of life." — Dig South Executive Producer Stanfield Gray
KEARNEY COLUMN: Charleston tech scene attracting more capital
Mar. 25, 2013The Post & Courier
Although the need for more capital used to be top of mind when asked about the main obstacles facing the Charleston tech community, the metro area's current tech scene is attracting more investment than ever.
Composite manufacturer opens North Charleston plant
Mar. 18, 2013The Post & Courier
Boeing South Carolina adding Dreamlifter Operations Center
Feb. 27, 2013The Post & Courier
Boeing expands in Charleston with the addition of its new Dreamlifter operations center; construction began in late January.
S.C. counties commit to improving workforce
Feb. 22, 2013Columbia Regional Business Report
34 counties seeking designation as an "S.C. Work REady Community in Progress" were approved by the state Workforce Investment Board.
Charleston's economy girds for leaner defense budgets
Feb. 3, 2013USA Today
The South Carolina city is an example of how the nation may cope with cuts the aerospace industry claims would cost at least a million jobs as soon as this year.
The #1 U.S. Destination & World’s Best City Launches Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center
Jan. 30, 2013Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Website offers comprehensive data on Charleston region
Google Brings Additional Investment to Berkeley County Data Center
Jan. 18, 2013South Carolina Department of Commerce
Google brings additional investment to Berkeley County data center Governor Nikki Haley joins Google to announce additional $600 million investment.
The Rise of Silicon Harbor
Jan. 4, 2013Charleston Magazine