Proud to announce the Charleston region has won Site Selectors Guild’s award for “Best Project of the Year” for the collaborative teamwork involved in bringing Thorne Research home! This is great recognition for our three-county region and for our state. We were underdogs competing against much larger metros, and winning the “largest life sciences project” in our community’s history is a testament to the power of teamwork, public-private partnerships, and never giving up.
Kudos for world-class project management goes to several key leaders: in the public sector, former Governor Nikki Haley; S.C. Department of Commerce; project manager Ted Campbell; and Berkeley County Government, especially Bill Peagler and Barry Jurs. In the private sector, Stephanie Leonard Yarbrough of Womble Carlyle, Derek Mathis of WestRock, Kevin Matkze of Clarius Partners, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, and SC Power Team. MUSC Health, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Trident Health coming together to host Thorne and answer questions about our growing life sciences sector was a critical component to this win.
“[Locating this project in the Charleston region] had many challenges. Overcoming those challenges would not have been possible without community support on all fronts and all directions. The team worked hard to learn the industry, discover untapped resources around the state, and brought them all together to win the project.” – Will Hearn, site selection consultant for Thorne Research (CBRE)
VIDEO: Site Selectors Guild 2017