With the most productive and efficient seaport in North America, an integrated rail and highway system, and an international airport, Charleston provides seamless connections to the global marketplace. Our central location, roughly halfway between New York and Miami, offers prime access to the U.S. Southeast.

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Strategic Location

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  • Ranks 74th in the U.S. in terms of population
  • Geographically diverse & moderate climate: an easy drive from the ocean to the mountains in just 3 to 4 hours
  • Home to the state's busiest passenger airport
  • Situated in the Eastern Time Zone, an advantage with European markets
  • An integrated transportation network allows shipments to reach most domestic markets within 48 hours
  • Nearly one-third of the U.S. population resides within 500 miles (800 km) of the Charleston region

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Jim Newsome

Former President and CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority

“Charleston meets the needs of today’s global shipping industry, particularly as large vessels are deployed to East Coast trade routes. Our South Atlantic location is a significant driver of the Port of Charleston’s above-market average cargo volume growth, offering proximity to the fastest growing population in the U.S., as well as a booming manufacturing economy.” – Jim Newsome, Former South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO"




Strong Infrastructure For Strong Businesses

Charleston's powerful infrastructure supports everything from Google's state-of-the-art data center to Daimler's world-class manufacturing operation. With highly advanced and reliable telecommunications, abundant and affordable electricity, and plentiful water and wastewater capacity, Charleston provides your company a true competitive edge.


The Charleston region features fiber optic, digital, and IP-based networks that offer businesses highly reliable communications services – from the latest feature-rich voice and data services to advanced wireless solutions – all provided by leaders in the telecommunications industry. We offer a growing number of Gigabit communities.

  • Instant rerouting ensured by dozens of fiber optic SONET and IP based rings. Fiber connections are available to nearly all major buildings and industrial sites, ensuring continuous communications
  • 26 digital switching offices located throughout the market
  • More than 90% of the region's telecommunications lines are buried
  • Multiple Network Operation Centers (NOC’s) monitor systems and perform diagnostic checks on core switching and transmission network ensuring reliable service levels exceeding 99.995% availability. Local Emergency Operation Centers allow for quick, on-site recovery.

Local Data Center/Disaster Recovery

Businesses in the Charleston area have access to enterprise-class data center services with secure, fully redundant, carrier-neutral co-location facilities; public, private and hybrid Cloud solutions; and managed services including disaster recovery, managed network security, and application and web hosting. Area businesses leverage these services to minimize downtime for their mission-critical systems and applications.

Electricity & Natural Gas

South Carolina power generators use numerous fuel sources – oil, coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, natural gas and methane – to provide an abundant, reliable energy supply.

  • Greater Charleston is served by two generating electric utilities with a combined capacity of 11,685 megawatts.
  • The region is served by four generating utilities with a combined capacity of 19,721 megawatts.
  • Electricity rates are consistently below the national average.

Water & Wastewater

Water is a defining feature of the Charleston area. Companies here have access to an abundant, high-quality supply of fresh water to meet both current and future demands. Water obtained through area lakes, rivers and wells (primarily the Edisto River and the Bushy Park Reservoir), eliminates the expense of sourcing water from elsewhere.

For specific usage and capacity data, please contact Mike Graney

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