Awards & Rankings

Charleston Metro Ranked #7 Best Midsize City for Jobs 2016

Forbes ranks Charleston - Noth Charleston #7 Best Midsize City for Jobs 2016 Continue reading

South Carolina – #2 Best Business Climate in the Country

South Carolina has the second-best business climate in the country, according to a survey by Site Selection magazine. Continue reading

South Carolina Named Foreign Direct Investment National Champion by fDi Magazine

fDi Magazine announces Palmetto State as its national champion. Continue reading

Charleston ranked in the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future 2015/16 for FDI Strategy

421 locations were analyzed and ranked based on population size. Data for the report included economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness, and connectivity. Continue reading

Charleston Named Best City in North America by Travel + Leisure

Charleston is named the Best City in North America by Travel + Leisure readers. 'This South Carolina city won the survey by balancing sophisticated tastes with small-town charm.' Continue reading

Charleston metro ranked #12 for venture capital “first fundings” in 2014 by population and deal concentration

The top 20 metros (by total number of deals) accounted for 70% of all first venture fundings nationwide in 2014. There were 17 first funding deals made in the Charleston region, or three times higher than the United States per-capita level. Continue reading

Charleston ranked #7 for Where the Jobs Will Be in 2015

With a net employment outlook of 21%, Charleston tied for #7 alongside Austin, El Paso, San Jose and Seattle on the Forbes list for Where The Jobs Will Be in 2015. More than 18,000 U.S. employers in the top 100 metro areas were surveyed. Continue reading

#8 large-sized U.S. metro for economic development & job growth

Area Development produces a snapshot of 379 MSAs across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. Continue reading

Charleston‬ metro ranked #18 for advanced industries employment

The Charleston metro ranked #18 with 34,230 (10.5% share) employees in advanced industries in 2013. Advanced industries range from automotive and aerospace manufacturing to energy activities to digital services like computer system design and software. Continue reading

#9 U.S. Metro for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Charleston ranks 9th among top U.S. metros for high FDI intensity, with foreign-owned firms offering 7.2% of jobs, compared to 5% for the U.S. The report shows a sizable jump in foreign investment and employment in the Charleston region over time. Continue reading
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