College of Charleston students explore similarities of Panama, Charleston markets

The Post & Courier
David Wren
June 19, 2017

Although the Charleston area is thousands of miles from the Panama Canal, the two regions have more in common than most people would imagine.

That’s the message College of Charleston professors Kent Gourdin and Elaine Worzala hope students take away from an annual trip to Panama that’s part of the international education curriculum put together by the logistics and real estate departments in the college’s School of Business.

“The really cool thing about this trip is how closely the Charleston and Panama cities are in terms of the economic base,” said Worzala, director of the school’s Carter Real Estate Center. “Obviously, maritime and logistics and warehouses and distribution. But also hospitality and tourism, as well as master-planned communities like Daniel Island and Nexton (in Summerville). Both areas are in a growth spurt right now.”

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