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Economic Growth

South Carolina in Top Ten Most Popular Places for New Residents

South Carolina in Top Ten Most Popular Places for New Residents

By | Charleston SC, Economic Growth, SC

South Carolina continues to attract new residents and has remained in the top 10 most popular places in 2017 to move and settle.  The state ranks at number 7, a drop of two spots from the previous 12 months according to United Van Lines annual survey of inbound relocations. United Van Lines said that 57 percent of their customers in South Carolina are new residents putting it in the nation’s top destinations for those individuals looking for a new location…

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Charleston and North Charleston Ranked Among Five Most Prosperous U.S. Cities

Charleston and North Charleston Ranked Among Five Most Prosperous U.S. Cities

By | Charleston SC, Economic Growth

Charleston and North Charleston are ranked among the top five most prosperous cities in the United States according to a recent study by California-based online apartment service RentCafe (rentcafe.com).  The study evaluated cities with at least 100,000 occupants and used six prosperity indicators between 2000 and 2016 to rank them.  These economic factors included changes in population, median household income, home values, higher education degree, poverty rate and unemployment over the time period. Charleston ranked at No. 3, just after…

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Volvo Cars Campus Fueling Speculative Development in Berkeley County

Volvo Cars Campus Fueling Speculative Development in Berkeley County

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, Economic Growth, Industrial Property, SC

A Spartanburg developer is the latest firm to capitalize on the industrial growth expanding along the Interstate 26 corridor in Berkeley County.  The Upstate firm hopes to build one of Charleston’s largest distribution centers in the region. Johnson Development Associates has filed a permit application with the Army Corp of Engineers to fill 8.2 acres of wetlands at a 91-acre site in Jedburg.  The 829,000 square foot speculative building would be built on the eastbound side of I-26 near the…

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Economists Give Charleston Slow and Steady Forecast for 2018

Economists Give Charleston Slow and Steady Forecast for 2018

By | Charleston SC, Economic Growth, SC

Four economists gave South Carolina a good economic report for the coming year, stating the economy will continue to grow much like in 2017 at a “slow and steady” pace. University of South Carolina economist Joey Von Nessen said that “if you liked 2017, you’ll probably like 2018 as well,” at a meeting of local Charleston real estate professionals.  Charleston economist Stephen Slifer with NumberNomics gave an optimistic report of “better than ever” for the local region, and stated that…

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U.S. Economy Strong as Construction Spending Remains High

U.S. Economy Strong as Construction Spending Remains High

By | commercial construction, Economic Growth

  The U.S. Commerce Department reports that during the last quarter of 2017, U.S. builders spent 0.8 percent more on construction projects, for a fourth consecutive monthly gain. This is considered an all-time high of $1.257 trillion in November, 2017, with an increase of 2.4 percent since the previous year. Private construction spending was also up by 1 percent in November 2017 hitting an all-time high. The increase in construction spending and a separate robust economic report from the manufacturing…

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Port of Charleston Benefits from Southeastern Economic Boom

Port of Charleston Benefits from Southeastern Economic Boom

By | Charleston SC, Economic Growth

The rise in trade and investments is fueling the U.S. Southeast’s economic growth as more shipping companies choose the Port of Charleston. The Southeast is experiencing a surge in both economic and demographic growth with South Carolina playing a key role in the economic boom. As a result businesses and international companies are looking at production, transportation and logistics operations in the region, with an increasing number of companies choosing South Carolina and the Port of Charleston to take advantage…

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Charleston Economic Report Gives Mixed Reviews

Charleston Economic Scorecard Reports Mixed Reviews

By | Charleston SC, Economic Growth

The 2017 Regional Economic Scorecard gives mixed grades for Charleston metro area in its latest economic report card. The biggest challenge for the region’s growing economy is to create affordable housing near jobs. The area is becoming more congested with traffic since most workers cannot find housing near their jobs.  The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and Charleston Regional Development Alliance released the economic report at the end of 2017, which measures Charleston’s economic health compared to the national averages…

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Volvo Commits to Doubling Investment in Berkeley County

Volvo Commits to Doubling Investment in Berkeley County

By | Economic Growth, Manufacturing, SC

Volvo Cars recently announced plans to double its investment in Berkeley County to more than $1 billion even before a single vehicle has been produced at its future manufacturing plant in Ridgeville. The new $500 million manufacturing plant is scheduled to open next summer with 2000 new employees.  The new investment will add an additional 2,500 new jobs to the area. “When we made the decision in early 2015 to build here, of course you make that kind of decision…

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Charleston Bows Out of Race for 50,000 Jobs

Charleston Bows Out of Race for 50,000 Jobs

By | Charleston SC, commercial development, Economic Growth, SC

South Carolina is a long shot to win the contract for a new Amazon headquarters in North America.  The state has no cities with at least 1 million people, no major international airport or highly developed mass transportation system to meet the logistic demands of Amazon.  Many states and cities are vying to have the opportunity to build the approximately 8 million square foot Amazon campus. Charleston has decided to sit out the race for 50,000 new high paying jobs,…

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Summerville Development Boom on the Horizon

Summerville Development Boom on the Horizon

By | commercial development, Economic Growth

Summerville is becoming the place to be with more and more people establishing roots here, and development shifting from the center city of Charleston to the suburbs.  One in three multifamily units built in the last three years have been in such outlying areas as Summerville, Ladson and southwest Charleston. Colliers International’s  Research & Forecast Report  (Q4 2016) shows that Summerville is becoming a coveted region to live in. Since 2014, 936 new multifamily developments have been delivered, with 240…

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