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Economic Growth

Population Growth Soars by Nearly 63,000 in the Palmetto State

Population Growth Soars by Nearly 63,000 in the Palmetto State

By | Economic Growth, SC

The Palmetto State continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country with nearly 63,000 people moving to South Carolina in the last year.  More than 80 percent of new residents moving here are from out-of-state locations, according to the Census Bureau. Some areas of South Carolina have seen slower population growth while other counties – including Horry and Berkeley counties – are seeing new residents pour in.  Counties adjacent to Charlotte and Spartanburg have also seen…

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New Tax Law Opportunity Zones Promote Investment in Economically Distressed Areas

New Tax Law Opportunity Zones Promote Investment in Economically Distressed Areas

By | commercial development, commercial real estate, Economic Growth

The new tax law passed in 2018 provides commercial real estate investment opportunities with the establishment of new regulations that permit Opportunity Zones.  South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) were promoters of the concept and helped push through the legislation which gained bipartisan support from both Houses of Congress.  The Opportunity Zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to promote investment in regions of the country that were struggling…

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Vacancy Rates Go Up with New Construction of Office Buildings

Vacancy Rates Go Up with New Construction of Office Buildings

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, Commercial Space, Construction, Economic Growth, Uncategorized

As demand for new construction continues to grow in the Charleston market, vacancy rates continue to rise according to Colliers International Research & Forecast Q4 2018 Report.  The expectation is that the vacancy rate will continue this trend into the first few quarters of 2019.  This vacancy rate is on the rise primarily due to 11 new office buildings delivered in 2018 that totaled 433,024 square feet of new construction. The Charleston office market has a total of 13,185,388 square…

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$325 Million Mount Pleasant Development Rises on Charleston Harbor

$325 Million Mount Pleasant Development Rises on Charleston Harbor

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, commercial development, Construction, Economic Growth, Mount Pleasant, Tourism, Uncategorized

The East Cooper side of Charleston Harbor will soon see the development of an 18-acre parcel that will furnish 1 million square feet of office space, retail, hospitality, and residential space.  The Ferry Wharf development, with views across the harbor of downtown Charleston, is being developed by Bennet Hospitality of Charleston and Atlanta-based Holder Properties.  The development is already under construction with a five-story 120,000 square foot office building called Portside.  The office building is already 45 percent preleased to…

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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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