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M. Ann Broadwater Takes the Economic Development Helm for Fairfield County

M. Ann Broadwater has big plans in her new role as Economic Development Director for Fairfield County, and she has the connections and experience to successfully execute on her county’s ambitious goals. Broadwater assumed the post in August with 25 years of experience that includes key development and investor relations roles statewide with the S.C…. Continue Reading »

The S.C. I-77 Region Responds to Change By Staying the Course

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That old saying holds true for the S.C. I-77 Alliance and the five counties we serve between Charlotte and Columbia. Despite high fuelprices, high inflation, and lingering supply chain issues that are roiling the global economy, weremain an ideal location to start a new enterprise,… Continue Reading »

How Joining the Alliance Makes You a Partner in Economic Progress

As the saying goes, we live in interesting times. While change is a constant, the kind of change certainly is not. The unique mix of rising interest rates and inflation, supply change disruption, and pandemic recovery creates unprecedented challenges for private and public stakeholders alike in the realm of economic recruitment and development. Yet where… Continue Reading »

How the SC I-77 Alliance Will Help Make Opportunities Out of Challenges in 2022

Challenges yield opportunities. The global economy is certainly facing multiple difficulties right now, and as any successful investor can tell you, that makes this a good time to prepare for the inevitable turnaround. The South Carolina I-77 Alliance is doing just that. Our job is to collaborate with public and private stakeholders to help recruit… Continue Reading »

The I-77 Corridor is a Solution for Supply Chain Issues for Gallo and More

E. & J. Gallo Winery’s decision to invest $423 million in Chester County for the company’s first production and distribution facility outside its California home base is a major commitment that also signals opportunity for other new and expanding companies in the I-77 Corridor. The world’s largest winery and spirits company said the new location… Continue Reading »

I-77 Alliance President & CEO Steven Pearce Shares His Views on the Path Forward

Steven Pearce is in his first few months as President and CEO of the South Carolina I-77 Alliance yet already has deep experience here and a clear vision for how the Alliance can broaden its ability to encourage new and expanding industry in the dynamic corridor between Charlotte and Columbia. Pearce joins the Alliance from… Continue Reading »

The Corridor’s First Microfactory Sets the Table for More Innovators

What many think may be the next big thing in manufacturing is already happening in the I-77 Corridor. It’s micromanufacturing, which is just what it sounds like: small- to medium-sized, agile operations that can quickly produce products that traditionally require massive capital and space to achieve anything close to the scale needed to make such… Continue Reading »

Post-Pandemic Growth Industries Are Already at Home in the Corridor

Recently, when the New York Times profiled a report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on revamped job-growth projections in a post-pandemic landscape, we took that opportunity to review what those numbers say about economic prospects here in the five counties comprising the South Carolina I-77 Region. As it turns out, the sectors… Continue Reading »

An Up-and-Down Year Concludes on the Upside: What’s Ahead?

The year just past turned out to be quite a success for industrial recruiting in the five counties comprising the South Carolina I-77 Alliance and sets the stage for more to come during 2021.

British Electric Vehicle Maker Arrival Chooses Rock Hill SC Site

History is repeating itself as a leading-edge automotive manufacturer plans to start up its first U.S. electric vehicle (EV) production facility in York County. Arrival plans to begin producing electric buses in 2021 in a 193,000-square-foot spec building, the second announcement at the Legacy Park East industrial park in Rock Hill. The U.K.-based company is… Continue Reading »

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