Blog Posts

Recruit Platform Brings Unprecedented Power to the Search for Knowledge

Knowledge is power, and in the realm of economic development and industrial recruitment, the more detailed and targeted that knowledge, the more powerful it is. That’s why the South Carolina I-77 Alliance is excited to now offer the ability to analyze workforce, demographic, and socio-economic data in unprecedented detail directly through our website and those… Continue Reading »

The Corridor’s Technical Colleges: Providing a Trained and Ready Workforce

South Carolina’s technical colleges provide a resounding “yes” to the question that all industrial prospects ask: Can I count on an available, trained workforce? Two of those 16 institutions anchor the I-77 Corridor: Columbia-based Midlands Technical College and York Technical College in Rock Hill. Both schools have a long history of serving students who come… Continue Reading »

The “South Charlotte” Counties Enjoy Population Surge

As unemployment rates fall to the lowest levels in half a century, finding people to fill jobs is a growing challenge for employers. To meet that challenge, first you need people. That’s why job creators from industries in every sector can do well to consider the five counties that comprise the Interstate 77 corridor between… Continue Reading »

Back from JEC World 2019 And Ready to Help the Corridor Grow its Composites Presence

Written by David Swenson, Executive Director, York County Economic Development For this month’s blog, we’ve turned to our partner, David Swenson, Executive Director of York County Economic Development, to share his thoughts after attending the world’s largest gathering of composite materials manufacturers. My recent trip to France helped bring home to me how much we… Continue Reading »

New Labor Study Confirms Region’s Workforce Strengthened by Charlotte and Columbia

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance is excited to announce the release of our new regional workforce study, a broad, in-depth look at the labor pool and demographic advantages available to companies considering initial or expanded investment in the five-county corridor between Columbia and Charlotte. The study —Regional Workforce Study for the SC I-77 Alliance —… Continue Reading »

Fairfield County: The Year of the I-77 International Megasite

Ty Davenport, Director of Fairfield County Economic Development, has a lead role in finding a buyer for the I-77 International Megasite. Most of the infrastructure is now in place and marketing has begun for this 1,500-acre property just off I-77 about 20 miles north of Columbia and 60 miles south of Charlotte. The site plan… Continue Reading »

A Successful 2018, A Promising 2019: The I-77 Alliance Continues to Grow With the Corridor

We lead off our 2019 series of monthly blogs with our confidence that the five counties served by the South Carolina I-77 Alliance will see another strong year of industrial and business announcements and growth. At the Alliance itself, we’ll also continue to build out our ability to effectively market the I-77 corridor to domestic… Continue Reading »

Two Counties in I-77 Region Top Performers for Talent Attraction

Economic development is saturated with accolades and rankings. Best quality of life, Top states for business, Where are millennials moving…the list is seemingly endless with new content hitting feeds and inboxes every day. The exponential growth rate of this content, exaggerated by media companies recognizing the clicks, shares, and page views these rankings generate, creates… Continue Reading »

Lancaster County: Growing Fast And Preparing For More

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance comprises the economic development leaders in five counties that have come together to jointly promote and highlight the unique business and manufacturing opportunities that exist from Charlotte to Columbia. Each of those counties — York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield and Richland — are unique, offering their own mix of attributes that… Continue Reading »

Richland County: Young, Educated and On The Move

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance comprises the economic development leaders in five counties that have come together to jointly promote and highlight the unique business and manufacturing opportunities that exist from Charlotte to Columbia. Each of those counties — York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield and Richland — are unique, offering their own mix of attributes that… Continue Reading »

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