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Investor Spotlight: Lancaster & Chester Railroad

A rising tide lifts all boats, even when pulled by a train. That’s been a driving philosophy for the Lancaster & Chester Railroad (L&C), whose short-line railway has a long history of providing critical infrastructure in those two counties. The L&C was launched in 1896 to serve the booming textile mills in the area, serving… Continue Reading »

South Carolina’s I-77 Corridor: A Hotspot for EV-Related Businesses and More

Our diverse economic landscape offers a great home for multiple sectors In the heart of South Carolina, the five counties comprising the S.C. I-77 Alliance are emerging as a focal point for a new era of industry. This vibrant economic hub is attracting a wealth of electric vehicle (EV)-related industries, underlining its importance as a… Continue Reading »

Representing the SC I-77 Alliance at JEC World 2023: Insights into Composites, Sustainability, and South Carolina’s Potential

By David SwensonDirector, York County Econonomic Development  It was an honor to represent the SC I-77 Alliance region at the world’s largest composites conference, JEC World 2023, held in Paris, France in late April. With over 40,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors from across the globe, the conference provided an excellent platform to network with industry leaders,… Continue Reading »

Big Wins Electrify Industrial Development as 2023 Quickly Heats Up in the I-77 Corridor

Four major economic development wins for the I-77 corridor in South Carolina have set the stage for a memorable 2023 while demonstrating the significant opportunities it presents for existing industry and newcomers alike. In late February, IKO Industries announced that Chester County would be the location of their first operations in South Carolina with a… Continue Reading »

Brian Fulk Seeks to Help Lancaster County Keep on Growing

Brian Fulk sees a lot of potential for Lancaster County and is looking forward to building on the considerable success the county already has seen in recent years as one of the fastest-growing areas in South Carolina. Fulk took the reins as the county’s Economic Development Director in October, bringing with him more than three… Continue Reading »

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 »

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