Blog Posts

The Data Does The Driving in 2020: A New Strategy Emerges

We’re going to let the data do the driving in 2020. You can call that our New Year’s resolution but it’s really the new strategic focus the South Carolina I-77 Alliance is adopting to identify and market to prospective new industries that could benefit from the advantages our five-county corridor offers. While still relying on… Continue Reading »

Lancaster County Uses A Decade Of Rapid Growth To Prepare For A Boom 2020s

What a difference a decade can make. When the Great Recession hit, Lancaster County was already reeling from the loss of Springs Industries and its thousands of textile jobs that had sustained generations of local families. Unemployment skyrocketed and income levels dropped to among the lowest in the state. “We had become a poster child… Continue Reading »

Possibilities Unfold as a New Decade Dawns in York and Chester Counties

As the century turned, the northern end of South Carolina’s I-77 corridor was still seeing the shakeout of the end of textile’s domination of the regional economy. Twenty years later, as a new decade dawns, that transformation is complete, and while advanced textile manufacturers still have a presence here, the local manufacturing base has become… Continue Reading »

New Sites Help Fairfield, Richland Counties Anchor a Promising New Decade

A ready workforce, attractive lifestyle and, last but not least, more than 2,500 acres of new possibilities await industrial prospects at the southern end of the Palmetto State’s I-77 corridor as a new decade dawns. Those two counties — Richland and Fairfield — are now home to about 435,000 people and include the vibrant state… Continue Reading »

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 »

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