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Working together makes South Carolina 'Just Right' for business

Author: Anita Zucker

Source: The Post and Courier

October 1, 2014

South Carolina's economy continues to gain momentum. Last year was a record year for the Palmetto State, with the highest level of investment recruited to the state in our history. And a series of recent economic development announcements - both here in the Lowcountry and across the state - are further proof that South Carolina is attractive for business investment and growth.

So far this year, the state has announced more than $3.9 billion in corporate investment and over 15,000 new jobs coming to the state. Here in the Lowcountry companies in a variety of sectors are infusing our economy with jobs through new operations or expansions.

As one example, South Carolina's aerospace employment has grown more than 600 percent over the past five years. And the signs that South Carolina is "Just right" for business span the state and cover many industries. Consider these points:

South Carolina is No. 1 in the country in recruiting local jobs by foreign-owned companies - for two years in a row.

Our state is the nation's top producer and exporter of tires.

We're ranked second in the nation for high-tech employment growth.

Forbes ranked South Carolina's regulatory environment fifth in the nation for business.

These kinds of things are why we've grown our business and raised our family here - but what is it exactly that makes South Carolina "Just right"?

South Carolina has a talented workforce, thanks to a wide range of workforce development programs through our technical college system and the support of other higher education institutions.

For example, Trident Technical College has worked with high schools and employers to create apprenticeship programs that allow students to gain hands-on experience and earn credentials that lead to good paying jobs. Ideas and initiatives such as this have been crucial to our ability to attract, maintain and grow our own talent.

One very important thing that sets us apart from other states is the way our people and companies come together to tell others about what's right with South Carolina.

That's the idea behind the "Just right" effort, led by a coalition of private businesses, local organizations and government agencies engaged in boosting the business community in all corners of the state.

When we all sing the praises of living and doing business here, we will continue to do great things.

Through this effort, we can attract even more new companies, help small businesses grow and succeed, recruit and foster new talent and increase prosperity across South Carolina.

A great state deserves passionate supporters. We think every South Carolinian has a role to play, and we invite you to join the "Just right" movement to share your love of the Palmetto State - why it's the best place to live, work and play.

To tell your "Just right" story, visit www.scjustright.com.

Anita Zucker is CEO of The InterTech Group.

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