Posted By Alan Donald @ Jan 31st 2022 8:25pm In: Charleston

SC Upwards Trend

Banner Year for SC Economic Development Led by Local Expansion Project

Google's $500 million planned expansion of its data center near Moncks Corner was the single largest capital investment announcement for the state in 2021... a banner year for South Carolina with a record $5.7 billion in economic development planned across the state. This was not all for Berkeley County, as the state's 8th largest investment announced last year is for a $118 million expansion of the Volvo Cars plant for its electric-vehicle plans. The largest project announced in terms of job creation for 2021 is by Canadian digital services provider Telus International, who is opening a new call center in North Charleston for which 1,200 operating staff will be hired by the end of this year. Read more here.

Opportunity to Participate in MUSC Health's New Community Genetic Testing Research Project: In Our DNA SC

MUSC Health is partnering with Helix to conduct a four-year research project to develop genetic and research databases intended to help researchers learn more about causes, effective treatments and improved health care for certain diseases. They are seeking 100,000 volunteers to participate and in return will provide them (and their health providers) with free confidential health information about their genetic risks for certain conditions. There is also the opportunity to receive free genetic ancestry and traits reports.  Read more here.

Charleston County's 6 Leading Industries

As our metro area has continued to diversify and grow in terms of industry and population, Charleston County has seen six industrial sectors cement and newly claim their presence in our economy. They are Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Tech, Life Sciences and Logistics. Leaders in each of these sectors who call Charleston home and easily come to mind include Boeing, Mercedes-Benz Vans, the Naval Information Warfare Center, Blackbaud, MUSC and SC Ports Authority, respectively.  To learn more about the presence, contribution and impact made in the region by each of these sectors, read more here.