Things to Get Excited By!
THERE ARE GOOD NEWS FOR THE CHARLESTON AREA
...Because of increased business at the PORT of CHARLESTON! • The State Ports Authority reported that container volume increased by 7% last month (compared with the same month last year...
…because of BOEING! • One of three locations world-wide • Estimated to bring 3,800 jobs in the next seven years • New Facility: construction is underway with an estimated 3000 workers to build the plant; slated to open mid-2011 • Already invested $1 billion in our community, expansion is an additional $750 million investment
…because of CLEMSON WIND TURBINES! • $98 million investment • Job Creation: 121 construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs now and more to come in the future • International leader in the development of wind energy • Facility is unique in the US and around the world
…because of CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES! • 53 cruise ships will originate from Charleston • 16 cruise ships will make one-day port-of-call stops • $37 million economic impact on the region
…because of MAERSK! • World’s largest shipping line • Continue calling on the Port of Charleston until at least 2014 • Close to 20% of the SPA’s business
…because of MSC RITA! • Largest container ship to tie up in the U.S. South Atlantic Coast • Will bring 52 ships per year to our port • Importance of harbor depth • Charleston has the deepest natural harbor in the South Atlantic
Recent Rankings for Charleston… • Best Cities for Business, a top 50 MSA – MarketWatch (January 2010) • Most Livable Cities in America, first-place honors – U.S. Conference of Mayors (July 2009) • World's Smartest Cities, among top 10 for strong infrastructure, attractive economy and savvy urban planning – Forbes (December 2009) • Best Cities for Technology Jobs, among nation’s top 10 – Forbes (June 2009) • Next Cities: Best Places to Live & Work for Young Professionals, 2nd among cities population 100,000 to 200,000 – Next Generation Consulting (June 2009)
(Most of these news were contributed by Deb Meteraud of Genesis Technologies, Inc. http://www.genesistech.com)