Business & Economy

SC's Aerospace Industry Continues to Rise

By A. Crouch

airplane

A new study was released this week at S.C.’s Aerospace Conference and Expo that showed the industry continues to grow and has a $19 billion impact on the state. The South Carolina Council on Competiveness released an economic impact study that shows a $2 billion increase in the aerospace industry since 2014.

VIDEO | Cupcakes for a Cure Brings Sweetness to Lexington

By A. Esselman

A cupcake made by Cupcakes for a Cure

It is not often that you will see a fully functional business run by three 6th-graders. But that's exactly what Charlie, Katelyn, and Mattie are doing.

These three eleven-year-olds won't let their age stop them from running a thriving cupcake business. Check out how Charlie, Katelyn, and Mattie are changing the world one cupcake at a time.

City Roots: Columbia's In-Town Farm

By T. Safdi

Plants in the greenhouse at City Roots

City Roots is an in-town sustainable 2.75 acre farm in the city of Columbia. This urban farm not only grows fresh, organic food for the community but it's also grown roots in the hearts of the people they serve.

Made in SC: Mercedes Benz Vans

By A. Crouch

ground breaking

This week, in North Charleston, Mercedes Benz Vans broke ground on its first U.S. manufacturing plant. The plant will produce the Sprinter vans and is an expansion to an existing assembly site. The company is expected to invest $500 million and create 1,300 jobs in South Carolina, in addition to 400 new jobs at local suppliers.

Filmmaking Industry Growing in SC

By S. Hankinson

Film Industry in South Carolina

Thanks to legislation by South Carolina lawmakers, the state’s film industry is growing. On a recent podcast, director of the South Carolina Film Commission Tom Clark talked about the growth. Recently, South Carolina legislators passed a law making what was originally supposed to be a temporary proviso permanent, in hopes of making South Carolina a more tempting place for filmmakers to do business.

South Carolina Ports Authority Harbor Deepening

By W. Richardson

SC ports

Recently, the South Carolina Ports Authority exported its two millionth BMW, which was manufactured  at the plant in Greer. Plans are underway to deepen the Port, which will expand the Port's competitiveness and capabilities, as it continues to be a force for growing the economy in our state.

 

VIDEO | How Columbia has Changed over the Past Decade

By A. Esselman

Main Street in Columbia facing the State House

Columbia is one of only five American cities that is home to both the state capital and the state university. Toss in a pinch of Southern charm (and cuisine), plus the nation’s largest U.S. Army training facility in nearby Fort Jackson, and you have a lively stew of ideas, commerce, and innovation.

Columbia has always drawn its influences from the coastal Lowcountry and the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Upcountry to create South Carolina’s most diverse architecture. And the city is continuing to improve with all the new development that’s been going on in the last few years.

Q&A | Making Columbia a Hub for Innovation

By A. Esselman

Panelists discussing questions

What draws people to a city? What makes people stay? What really makes a city a great place to be?

These questions and others were discussed in the recently renovated City Hall in downtown Columbia on the night of June 8 as a way to bring together the arts, business and technology, and government communities, in collaboration, to make Columbia a better place for innovation.

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