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The Inland Port boosts efficiency for international freight movements between the Port of Charleston and companies located across the Southeast, and the project is creating additional economic investment in the South Carolina Upstate, where BMW, Michelin and other international manufacturers already operate.


Posted in: News

Tags: inland port, exports

Apprenticeship Carolina provides businesses in South Carolina with unique access to all the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs.


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Workforce, Education

Tags: Apprenticeship Carolina, apprenticeships, Brookings Institution

With more companies looking to establish or expand operations in South Carolina we reached out to Didi Caldwell, Senior Principal with Global Location Strategies (GLS), an Upstate, S.C.-based firm with 40-plus years of experience in ‪‎site selection‬, to offer her insight into current and future industry trends.


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Contributor Spotlight

Tags: site selection, area development

How can Upstate South Carolina capitalize on the rising demand for American-made goods to become a recognized leader in the world economy?


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Global Economy

Tags: exports, Global Cities Initiative, Brookings Institution, international

This week BMW Manufacturing celebrated the production of its 3 millionth vehicle assembled at its plant in Upstate South Carolina and the company is on pace to be the highest-capacity plant in the BMW global system by the end of 2016.


Posted in: Celebrations, News

Tags: BMW

Read how Upstate South Carolina leaders have created an innovative way to build the next-gen workforce through a weeklong series of crowd-sourced programs and signature events designed to promote cultural and economic development with a celebration and showcase of STEM, innovation and entrepreneurial activity in Upstate South Carolina.


Posted in: Celebrations, News

Tags: STEM, iMAGINE Upstate, ryan heafy, education, next generation workforce, skilled workforce

We get a few minutes with Dee Kivett, Automotive Engineering Instructor at CU-ICAR and CEO of NextGen Supply Chain Integrators, to discuss the current state of STEM education. 


Posted in: Education, News, Upstate Thoughts


Upstate South Carolina’s competitive cost of doing business, low unionization rate and highly skilled work force help place the region at the forefront of the manufacturing industry in the United States. To gain a better understanding of how the region is poised for additional growth, we take some time to speak with SCMA President and CEO Lewis Gossett.


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts

Tags: South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance, SCMA, Lewis Gossett, manufacturing, Manufacturing Renaissance