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South Carolina is moving to become the nation's first certified work ready state, ensuring new and existing industries have the ability to draw from a highly-qualified job pool.


Posted in: Workforce

Tags: next generation workforce, skilled workforce, workforce development, work ready, Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, pickens, Spartanburg

Read why Bob Wright thinks S.C.'s success in advanced manufacturing, workforce development and quality of life make the state prime to become a bio hotbed.  


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Biosciences

Tags: bioscience, biosciences, quality of life

President and CEO of site selection and economic development consulting firm asserts that two of South Carolina’s biggest assets when attracting business are the success of BMW and influence of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Automotive

Tags: BMW, volvo, Nikki Haley

Upstate South Carolina took home another award last week when Fodor’s Travel named Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail to its list of America’s Best Urban Bike Paths.


Posted in: Rankings & Recognitions

Tags: quality of life, quality of place

According to the CBRE’s recent reports, the Greenville-Spartanburg market has almost five million square feet of industrial space under construction—the highest level of development in the area over the past 15 years.


Posted in: News

Tags: industrial park, BMW, site selection, CBRE, greenville county, greenville, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, Anderson County

Volvo announced it will establish its first U.S. plant in South Carolina and that will have a major ripple effect on the automotive suppliers in the Upstate. 


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Automotive, Celebrations

Tags: automotive, automotive supplier, volvo

Why do more than 150 automotive-related companies, including BMW, Bosch, Magna, Michelin and ZF call Upstate South Carolina home?


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts, Workforce, Rankings & Recognitions, Automotive, Global Economy

Tags: automotive, CU-ICAR, skilled workforce, next generation workforce, economic development, BMW

Milliken & Company operates from the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C. with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, France and China. While the company benefits from a highly successful approach to free trade, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal profiles how that was not always the case.


Posted in: Upstate Thoughts

Tags: Milliken, exports, Free Trade