In Upstate SC, are we more Team USA or Team Germany?June 26, 2014
On the eve of the World Cup match up between the U.S. and Germany, an interesting question arises. Does the Upstate of South Carolina pull more for Team USA or Team Germany? These thoughts are brought on by a recent blog post from the Brookings Institution entitled World Cup of FDI: Which U.S. Metro Areas May Hold Closet Germany Fans?
According to new data on foreign direct investment (FDI) in U.S. metro areas, 512,000 U.S. workers receive their paycheck from a German company. By sheer numbers alone, the Spartanburg, S.C. metropolitan area comes in 5th with 12,600 workers falling behind the much larger metros of New York, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. Currently there are more than 105 German-owned companies in the Upstate including BMW, ZF, Bosch and Adidas, In total it is estimated that 19,480 workers across the Upstate receive their paycheck from a German company.
So who will you be pulling for in the big game? Click here to read the full post.